Adopt A Drifter Buoy for Your Classroom

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Climate Observation (OCO) established the Adopt a Drifter Program (ADP) in December 2004 for K-12 teachers and university professors from the United States along with international educators. This program provides teachers with the opportunity to infuse ocean observing system data into their curriculum. A drifting buoy (drifter) is a floating ocean buoy equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensing instruments linked to transmitting equipment where the observed data are sent to data collecting centers. An initial global array of 1250 drifting buoys was completed during 2005.  Find out how to apply to adopt a drifter

Interpretive Education Associate (Maine)

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine has an opening for an Interpretive Education Associate. This year-round position is responsible for coordinating volunteer naturalists to lead school programs and public tours, facilitating teacher trainings, scheduling guided school programs, leading a variety of educational interpretive programs, assisting with the planning of special events, and developing curriculum and instructional materials. This is a two-year grant-funded position at 32 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend work. There is the possibility of extension after two years. For details visit online or contact Suzanne Eder <suzanne@wellsnerr.org>.

Free Family Beachcombing Program (Rhode Island)

Join University of Rhode Island Marine Outreach Scientists on a summer day at low tide for a two-hour beachwalk. Explore Fort Getty, one of Rhode Island’s unique coastal beaches. This program gives young people a special chance to have their questions answered about the plants, animals, and minerals found on the beach.  Saturday, August 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This  beachcombing event is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call the Office of Marine Programs at 874-6211.  Groups meet at the Fort Getty beach pavilion and all children must be accompanied by an adult.


NOAA Expedition Education Module

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration and Research Program has launched the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition Web page on its Ocean Explorer website

Educators working with scientists from the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition developed an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module (EEM) for the mission. Designed for teachers of students in Grades 5-12, the EEM offers an Expedition Purpose, Lessons tied to the National Science Education Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, Interactive Multimedia Components for students, OceanAGE Career Connections, and Other Resources and Links to help educators bring the excitement behind the Living Light on the Deep-Sea Floor Expedition into their classrooms.

Web logs, written by educators and scientists that capture daily activities and discoveries, complete with compelling video and images, will be posted within 24 hours of their receipt from the explorers on the Ocean Explorer Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition website. An “Ask an Explorer” feature will also be available for students to submit questions to, and receive answers from, the explorers during the expedition.