Train a Goldfish, Then a Whale

Immersion Learning is challenging kids ages 10 to 14 to a Goldfish Training Contest.  Contestants will create a 2-minute video showing how they trained their fish to perform a unique behavior, using Marine Mammals of the Arctic Program techniques.  The top three entrants will win the chance to be a Beluga whale trainer for a day at the Mystic (CT) Aquarium in February 2010.  Check online for more information.

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Behind the Scenes at the Ocean Explorium

A School of Adventure – especially for kids!  On Tuesday December 29, 2010 at 7 pm, Explorium aquarists will take young people and their families on a behind-the-scenes tour of their living exhibits. Visit the Ocean Explorium’s website for directions and pricing.

Job Opportunity – Visitor Programs Manager, California

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory, UC Santa Cruz is seeking a Visitor Programs Manager, responsible for education in the exhibit hall/aquarium, including training and evaluating docents, planning and implementing special education events andoccasional enrichment programs such as lectures, outings, and Elderhostels.  A key element is developing increased information exchange between marine science researchers and the public.  A full job description and on-line application are available online.

Free Open House at Mystic Aquarium for Educators and Their Families

On Thursday, October 8 from 6:15 to 8 p.m., teachers of all grades, science coordinators, principals, superintendents and home-schoolers and their families are invited to discover Mystic Aquarium’s educational offerings. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the aquarium’s classrooms, class materials and program outlines, meet the education department staff, explore a behind-the-scenes area and enter to win a free Penguin Encounter program and other marine prizes.
Reservations are requested. For more information or to register for the event, please call (860) 572-5955, ext. 520.

Educator Appreciation Night at New England Aquarium – September 30

On Wednesday, September 30 join your colleagues for a fun, informative evening exploring the educational programs offered at the Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theatre.  Experience a Giant Ocean Tank Talk,  embark on a cruise of Boston Harbor,  catch a screening of Under the Sea 3D in our IMAX theater and more!

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  (Early birds may arrive at 3:30 p.m. for free Duck Boat tours and a harbor cruise)

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by Monday, September 28. Space is limited, and events are on a first come, first served basis.

To register, visit http://www.neaq.org/educators.

Please note: This event is for educators only.  Please pass this information on to other colleagues.

For questions, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206.

Aquarium Public Programs Assistant – California

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is seeking applications for a part-time Public Programs Assistant. The Public Programs Assistant will work Saturday and Sunday and one additional weekday for a period of no more than 20 hours per week.   The Public Programs Assistant will report directly to the Public Programs Manager and work closely with the Public Education Coordinator and the Volunteer and Public Programs Coordinator. Details online.

Teacher’s Aquarium Guide Grades K-6

Ocean Animal Aquarium: Collection of Intertidal Organisms: Mini-Marine Ecosystem, Teachers’ Guide: Lessons and Activities
Prepared by Becky Lash, researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory and COSEE-New England program participant.

This 15-page teachers’ guide for using a classroom aquarium is intended to help you with the answers to these questions:
What can you do with an ocean animal aquarium in your classroom?
How can you involve the students in its set-up and maintenance?
How can you keep the students’ interest level high and continue to have the aquarium be a focal point of activities, rather than neglected once the initial novelty wears off?
And… How can you use the aquarium to teach across curriculum areas?

At the end are  suggestions for activities and ways to integrate the aquarium into daily classroom activities.  You can pick and choose from the activities and suggestions in this guide. Use what works for you and your class. You are sure to come up with your own ideas.

Download the guide in PDF