NOAA Workshop for Teachers, Rhode Island

Professional Development Workshop for Science Teachers Grades 6-12, A Module of Five Lessons for Middle School and High School Focusing on Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration

Parts I and II – Two Days,  July 7–28, 2010
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The University of Rhode Island SMILE Program (Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences)
Kingston, Rhode Island

This ocean curriculum focuses on the exciting area of deep sea exploration.  It is a window into the nature of scientific inquiry under extreme conditions.The activities in both the middle school and high school 5-day curriculum were selected from a large bank of material developed by NOAA or by individuals or organizations associated with NOAA.  The modules are meant to be an initial excursion into the wide realm of ocean science.  Students will gain a basic understanding of ocean characteristics involved in ocean exploration, find out about biological, chemical, and geologic discoveries in the ocean depths and different careers of ocean researchers.

Join The SMILE Program as you do inquiry-based and hands-on activities tied directly to ocean expeditions during this two-day workshop. Both 5-day modules address the Science Grade Span Expectations used by Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  Activities written and tested by scientists and educators enable your students to model ocean science exploration in your classroom. Use these lessons in biology, earth, physical and marine science courses to connect your students to the excitement of NOAA Ocean Exploration.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend both full-day workshops will receive a $100 stipend. Each participant will receive the curriculum presented during the workshop, a Certificate of Participation, and continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration Deadline is July 13, 2010.

To register: Contact Director of The SMILE Program, Carol Englander at or (401) 874-2036.

Lecture on Great White Sharks

On Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster will present Great White Shark Tagging with Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist with the State Division of Marine Fisheries.  Dr. Skomal’s research in tagging Great White Sharks off Monomoy Island to track their migratory patterns has been widely reported and has drawn considerable public interest.
He will present an exciting program on the pop-up satellite transmitting tagsplaced on Great White Sharks off Chatham last summer and what the scientific community is learning about the travels and behavior of this ancient and mythic animal. Cape Cod’s growing seal population points to continued and greater sightings of the Great White Shark. Dr. Skomal is the author of The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World.

This presentation is a special opportunity to hear about current shark studies by an international shark expert who cares deeply about the protection of the marine environment. For further information, contact the Museum at 508-896-3867or visit

April 2010 Sea Grant Documents Available

The April 2010 listing of new Sea Grant documents received by the National Sea Grant Library
is now available:

Copies of these documents are usually available from the originating Sea Grant program
or may be borrowed from the National Sea Grant Library Many of these are
also available electronically and may be accessed directly from the NSGL website.

Job Opportunity, Onboard Educator, Long Island Sound

Schooner Inc, located in New Haven CT, is looking for individuals interested in a live-aboard, educator position on the Schooner Quinnipiack.  Schooner Inc is a non-profit in our 35th year of Environmental Education on Long Island Sound.  Interested applicants should have experience in teaching and/or Marine Sciences.  Sailing experience is preferred, but not required.  Positions are available immediately.  If interested, contact Captain Tommy Seda at

Job Opportunity: Seasonal Educator, Connecticut

Connecticut Audubon Society is seeking a Seasonal Educator. Bachelor’s Degree in EE, biology or related field; knowledge of marine biology, coastal ecology and/or ornithology preferred.