Workshop for Educators at WHOI

Topics in Oceanography Professional Development Workshop
Friday June 4, 2010;   9:30-2:30
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Working title:   Studying and Seeing Volcanic Processes in the Ocean
Presenter: Adam Soule, WHOI Geology and Geophysics Department
– Hear how this challenging deep-sea work is being done today, and what scientists are learning about volcanoes in the ocean
– In-depth tour of Dr. Soule’s lab — see the tools, instruments, and data
Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included.

Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Registration deadline: June 1, 1020

Contact: Kathy Patterson,, 508-289-2700, or
Kate Madin,, 508-289-3639 (after May 20)

note, workshop will take place at Carriage House, Quissett campus.
Maps, directions, and additional information will be posted online May 20

Giant Squid Podcast

Got 5 minutes? Listen to the Podcast of Life!

How do you get two dead Giant Squid the size of a school bus from a fishing boat in Spain to a museum in Washington, DC, USA? Call in the Navy! Listen to the latest podcast episode from the Encyclopedia of Life to find out how Operation Calamari unfolded and how the museum managed to put their new Giant Squid on display.

Listen to all of the podcasts, find intriguing extras, meet the featured scientists and find relevant educational materials at the Encyclopedia of Life Learning +Education website.

Podcast Challenges for Students

Got to our Giant Squid podcast “extras” page and listen to students describing what one of our upcoming species looks like. While you are listening, use their descriptions to draw pictures of what you’re imagining. Once you are finished, send us your picture by email or in the mail.Got to our Giant Squid podcast “extras” page and listen to students describing what one of our upcoming species looks like. While you are listening, use their descriptions to draw pictures of what you’re imagining. Once you are finished, send us your picture by email or in the mail.We will share the best contributions when we air the next podcast episode.

Project Design and Evaluation Course

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 149 Waquoit Highway (Route 28) Description: This two-day course provides the knowledge, skills, and tools to design and implement projects that have measurable impacts on a targeted audience. The interactive curriculum is designed to increase the effectiveness of projects by applying valid instructional design theory to their design. Cost: There is no cost to attend but pre-registration. This course is being offered at no cost with funding support from NOAA and the Waquoit Bay Reserve.

Audience: Project managers/leads, coastal managers, heads of departments or committees, town administrators CoSponsors: Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program (CTP), MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) Contact Info: Tonna-Marie Rogers, Coastal Training Coordinator, 508-457-0495 ext. 110,

May 10 – 11, 2010

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Rte. 28, Falmouth)

There is no cost to attend but interested persons must pre-register. Register at

Oil Spill Educational Resources and Lesson Plans

As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been on the scene of the BP/Deepwater Horizon spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state, and local organizations.  NOAA has mobilized experts from across the agency to help contain the spreading oil spill and protect the Gulf of Mexico’s many marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, shellfish and other endangered marine life. One of NOAA’s lead offices in this effort is the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R).

OR&R has up-to-date information on the Deepwater Horizon spill as well as loads of science-based, accurate information on oil spills, spill response, and effects on wildlife as well as a host of photos and fact sheets that are downloadable for your use. OR&R also offers other educational materials for students and teachers.

For those of you looking for lesson plans and educational materials on oil spills, be sure to check out the Bridge’s resources:

And, if you have or know of an oil spill resource not already on the Bridge, please take a moment to nominate it:

Online Courses from AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History is offering all eleven of its available Seminars on Science courses over two summer sessions.  The courses are fully online and all of them are available for graduate credit.  Courses run June – July OR July – August (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at Courses include: The Solar System; Water: Environmental Science; Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; In the Field with Spiders, The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds, Sharks and Rays, The Diversity of Fishes and Space, Time and Motion. Since the courses are fully web-based, there is no need to come to the museum at any time, and all courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist.

Introduction to Evaluation and Visitor Studies

New England Museum Association presents this workshop: Introduction to Evaluation and Visitor Studies.
This workshop is designed to give you the basics of evaluation techniques and visitor studies, so that you can “do it yourself,” even on a shoe-string budget. Not many museums can afford their own evaluation team, so take advantage of learning from the pros at the Museum of Science! They will discuss the role of evaluation in museums as well as share the nuts and bolts of conducting evaluations at your own institution.

When: Friday, May 14, 2010, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Museum of Science, Boston, MA (parking is free!)
Register online at
Questions? Call NEMA, 781-641-0013.
This workshop is just one of the many that are being offered this spring. Click here for a complete list.