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Marine Science Kits For Massachusetts Teachers

The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program (www.us-ocb.org), whose Project Office is based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), recently acquired science kits from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE) (based at the University of Hawaii) for use by regional teachers. Teachers can use these kits free of charge.

C-MORE has developed a number of science kits covering various topics in oceanography (http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/science_kits.htm). C-MORE science kits offer lesson plans and materials for hands-on science activities in a self-contained format. They are designed for use with a range of grade levels. Each kit provides the information and supplies necessary for educators to teach their students about a particular topic in oceanography. These easy to use kits are a great resource for any classroom.
Ocean Acidification kit (6-12th grade): http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/science_kits/ocean_acid_kit.htm
Marine Mystery kit (3rd-8th grade):  http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/science_kits/marine_mystery_kit.htm
To request a kit
Visit  http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/science_kits/requestform.htm and select Massachusetts as state. Choose the kit you are most interested in and an email message will automatically be sent. You will be contacted directly.

Oceans à la Carte Workshop for K-12 Educators – Rhode Island

Join us at URI’s Bay Campus for a full menu of oceanography, marine, and environmental science presentations and workshop sessions for formal and informal educators. Choose from a variety of presentations by leading scientists, hands-on activities, and content information sessions. Door prizes include a free interpretive program from URI’s Narragansett Bay Classroom.  Keynote presentation by Dr. Christopher Deacutis, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. “A Changing World: A Changing Bay? Water Quality Conditions in Narragansett Bay and Potential Climate-Driven Concerns.” Dr. Deacutis will cover some of the major water quality issues that presently exist in Narragansett Bay and discuss some of the troubling recent changes in climate and how they may be enhancing negative water quality impacts in the Bay.  Featured presentations and workshops will cover topics including:  Seawater Chemistry, Sustainable Seafood, Sea Level Rise, Sound in the Sea, Estuarine Environments, Using Real Time Data in the Classroom

In addition to the keynote, presentations and workshops, an opportunity to tour the Inner Space Center will be available.  The Inner Space Center utilizes telepresence technologies connecting the world to oceanographic exploration projects in real time to sharing the excitement of undersea discovery as it happens.

Saturday, May 22, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm,  Coastal Institute, URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus

Preregistration and prepayment by credit card or check is REQUIRED. Please visit http://omp.gso.uri.edu for a downloadable registration form. Registration deadline May 17, 2010.  For more information:  Call 401-874-6211 or email akecskes@gso.uri.edu. A map and full agenda will be sent to those who have sent in their fee and completed registration form.  More information regarding concurrent sessions and presentations will be posted on the Office of Marine Programs website, http://omp.gso.uri.edu.

Oceanography Graduate Courses For Educators at URI

University of Rhode Island marine scientists Gail Scowcroft and Christopher Knowlton, of the Office of Marine Programs, will teach the Fall 2009 semester course, Oceanography for Educators.

Oceanography for Educators is designed specifically for K-12 and informal science educators, and offers a breadth of information across the ocean science disciplines, including properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, coastal processes, and marine biodiversity. Discussions will include geologic and ecologic history of Rhode Island’s coastal environments. Saturday field sessions will cover Rhode Island’s four distinct coastal ecosystems with hands-on field activities. Projects include the development of inquiry-based activities for classroom use. The course will be held in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.  The seven classroom sessions begin on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 and will meet on Wednesday October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4 and 18 from 4 to 7:00 pm.  As well as three Saturday field sessions, meeting October 3, 10, and 17 from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee for the course is $650 (an additional $175 fee must be paid separately to the URI College of Continuing Education if requesting credit).  Registration through the URI Narragansett Bay Classroom is required, please call 401-874-6211; do not register through URI’s e-Campus.  Purchase of a textbook is also required.

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