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 http://www.microzooplankton.uconn.edu and you will also find there a short application for this summer, under the “GREAT program for teachers” link on the first page.

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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

Marine Biology Course for Elementary Educators – Online

The Wildlife Conservation Society offers Online Teacher Training Courses for teachers, in conjunction with the Bronx Zoo. Offered in spring 2010 is a six-week course on Marine Biology for Elementary Educators.

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.