Field-Based Research Program for High School Students

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is now accepting applications for TIDAL Quest (PDF, 82 KB), a week-long, field-based research program for high school students to be held July 19-23. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Ocean Survey Vessel Open House, Boston

From June 18-25, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) staff will be conducting an eight-day survey in Massachusetts Bay on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel Bold—a 224-foot converted U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ship that is specifically designed to help EPA conduct a wide range of environmental monitoring activities and perform onboard data analysis. CZM will be collecting samples of sediments and benthic organisms and shooting underwater videos of the seafloor to support the state’s ocean planning efforts. After the CZM survey, the Bold will be docked along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier between the Moakley Courthouse and the Institute for Contemporary Art, and on June 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EPA will host a free open house aboard the vessel. The Bold is staffed by a team of EPA scientists who conduct surveys with partner research institutions and government agencies to monitor and assess the health of coastal and ocean waters. In addition to demonstrations of how the Bold’s state-of-the art oceanographic equipment is used, scientists from partner agencies—CZM, the Massachusetts Bays Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Urban Harbors Institute—will present information about recent research from coastal Massachusetts. There will also be a “touch tank” full of sea organisms from New England waters provided by the New England Aquarium. Kids of all ages will be able to see research equipment up close and learn from marine scientists and dive team members about the ship and ongoing research projects.

Live “Meet A Scientist” Webinar with Aquatic Vet

Immersion Learning invites you to participate in a live webinar with veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle entitled, “Meet an Aquatic Vet!” This webinar is part of Immersion’s “Meet a Scientist!” webinar series which is offered every other month from October to June. Tuttle is the Staff Veterinarian & Director of Animal Care at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. She cares for a variety of aquatic animals at the Aquarium including fish, beluga whales, and stranded seals. Click here to learn more about Dr. Tuttle’s work through Immersion’s Seal Rescue! online game in which you get to be the vet and investigate what is wrong with four stranded seals.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 — two time slots available: (1) 2:00-2:45 pm Eastern & (2) 6:00-6:45 pm Eastern.  We will be webcasting live from Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration through the free, online Adobe Connect platform. Each 45-minute webinar will include a 20-30 minute presentation by Tuttle and 15-25 minutes of interactivity such as polls and Q&A.  Sign up by e-mailing your name, organization name, number of kids, and preferred time slot to Laura Batt <laura@immersionlearning.org>. Once you are registered, you will receive more details on how to use Adobe Connect to join the webinar.

Watershed PD for Middle School Science Teachers, Massachusetts

The Gulf of Maine Watershed program, offered by the New England Aquarium, is a field- and classroom-based program that will provide Massachusetts middle school science teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach students about local watersheds and show how climate change affects watersheds. The program consists of a three-day summer workshop, two call back/follow up sessions, and a teacher-lead meaningful watershed education experience (MWEE) in the field and classroom for students in grades 6 through 8.

After completing the three-day summer workshop, participating teachers are expected to design and conduct a meaningful watershed experience with their students during the fall semester, including a field trip, if possible, and a classroom experience. The Aquarium staff will provide support for field trips.

During follow-up sessions, participants will reconvene to present their projects to one another, as well as to other educators at the Massachusetts Marine Educators annual conference. They will also share information about their projects with other educators through conversations at their schools and in presentations at local education conferences.

Dates:  July 15 – 17, 2010;  two call back dates, October 2 and December 4, 2010

Please register by June 15, 2010.  To register for the summer courses, please contact the Teacher Resource Center for more information. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-973-6590 or email the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org.