Science Educator, Georgia – Job Opportunity

Driftwood Education Center on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, has an opening for a seasonal science educator. Details here

Hands-On Activities to Teach Physical Concepts in Oceanography

The Oceanography Society has published a supplement to the journal Oceanography that provides hands-on activities with strong content support to teach physical concepts in oceanography. The activities are presented as they were presented to college undergraduates, but the authors say that middle and high school teachers successfully adapted some of the activities.
Teaching Physical Concepts in Oceanography – An Inquiry-Based Approach, by Lee Karp-Boss, Emmanuel Boss, Herman Weller, James Loftin, and Jennifer Albright, The Oceanography Society, (TOS), August 2009.

from the Introduction:
” … offers a collection of hands-on/minds-on activities for teaching physical concepts that are fundamental in oceanography. These key concepts include density, pressure, buoyancy, heat and temperature, and gravity waves. …
“… The activities described in this supplement were developed as part of a Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) collaboration between scientists and education specialists, and they were implemented in two undergraduate courses that targeted sophomores, juniors, and seniors … and in four, week-long workshops for middle- and high school science eachers…
“… For each [concept], we provide background information followed by detailed descriptions and explanations of hands-on activities. …
“… Science teachers who participated in our workshops have successfully adapted some of the activities to their middle- and high-school classes.”

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Educational Videos, Live Webcast, Multimedia Resources on Ocean-Climate Connection from NASA

Understanding Climate is the theme of NASA’s Earth Science Week 2009 (ESW09), October 11-18, focusing on the connection between climate change and our oceans. A series of five short educational videos, entitled “Tides of Change”, focuses on the ocean-climate connection. Each educational video features a specific aspect of this connection, such as the water cycle or life in the ocean, and includes custom animation, data visualization and expert interviews.  Watch the videos. NASA’s Global Climate Change website hosts a wealth of ESW09 content, including the interactive 3-D Eyes on Earth. This application allows users to fly around the planet on the wings of a satellite, observing the planet’s vital signs from space. The Climate site is also a one-stop shop  for all of NASA’s best Earth science education resources related to the understanding of climate.  One of the highlights of Earth Science Week is alive educational webcast on October 14 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.  Classrooms around the country will participate in this live event focused on Earth science discoveries and careers. NASA oceanographers will discuss their careers, illustrate NASA’s unique view of the oceans from space, and answer questions submitted by participants.