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

Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report and Upcoming Public Meeting

On September 17, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.  The report is in response to a Memorandum issued by President Obama on June 12 to the Heads of the Executive Departments and Agencies, stating “In order to better meet our Nation’s stewardship responsibilities for the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, there is established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, to be led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.”  The Interim Report provides a preliminary overview of suggested National Policy, Policy Coordination Framework, and Implementation to best meet the President’s charge.  The report is open for a 30 day public comment period.  The Task Force seeks input on its work from interested communities, governments, tribes, businesses, associations, non-governmental organizations and the general public.

On September 24, Obama Administration officials will hold their third regional Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.  The public is encouraged to attend and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.  The meeting will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Ballrooms D & E, One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903.  More information

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