MITS Deadline Extended

This year’s Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Summer Institute runs weekdays from July 6-16 and is offered by the National Marine Life Center, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, OceanQuest, and South Shore Natural Science Center.  The broad theme: “Interactions in the Sciences” connects life, physical and earth science.  Each day participants will engage in hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based science activities as they investigate the interconnections between living systems, earth systems, and their physical and chemical features.  The registration deadline has been extended to June 25.  Teachers may learn more and register on-line at http://www.mits.org/summer_institute.htm.

PD at NE Aquarium: Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences

Attention Massachusetts middle school science teachers! The Gulf of Maine watershed program 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 5 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 (Thursday-Saturday)

Two call back dates, October 2 and December 4, 2010 — Attendance Required

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston
Cost: free (cost of graduate credits additional)

Credit: 45 PDPs or, for an additional cost, 2 graduate credits from Cambridge College
Please register by July 1, 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.

NMEA Oil Spill Resources

To participate in a general discussion about the oil spill visit the new Bridge Ocean Science Education Blog:  http://bridge.blogs.wm.edu/

To find and share relevant educational resources visit the Bridge:  http://www.marine-ed.org/bridge/

To nominate a relevant web site for inclusion on the Bridge:  http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/search/nominate.cfm