Interactive Virtual Lab on Ocean Acidification

Stanford University’s Virtual Urchin website has  interactive tutorials on using microscopes and  several on aspects of sea urchin biology, as well as a new interactive virtual lab on ocean acidification.  (all resources free, open-access)

Students use a virtual lab bench and current research data to investigate ocean acidification. The developers plan to make modifications to the activity (combine some steps, make the hit spots larger, use a “lab equipment ID/safety check” as an intro to the lab,  etc.), so email your suggestions to Pam Miller <>

Free Online Weather Course for K-12 Teachers

The American Meteorological Society is again offering a free online weather course, “DataStreme Atmosphere,” beginning in January 2010.  The course offers teachers free educational materials and access to the semester course.
Visit here for complete information about how to apply, what materials are supplied, what the program expects from participants, how to contact your state’s LIT Leader.
Participants must be teaching professionals at the precollege level who live in an area served by a Local Implementation Team (LIT).
locate an LIT Leader

Live Webcasts from Dr. Robert Ballard

Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard will discuss his recent deep-sea discoveries;  introduce the new, state-of-the-art ship of exploration; and reveal the details of his 2010 expedition via a live webcast. On December 3, Immersion Learning™ brings Dr. Ballard’s world of ocean exploration live to audiences via webcasts at The live webcasts are the first to take place from Dr. Ballard’s new Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Campus, which serves as “mission control” for undersea exploration.

Dr. Ballard will share stories and underwater video from the Institute for Exploration’s recent expedition to the Aegean Sea, where they discovered five shipwreck sites from aboard the E/V Nautilus, Dr. Ballard’s new ship of exploration. The ship is linked to the Inner Space Center, allowing scientists and Immersion Learning students to “step aboard,” regardless of their location. Dr. Ballard will introduce audiences to the Nautilus and discuss his 2010 expedition, a six-month trip that includes a return to the Aegean and Black seas, as well as his first-ever exploration of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

The 30-minute live webcasts can be watched on at 1:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Viewers may submit their questions and comments before or during the webcast for the question-and-answer session.

Courses and Internships for Students at Shoals Marine Lab

The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML), run jointly by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, is located on Appledore Island, Maine (Isles of Shoals), off Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  SML offers courses for high school, college and graduate students as well as internships.

ROV Footage Google Map

The Museum of Animal Perspectives (MAP) is a website containing animal-related video imagery from around the world. Check out this section which contains underwater ROV imagery

For Students – MANTA: Marine Science And Nautical Training Academy

MANTA offers unique marine science education programs to high school and college students.  Students live aboard a large catamaran sailboat in the British Virgin Islands while being immersed in marine science, receiving their PADI scuba diving certification, and learning to sail.  MANTA’s research scientists and instructors teach in a “flippers on” style, and the syllabus includes lectures and labs on several aspects of marine science based on the Ocean Literacy principles and concepts, as well as active participation in publishable marine research.  The summer 2010 programs are scheduled and open for enrollment.  Visit MANTA online for additional information, including trip details and the online application.  The college program requires registration through the Center for International Education of the College of Charleston.

Non-Profits – Include Events in EduWeek Calendar

Education Week will publish its 2010 Spring Calendar of Events as a special supplement to the February 3, 2010, issue. The Spring Calendar is a great opportunity for organizations to share their upcoming events with Education Week and readers, including administrators, counselors, parents, policymakers, reading specialists, researchers, school board members, teacher educators, teachers, and technology personnel.  All listings are free! Submit your event here!
Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2009.

Job Opening – Marine Scientist/Education Specialist, Washington

The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC), Western Washington University, Anacortes, WA,  invites applications for the part-time position of Marine Scientist (Exempt Professional position).  The position will cover half-time salary plus benefits for three years beginning January 1, 2010.  The position is partially funded by an NSF grant supporting SPMC’s participation in the COSEE-Pacific Partnerships program.  See the SPMC website for a complete description of programs and facilities.

In addition to maintaining a research program, duties include serving as a marine science public education specialist. Doctorate in marine science required. For a full description of the position and application procedures, contact

Teacher Workshop at International Polar Year Science Conference – Oslo, Norway

The International Polar Year (IPY), from March 2007 to March 2009, was a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic.IPY involved thousands of scientists from more than 60 nations in a wide range of physical, biological and social research. The IPY Oslo Science Conference (IPY-OSC 2010) will be the first major meeting of scientists to share results from IPY research. Education, outreach and communication (EOC) has been a central part of IPY and we would like to give teachers and other educators the opportunity to share their experiences. If you have not been involved in IPY, but want to use polar issues in your classroom, you are also welcome to participate.
Vist the website to learn more

Or contact Louise Huffman <>

Exhibit Design for an Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

COSEE-NOW invites you to participate in an online seminar series that will discuss the challenges of designing exhibits using real-time data from Ocean Observing Systems.

Exhibit Design for an Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)