Education Notes in Ocean Policy Task Force Draft Report

The draft report of the Ocean Policy Task Force was released for public comment on September 17.  The draft report is available online, as is a place to submit your comments.
Thanks to the comments from the community earlier in this process, education shows up in a few places in this draft document, i.e.:

* Principle 6 (pg 16) addresses education: “United States policies, programs, and activities should enhance formal and informal education about the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes and their uses to build a foundation for greater understanding and improved stewardship, and build capacity to produce future scientists, managers, and members of a dynamic and innovative workforce.”
* Page 32 on the plan says: “The Plan Should Address:  Challenges, gaps, opportunities, and effective strategies for training and recruiting the current and next generation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists, technicians, operators, managers, and policy makers, with a particular focus on the needs of disadvantaged or under-served communities; and Identification of successful formal and informal education and public outreach approaches, including their application toward a focused nation-wide campaign to build public awareness, engagement, understanding, and informed decision-making, with specific emphasis on the state of ecosystems. “

Ocean Surface Topography from Space – Website

News items on the NASA Ocean Surface Topography from Space website:

NASA Tsunami Research Makes Waves
NASA’s climate website updates the Sea Level Viewer
Oceans of Climate Change Video

Visit Ocean Surface Topography from Space

Finding Funds for Field Trips – Teacher Workshop

Finding funds for a field trip to an aquarium or other informal learning institution may seem more challenging than ever, making now an ideal time to start considering grant funding. Join members of Mystic Aquarium’s development and education teams to discover how you can find funding to support your classes’ participation in informal learning programs. You will learn how to locate potential funding sources and will receive helpful hints to make your next proposal standout from the rest.

Teacher Workshop: Finding Funds for an Aquarium Visit, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, Connecticut, Thursday, November 5, 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Cost: $20

Pre-registration is required for all programs at Mystic Aquarium. To inquire about a program, complete the online Program Registration Form. Upon receipt of the form, a reservations staff member will contact you to answer your questions and finalize your reservation. To speak directly to a member of the reservations team, call 860.572.5955 ext. 520.

Marine Life Center Lecture

On Friday, October 23 at 7 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present a special program on the National Marine Life Center’s new marine animal hospital. This program is free and open to the public.

Marine Biology Course for Elementary Educators – Online

The Wildlife Conservation Society offers Online Teacher Training Courses for teachers, in conjunction with the Bronx Zoo. Offered in spring 2010 is a six-week course on Marine Biology for Elementary Educators.

Swimming Fishes Game

COSEE-NOW presents Swimming Fishes, a human-sized board game appropriate for 10-15 year olds, that demonstrates how changes in water temperature may affect fisheries distribution. Visit Swimming Fishes

Visit the Education Materials archive from COSEE-NOW

K-8 Classroom Activities That Focus on the Ocean

This month’s Land, Sea and Air Educator Newsletter from Sea World focuses on the ocean.  Included are links to classroom activities by grade, from K-8; a PowerPoint presentation available for classroom use; a selection of online animal infobooks that contain a range of information about several marine mammals and ecosystems; a series of online FunGuides that explore underwater habitats;  and links to more.  Read Land Sea and Air

Art Contest Featuring Research Vessel

Encourage your students and colleagues’ students to submit entries for the J-aRt Contest, accepting any artwork featuring the intrepid research vessel JOIDES Resolution and her scientists and crew. Prizes include a visit to the winning school by members of the JR team.

Learn more about the ship

Enter the art contest

Questions: art@oceanleadership.org

Online Learning from American Museum of Natural History

For those of you looking for a professional development or graduate course this year, registration is open for 2009 – 2010 sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History. Seminars on Science is in full swing for the upcoming academic year with eleven courses on the roster.  Courses include The Ocean System and Water: Environmental Science. Everything you might want to know about the program (including free resources, syllabi and info on how to sign up for graduate credit) can be found on the  website
Registration for Fall session 2 closes October 5th.  Sign up by September 21st for a $50 discount!
If you have any questions email seminfo@amnh.org or call: 800-649-6715

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