OIL Spill Resource Page from EOL

The Encyclopedia of Life has an oil spill resource page: http://www.eol.org/content/page/oil_spill_2010 with information on species affected by the oil spill, as well as links to more information.

Saturday Afternoon Science at URI’s Bay Campus

June 26, 2010 2-5 p.m. FREE and open to everyone
Join our scientists and engineers for an informative and exciting afternoon of ocean exploration. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the ground-breaking efforts of our ocean scientists and engineers, and to discuss the fascinating results of their work. See for yourself how they are expanding our knowledge of planet Earth’s last great unexplored territory.
Audience: Adults and young adults aged 9 and up

Location: URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI
For more information, please visit http://www.gso.uri.edu/saturday-science

Nautilus Live Theater and Online

Beginning today, guests at Mystic Aquarium and people on their computers at home can experience the next generation of deep ocean exploration. With the opening of the Nautilus Live Theater and launch of the Nautilus Live Website (nautiluslive.org), people around the world can virtually join Sea Research Foundation’s Dr. Robert Ballard and his team aboard his new ship of exploration, the E/V Nautilus. Social media will add a new dimension to the four-month-long expedition, enabling participants to learn about and share discoveries in real time and communicate with each other as they watch live ocean exploration and shipboard activities during each leg of the journey.

PD on Cape Cod: Oceans, Coasts and Climate for Teachers

Mon August 2 – Thurs August 5, 2010, 9:00-3:30 plus follow-up session Nov 6
Location: Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA, and Woods Hole
This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on Massachusetts marine and coastal systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. We will hear presentations from research scientists studying climate at sea and along the shore. Participants will receive lesson plans and a resource CD. Best for teachers in grades 7 -12.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/eventshow.aspx?eventid=257

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

Invitation to Apply to Contribute to Climate Literacy Project

You are invited to apply to serve as a consultant to an NSF-funded climate education project. Teachers and faculty who are selected to be in the consultant network will receive $225 for their participation.  Whether you are interested in participating in our consultant network or not, we ask for about 5 minutes of your time. Your responses will help us better support teachers and college instructors who teach about climate science and energy awareness. Click this link to access the application form:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GWZYGQ3

Online PD from NOAA

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Why Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels.  June 21- July 2, 2010 (this is a repeat of the course offered in October 2009) in partnership with the College of Exploration

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for the second workshop in a series of educator professional development opportunities focused around NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the /Okeanos Explorer/. This workshop will introduce the new /Okeanos Explorer /Education Materials Collection built around the themes: Why Do We Explore?, How Do We Explore? and What Do We Expect to Find? Scientific presenters and education facilitators will work with participants to delve into the benefits of ocean exploration targeting climate change, energy, human health and ocean health. Interact with ocean explorers, converse and share classroom applications with other educators, and find a wealth of multimedia resources. We will introduce the first in a series of Leader’s Guides for Classroom Explorers entitled Why Do We Explore?, with its companion Initial Inquiry Lesson, To Boldly Go…, as well as additional lesson plans and other resources.

Speakers include:
• Dr. Charles Fisher: Professor of Biology, Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University
• Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi: Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Edith Widder: Cofounder and President, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

This workshop is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive graduate credit (fee for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.

To register go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

Job Opportunity: Aquarium Education Assistant, California

The Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach, CA is hiring a part-time Operations Assistant/Education Assistant.  Visit the website for more information about the position and how to apply. http://www.roundhouseaquarium.org/pdfs/Ops%202010.pdf