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.

Online PD Workshop for Educators: Why Do We Explore?

NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program 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.

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:

Casco Bay Curriculum for Teachers

Friends of Casco Bay developed the “place-based” Casco Bay Curriculum to help 4th through 6th grade teachers incorporate locally-focused environmental education into their classrooms. Our goal is to instill an ethic of stewardship in our youth, by helping them understand the immediate marine world around them through the use of hands-on science, inquiry activities, and actual data.

Most children will not be able to travel to rain forests or to the Arctic, but our communities’ students can experience Casco Bay first-hand.  We seek to promote understanding about issues facing our community, demonstrate why these issues are important, and offer ideas on how they can be resolved.

The objectives of the Casco Bay Curriculum are to:
Provide teachers with up-to-date information about the health of Casco Bay;
Inform students about citizen actions that can protect the environment;
Foster a sense of stewardship for the Bay, the watershed and the environment; and,
Demonstrate how environmental issues facing our communities can be resolved.

Learn more at the Friends of Casco Bay website.

Oceans à la Carte Workshop for K-12 Educators – Rhode Island

Join us at URI’s Bay Campus for a full menu of oceanography, marine, and environmental science presentations and workshop sessions for formal and informal educators. Choose from a variety of presentations by leading scientists, hands-on activities, and content information sessions. Door prizes include a free interpretive program from URI’s Narragansett Bay Classroom.  Keynote presentation by Dr. Christopher Deacutis, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. “A Changing World: A Changing Bay? Water Quality Conditions in Narragansett Bay and Potential Climate-Driven Concerns.” Dr. Deacutis will cover some of the major water quality issues that presently exist in Narragansett Bay and discuss some of the troubling recent changes in climate and how they may be enhancing negative water quality impacts in the Bay.  Featured presentations and workshops will cover topics including:  Seawater Chemistry, Sustainable Seafood, Sea Level Rise, Sound in the Sea, Estuarine Environments, Using Real Time Data in the Classroom

In addition to the keynote, presentations and workshops, an opportunity to tour the Inner Space Center will be available.  The Inner Space Center utilizes telepresence technologies connecting the world to oceanographic exploration projects in real time to sharing the excitement of undersea discovery as it happens.

Saturday, May 22, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm,  Coastal Institute, URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus

Preregistration and prepayment by credit card or check is REQUIRED. Please visit for a downloadable registration form. Registration deadline May 17, 2010.  For more information:  Call 401-874-6211 or email A map and full agenda will be sent to those who have sent in their fee and completed registration form.  More information regarding concurrent sessions and presentations will be posted on the Office of Marine Programs website,

Webinars: Broadening Impacts and Ocean Data in Education

This month, COSEE NOW will feature two new webinar series.

Broaden Your Impact

Recommended for Ocean Scientists and Graduate Students (i.e. proposal writers)

Wednesdays May 12, 19, 26, & June 2

COSEE NOW invites you to participate in an online seminar (webinar) series that will discuss how to approach NSF’s broader impacts requirements in proposals, including how to generate novel ideas for broader impacts activities, how to implement broader impacts activities, and how to measure their impact.  This webinar series will focus on sharing ideas and resources on the development of broader impact statements. We will highlight different approaches to and examples of effective and transferable activities.  The goal of these four, one-hour sessions is to help build the capacity of scientists to implement and evaluate broader impact activities.

Using Ocean Data in Education

Recommended for Informal Educators and Scientists involved in using data in outreach

May 11, 17 and 25

In this series, we will explore effective strategies for incorporating real ocean data in formal and informal education products and programs, as a way to connect students to scientific concepts and real-time science. This session is especially designed for scientists and educators who are involved in Ocean Observing Systems.

A full list of programs and events is available at

COSEE NOW Website Tour

Informal tours of the recently updated COSEE NOW website, designed to be quick introductions to the new site. The tours will:

·         highlight how they are collecting the data to create real-time images of their network

·         introduce you to the new social networking and collaboration features available, and how you can create your own niche sub-community.

·         show you how to stay in touch with the action using email and RSS feeds.

·         let you know how you can contribute to the site and use it to meet your needs.

The two tours / discussions are scheduled for May 10th at 1pm or May 18th at 4pm.  The tours should take 20-30 minutes

Please register today at:

Research Opportunity for Teachers – Connecticut

George McManus at UConn has a National Science Foundation Grant that enables him to offer research experiences for K-12 teachers during the summer.  In the past, teachers working in his lab have done independent study projects for graduate credit, but someone who does not need or want the credits could opt for a small stipend instead.

He is a marine biologist working on protozoa in the sea, using a combination of field, culture, and DNA methods.  His goal for this grant is to enable teachers to experience research directly and possibly to learn some techniques that they can take back to the classroom with them.  Diana Payne is also involved in the project to perform assessments and help teachers make the lab-to-classroom connection.  You can find out more about what he does at and you will also find there a short application for this summer, under the “GREAT program for teachers” link on the first page.

2010 MITS Summer Institutes

The Process of Adaptation: How Things Change

Explore how cycles, processes and systems connect life, physical and earth science. A minds-on, hands-on professional development experience that will provide you with scientific knowledge, classroom investigations and a network of resources. Offered in seven regions of Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. Visit each of the locations below for one to two days and participate in both content and skill development sessions taught by professional educators, scientists and other content experts.

Grades: 3 – 8

Dates: July 6 – 16, 2010

Locations: The New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, Boston Children’s Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History

Also offered in six other regions of Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire.

For more information and to register go to

Summer Workshops for Teachers at NEAq

This summer the New England Aquarium will be presenting

On the Waterfront: Integrating Science Standards through Classroom and Field Investigations

Climate Science and the Oceans

Workshop details

Workshop for Educators at WHOI

Topics in Oceanography Professional Development Workshop
Friday June 4, 2010;   9:30-2:30
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Working title:   Studying and Seeing Volcanic Processes in the Ocean
Presenter: Adam Soule, WHOI Geology and Geophysics Department
– Hear how this challenging deep-sea work is being done today, and what scientists are learning about volcanoes in the ocean
– In-depth tour of Dr. Soule’s lab — see the tools, instruments, and data
Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included.

Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Registration deadline: June 1, 1020

Contact: Kathy Patterson,, 508-289-2700, or
Kate Madin,, 508-289-3639 (after May 20)

note, workshop will take place at Carriage House, Quissett campus.
Maps, directions, and additional information will be posted online May 20