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Ocean Acidification Documentary

Acid Test: the Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification, a film produced by the National Resources Defense Council, was made to raise awareness about the problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet.  The video and additional outtakes can be viewed online or downloaded from the website

Ocean Videos and Webcast during Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is conducted annually by the American Geological Institute in cooperation with various sponsors, including NASa. The theme of Earth Science Week, “Understanding Climate,” promotes scientific understanding of the timely and vital topic of Earth’s climate. NASA resources and activities will be available to educators and students before, during and after this special week, which takes place October 11-17. Tides of Change: A five-part video series on the connection between ocean and climate will be posted during Earth Science Week. NASA’s Digital Learning Network will host a webcast October 14 with NASA oceanographers Marcianna Delaney and Gene Feldman on ocean science discoveries and careers.

Immersion Learning Website

Immersion Learning, one of three divisions of Sea Research Foundation, Inc. (Mystic Aquarium and the Institute for Exploration are the other two), is a dynamic, hands-on science education program that provides schools and informal learning organizations with the opportunity to host interactive science experiences for students in grades 4 through 8. Live webcasts from oceanographer Bob  Ballard’s scientific expeditions, hands-on activities and Internet resources are all part of the themed curricula that brings ocean adventures and discoveries into classrooms, igniting students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and showing marked increases in students’ attention levels, scientific knowledge and language arts skills.

Immersionlearning.org features mission logs, videos and photos from Dr. Ballard’s deep-sea expeditions, as well as interactive puzzles and games. Kids can map their own shipwrecks, build a remotely operated vehicle, create their own movie about the Titanic and more, while educators can download classroom activity ideas and other resources, as well as communicate via message boards. New is the Kids Explore online video series, which shows young explorers how they can become environmental ambassadors. The five-minute videos feature kids across the country engaged in conservation and science projects related to oceans and aquatic life.

Contact Becky Giantonio for more information. bgiantonio@mysticaquarium.org

NOSB Video Competition for High Schoolers

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) is hosting its second annual Living on the Ocean Planet video competition in partnership with the Census of Marine Life (CoML), the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). The goal is to showcase student-developed original videos that educate the general public about marine technology and address the Essential Ocean Literacy Principles. Regional winners will be selected and announced on April 1, 2010. A National winner will be announced at the 2010 NOSB Finals Competition in St. Petersburg, FL on April 23, 2010.

Contest details

Online Research Video Subscription

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format. JoVE recently published three videos of interest to NEwswave readers on seawater sampling and collecting, and filtration of coastal seawater samples. The videos are high-quality, and produced in conjunction with Steven J. Hallam, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia.  However, be aware that JoVE does charge a subscription fee in order to view the libary of videos, many of which are of a highly technical nature. There is a free one-day trial subscitption available.  Preview the seawater sampling video