NOAA Ocean Exploration Workshop at New England Aquarium

NOAA Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Workshop – Part I of II
From bioluminescent corals to deep vent worms, from tropical underwater volcanoes to the Arctic Ocean floor, bring the excitement of current ocean science discoveries to your students using the Ocean Exploration curriculum from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum, “Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration”, and CD-ROMs with additional tools for students to engage in learning about multidisciplinary ocean exploration. You can use these inquiry-based activities in biology, earth, physical, and/or marine science courses to connect your students to the excitement of NOAA Ocean Exploration as they travel from the Galapagos Rift to the Arctic Ocean, from Alaskan and New England seamounts to those in the Hawaiian Islands.

Grades: 6-12

Date:  Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE!

Advance registration is required.
To register, email trc@neaq.org.

For questions, please call the Teacher Resource Center at 617-973-6590.

(Part II of this workshop will be held in May 2010.)

Educator Appreciation Night at New England Aquarium – September 30

On Wednesday, September 30 join your colleagues for a fun, informative evening exploring the educational programs offered at the Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theatre.  Experience a Giant Ocean Tank Talk,  embark on a cruise of Boston Harbor,  catch a screening of Under the Sea 3D in our IMAX theater and more!

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  (Early birds may arrive at 3:30 p.m. for free Duck Boat tours and a harbor cruise)

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by Monday, September 28. Space is limited, and events are on a first come, first served basis.

To register, visit http://www.neaq.org/educators.

Please note: This event is for educators only.  Please pass this information on to other colleagues.

For questions, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206.

News Release: Human Impacts and Environmental Factors Are Changing the Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem

This news release provides an excellent overview that is relevant to NEOSEC members as we plan the next Ocean Summit on ecosystem principles:

Fish in U.S. waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border have moved away from their traditional, long-time habitats over the past four decades because of fundamental changes in the regional ecosystem, according to a new report by NOAA researchers. The 2009 Ecosystem Status Report, prepared by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center headquartered in Woods Hole, Mass., also points out the need to manage the waters off the northeastern coast of the United States as a whole rather than as a series of separate and unrelated components.

To learn more, go to:
http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/press_release/2009/SciSpot/SS0912/index.html

Arctic Ocean Exploration Blog

The RUSALCA mission set sail from Nome, Alaska on the Russian Research Vessel Professor Khromov on August 22, for a 40-day voyage into the Bering Strait and northwards to the Pacific side of the Arctic Ocean. RUSALCA stands for Russian-American Long Term Census of the Arctic, and also means mermaid in Russian.  RUSALCA is managed by NOAA¹s Arctic Research Program with contribution from Ocean Exploration and Research, and in Russia by Group Alliance. The public can learn more about this international expedition through blog posts, written by Reuters reporter Jeffrey Jones, who is onboard the first leg of the 2009 RUSALCA expedition.
Check out the expedition online

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