Student Video Contest

The Gulf of Maine Census of Marine Life and National Ocean Science Bowl invite any and all high schools to submit a 2-minute video clip with the theme “Living on the Ocean Planet.”  Deadline:  1/25/10; for a flyer and guidelines visit NOSB.  No video camera?  Use stills from the Encyclopedia of Life or the Marine Photobank!  Meanwhile, check out last year’s winning videos.

Marine Science for High School and College Students

MANTA is a non-profit organization that offers unique marine science education programs to high school and college students.  Students live aboard a large catamaran sailboat in the British Virgin Islands while being immersed in marine science, receiving their PADI scuba diving certification, and learning to sail.  MANTA’s research scientists and instructors teach in a “flippers on” style, and the syllabus includes lectures and labs on several aspects of marine science based on the Ocean Literacy principles and concepts, as well as active participation in publishable marine research.  The summer 2010 programs are scheduled and open for enrollment.
Visit online for additional information, including trip details and the online application.  The college program requires registration through the Center for International Education of the College of Charleston.

Courses and Internships for Students at Shoals Marine Lab

The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML), run jointly by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, is located on Appledore Island, Maine (Isles of Shoals), off Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  SML offers courses for high school, college and graduate students as well as internships.

For Students – MANTA: Marine Science And Nautical Training Academy

MANTA offers unique marine science education programs to high school and college students.  Students live aboard a large catamaran sailboat in the British Virgin Islands while being immersed in marine science, receiving their PADI scuba diving certification, and learning to sail.  MANTA’s research scientists and instructors teach in a “flippers on” style, and the syllabus includes lectures and labs on several aspects of marine science based on the Ocean Literacy principles and concepts, as well as active participation in publishable marine research.  The summer 2010 programs are scheduled and open for enrollment.  Visit MANTA online for additional information, including trip details and the online application.  The college program requires registration through the Center for International Education of the College of Charleston.

Ocean Summit for High School Students – Boston

The  Ocean Summit is a one-day opportunity for local high school students to creatively address the challenges surrounding marine environmental issues.  Student groups gain perspective on various marine issues through presentations by stakeholders, with each one representing a differing point of view.  After a day’s activities, each group of students negotiates among their peers and decides on concrete actions to be taken in order to protect and preserve our ocean world.  The Ocean Summit is an inspiring, thought-provoking day for all.  Thursday, December 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Federal Reserve Bank Building in downtown Boston.
Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Vickie Cataldo at vcataldo@neaq.org, or call 617-973-0235.

High School Marine Biology Course – Resources and Request for Input

COSEE-West has developed a comprehensive Marine Biology course for Grades 9-12.  The course focuses on marine life and includes lesson plans, labs, activities, games, and web interactives/web quests. The course matrix links every California Biology Standard to multiple marine Biology activities.  We hope this will show how easy it can be to pull out activities – or to propose a change in courses to administrators by showing how all the activities are directly aligned. Although the course is written to teach all required California Biology standards, it can be adapted by teachers outside California. All of the materials on the website are available for free. Access the course, resources and information

The course is in development and your input would be appreciated.

How you can help:
• Submit your favorite lesson plans, labs, resources, etc.
If you are a California teacher, tell us which CA Biology standards they support.
We promise to credit you for any of your resources that we post on the COSEE-West website (only with your prior permission!).

• Help align the existing and incoming materials with the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts (OLEPFC).
(For more information about Ocean Literacy, visit this website
You can download a PDF brochure about the OLEPFC here

• If you are a scientist who has data or biological information that we can use to create new lesson plans or incorporate into existing ones, please let us know.

We would much appreciate feedback if you use any of these materials!  We’d like to know, for example, if you use them to integrate marine science into an existing course or create a new marine course.  Any other information, such as who supports your efforts (e.g., other teachers, administrators), would be useful to us.  We also, of course, need to know about any errors that must be fixed.

Send your input to
Gwen Noda
Co-Director, COSEE-West, UCLA

email: gwennoda@ucla.edu
phone: 310-206-8247
fax: 310-206-3987

World of Water Explorers Program for 9th and 10th Graders at NE Aquarium

Do you know of any youth in the 9th or 10th grades who are interested in learning about the New England Aquarium while building skills for problem-solving, leadership and environmental stewardship? If so, encourage them to apply to the fall 2009 World of Water Explorers program. The WoW Program takes place over six Saturdays – October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, & 21, from 10AM to 4PM –  in which participants will learn to conduct marine-based science experiments, practice public speaking, and explore characteristics and needs of animals and exhibits of the Aquarium. More details

For any questions please contact Heather in the Harbor Discoveries Office at 617-973-0253 or send an email to harbordiscoveries@neaq.org.

NOSB Video Competition for High Schoolers

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) is hosting its second annual Living on the Ocean Planet video competition in partnership with the Census of Marine Life (CoML), the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). The goal is to showcase student-developed original videos that educate the general public about marine technology and address the Essential Ocean Literacy Principles. Regional winners will be selected and announced on April 1, 2010. A National winner will be announced at the 2010 NOSB Finals Competition in St. Petersburg, FL on April 23, 2010.

Contest details

Marine Specimen Collecting Trip for High School and College Students

Immerse your class in science!
Take a two-hour marine specimen collecting trip*

aboard the MBL’s vessel, R/V Gemma

  • Learn why the Woods Hole area is world-renowned for its rich diversity of marine species.
  • Take a first-hand look at how local organisms are collected for scientific study worldwide.
  • Hear the history of how marine biology developed in Woods Hole.

Board the Gemma at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) dock in Eel Pond, Woods Hole, and head out to Vineyard Sound, passing historic Nobska lighthouse commissioned in 1876. The Gemma will travel approximately two miles offshore. Deploying a scallop dredge and plankton net, MBL marine educators will collect a variety of marine specimens for students to examine.

Excursion leaders will also:

  • Identify the organisms and discuss the biology of each animal and how they are used for research at the MBL
  • Provide a history of the local area
  • Point out local landmarks along the shore
  • Discuss commercial fishing and research equipment, biological collecting methods, the history of the Woods Hole community, and the Gemma’s state-of-the-art navigation system.

Round out your trip with a more in-depth look at MBL marine specimens with a behind-the-scenes tour of the MBL’s Marine Resources Center specimen tank room. For an additional fee, a lecture and microscope lab activities are available.

For booking information and a complete fee schedule, contact Rob Reynolds at rreynolds@zephyrmarine.net.

*Tours are geared toward high school and college aged students.

Sea Education Association Program Openings

Sea Education Association still has a few spots in our 3-week High School Summer Seminars & our Fall 2009 undergraduate SEA Semesters! Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans for nearly 40 years through a fully accredited study abroad program combining the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and public policy. Intense coursework and preparation during a shore component is followed by the immediate application of students’ newfound knowledge during a sea component. Significant financial aid & new merit-based scholarships are available. Contact admission@sea.edu for more information.