MITS 2010 Summer Institutes

MITS, Inc. Museum Institute for Teaching Science, presents Interactions in the Sciences: Observe, Investigate, Explain: Explore how cycles, processes and systems connect life, physical and earth science, July 6-9 & July 12-16, for Upper Elementary and Middle School Educators.  A minds-on, hands-on professional development experience that will provide you with scientific knowledge, classroom investigations and a network of resources.  Offered in seven regions of Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire.
Take home a teaching resource kit to ensure your success using inquiry in the classroom. Earn PDPs and/or graduate credit.

Spend 1-2 days at each partner organization as you participate in content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators, scientists and content experts. Daily activities include both indoor, inquiry-based classroom experiences and outdoor, field experiences.  For a complete brochure or to register visit, e-mail, or call 617-328-1515.

NOAA Professional Development Workshop for Teachers at NEAq

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)  offers a Professional Development Workshop for Science Teachers Grades 6-12, Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Curriculum (Part II of II), Saturday, May 8, 2010, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, in partnership with and hosted by the New England Aquarium.

Join educators during this follow-up session to the introductory professional development workshop on Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration, a curriculum developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Conduct inquiry- and standards-based activities tied directly to ocean expeditions with Ocean Exploration Facilitator Tami Lunsford. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with Dr. Dwight Coleman, Director of the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Coleman will discuss Ocean Exploration and Archaeological Oceanography, and the Inner Space Center, a new facility built to support both these disciplines through live ship-to-shore telepresence technology.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Each participant will receive unique take-home materials, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast, and lunch. A $100 stipend will be available for those who participate in both the Introductory and Follow-up full-day workshops.
Registration Deadline is April 23, 2010.

To register, contact the Teacher Resource Center at the New England Aquarium at 617-973-6590.
For specific questions about this workshop, contact Jayshree Oberoi,, 617-973-6590

Jamestown | a Reef from Ruins

The State of Rhode Island has been constructing artificial underwater reefs out of debris from the demolition of the Jamestown Bridge. Ocean Opportunity has completed a short educational video suited for regional educators to provide students with a glimpse of this critical work taking place right in their backyard. The video is available here:

A project website has also been created in a Blog format to provide near real-time information as fieldwork continues throughout 2010, as well as background information on the project. Stay tuned for updates:

Disney’s Oceans Film Opens on Earth Day

The new Disney film Oceans will open in theaters worldwide in Earth Day, April 22, 2010.