Build Your Own ROV

NOAA scientist Doug Levin has developed a detailed manual to explain how to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for underwater use, either in your classroom or at home, for under $100.  The manual lists parts and pieces, where to find them, and photographs of how to assemble them.  The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website publications page offers the downloadable manual, along with ROV lesson plans, origami and other activities, and much more.  Download the manual

NSDL Brown Bag Webinars – Online

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Resource Center offers monthly Brown Bag webinars on topics of interest to STEM educators at all levels.  Sessions are typically scheduled for the final week of the month.  Learn about trends and issues in education, technology use in educational settings, and useful tools, services, and best practices.  Check out the upcoming brown bag, What Works? Using NSDL Collections in the K-12 Classroom, and look through the archives for information about open source technology tools you can use.  Brown Bag webinars

NSF Funding Website

The National Science Foundation offers a funding website which allows you to search for grants and funding.  Visitors can search by keyword, program area, current offerings, and through an advanced search.  There are categories for undergraduates and graduates, K-12 educators, and more.  The website also offers a Grant Proposal Guide and a helpful Application Guide.  Upcoming grants include ITEST (see below), teacher scholarship, Antarctic research, and many more.  Be sure to check this out if you haven’t visited before.  Visit the NSF funding website

Year of Science Oceans and Water Pages

The Year of Science Oceans and Water website is now live. Explore these pages and get a chance to name a new species of jellyfish, ask an oceanographer a question, download videos from ocean research expeditions, visit the Fun Zone, and more.
Marine geophysicist Jian Lin deploying instruments. Jian will answer your questions by email!

Marine geophysicist Jian Lin deploying instruments. Jian will answer your questions by email!

Job Openings at Bigelow Lab

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine has two job openings: Lab Manager and Education Coordinator (half-time position). Job descriptions and application instructions

NASA Satellite Detects Red Glow to Map Global Ocean Plant Health

Researchers have conducted the first global analysis of the health and productivity of ocean plants, as revealed by a unique signal detected by a NASA satellite. Ocean scientists can now remotely measure the amount of fluorescent red light emitted by ocean phytoplankton and assess how efficiently the microscopic plants are turning sunlight and nutrients into food through photosynthesis. They can also study how changes in the global environment alter these processes, which are at the center of the ocean food web. Read more