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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.

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/

MITS Summer Institute on Cape Cod

There is still room for grades 3-12 teachers in the MITS Summer Institute on Cape Cod. Check out the web site for the particulars. Theme is “Interactions in the Sciences:Observe, Investigate, Explain.” Taught by educators from Cape Cod Maritime Museum, National Marine Life Center, OceanQuest, and South Shore Nature Center. Sign up quickly. The Institute runs from July 6 through July16th with a call back day in the fall and spring..

PD Workshops, Connecticut

Immersion Learning, Institute for Exploration and Mystic Aquarium present these professional development workshops:

Return to Titanic, Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. In this hands-on workshop you will follow Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists as they return to the wreck of the RMS Titanic to determine how much the ship has deteriorated since its initial discovery in 1985. Science topics covered include scale drawings, buoyancy, model-building, weathering, composite images, remotely operated vehicles, latitude and longitude, coordinate grids, communication technology, radio waves, conservation, and careers.

Adventures to the Black Sea Thursday, August 12, 2010, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In this hands-on workshop you will travel to the Black Sea, examine evidence of an ancient flood, and explore a perfectly preserved shipwreck that is over 1,500 years old. Science topics covered include marine archaeology, density, freshwater and salt water, sonar, earthquakes, plate tectonics, sedimentology, communication technology, satellites, robotic exploration, and careers.

Life at the Extremes Friday, August 13, 2010, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In this hands-on workshop you will travel to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—down to a depth of about 2,000 ft (610 m)—to explore the unique “Lost City” hydrothermal vents and search for clues to life’s origins among its microscopic inhabitants. Science topics covered include hydrothermal vents, plate tectonics, minerals, chemical reactions, pH, biodiversity, extremophiles, buoyancy, remotely operated vehicles, communication technology, and careers.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Katie Cubina at 860-572-5955 x267 or katie@immersionlearning.org for more details on how to register. Space is limited, so act soon!