Ocean Motion

Learn to identify weather-related patterns in satellite data of ocean surface currents, ocean temperature, and winds with special attention given to El Niño. Read about the mechanisms that trigger this ocean phenomena. Find out about the interplay between the ocean and the atmosphere that creates global weather patterns that affect millions of people. Visit Ocean Motion

National Ocean Service Widgets

A widget is a small piece of web programming code that adds content to your blog, wiki, or web page.  Information in a widget can feature updated content or let the readers do something like use a search box.  NOAA’s National Ocean Service offers widgets for Ocean Facts, the NOS YouTube Channel, the NOS Twitter account, and more.

HAB Resources

HAB Monitoring in Whyville NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) sponsored a scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to create and regularly update a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring feature in the virtual world of Whyville, including the virtual Plankton Lab at the Whyville Oceanographic Institute. (Find out more about WHOI and Whyville.) Visit Whyville

Help! It’s an HAB! from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is part of a series of lessons that provide information and materials to teach students about the effects of harmful algal blooms on fish, as well as devising remediation techniques.The website features links to other related lessons and pages as well as a chart of education standards met by these activities by grade level.

Why Do We Explore – Online

Join the College of Exploration and NOAA’s Ocean Explorer for the free online teacher workshop, Why Do We Explore, October 5-16, 2009.  This is the second workshop in a series of teacher professional development opportunities focused around NOAA’s new ship, the Okeanos Explorer.  Scientific keynote presenters and education facilitators will work with participants to delve into the benefits of ocean exploration targeting climate change, energy, human health and ocean health.  Interact with scientists, converse and share classroom applications with other educators, and find a wealth of multimedia resources.  The workshop will introduce the first in a series of Leader’s Guides for Classroom Explorers Why Do We Explore? with associated exploration lessons and hands-on activities.  The workshop will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


ROV Building Workshop – Massachusetts

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science, MIT Sea Grant, and partners offer an ROV building workshop for middle and high school teachers, November 6-7, 2009 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Participants will experience the MIT SeaPerch program through building their own ROV and then exploring how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field.  Teachers will receive a complete ROV kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide.

Contact Amy Hoffmaster at ahoffmaster@mits.org

Postcards from the Deep Aboard Alvin the Submersible

What’s it like to visit the deep sea in a manned submersible?   Dr. Timothy Killeen will be making a dive in the Alvin to a location in the deep sea off of the US Pacific coast, and sharing some photos and thoughts with you here. The Alvin is a manned submersible, which is supported by the Research Vehicle Atlantis. Check out a photo album of images from the dive, and read the postcards!

Name That Sea Turtle

The New England Aquarium has a new sea turtle, and the public is invited to suggest names for this Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which has an inspiring tale of survival. The contest winner will help introduce this endangered turtle to its home in the Aquarium’s four-story Giant Ocean Tank. The public can submit names at the Aquarium or online
Over two years ago, this turtle was found floating off the Louisiana coast with a fractured shell and skull caused by a strike from a boat propeller. Her eye was severely injured, and her brain was visible. She was taken to the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans where a group of animal rehabilitation staff began work on her but did not expect that she would make it. Too injured and thin to undergo surgery, they fed her a gruel of crab, squid, fish and clams through a tube three times a day for several weeks. Once more robust and stable, she underwent surgery and had her shell repaired with metal plates.
Two years later, she is as healthy as can be hoped for, but she is blind in one eye with poor hunting skills. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has certified that she would not be able to survive if released back to the wild. Instead, she will launch a career in marine education as millions of human visitors will see her in the Aquarium’s huge and stunning Caribbean coral reef exhibit that features four other sea turtles and 150 other species of sea creatures.
This sea turtle has likely been to Massachusetts before! Kemps hatch on beaches in the western Gulf of Mexico. However, many of these juvenile sea turtles visit the waters south of Cape Cod in the summer to feed on crabs.

Women in Science Conference at MIT – FREE

MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies invites you to a one-day conference:
Futures of Science, Race and Gender
Saturday – September 26, 2009
10:30am – 5:00pm
*Lunch provided to conference participants*
*Open to the public*
*No registration required*
MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room 141, Cambridge, MA 02139 Conference details here