NOAA Online Workshop for Educators

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ocean Exploration and Research Program (OER)

Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels

Why Do We Explore?
October 5 – 16, 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: Senior Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University; Cofounder, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

The 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/

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Susan E. Haynes
Education Program Manager
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
susan.haynes@noaa.gov
(401) 289-2810

NOAA Ocean Exploration Workshop at New England Aquarium

NOAA Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Workshop – Part I of II
From bioluminescent corals to deep vent worms, from tropical underwater volcanoes to the Arctic Ocean floor, bring the excitement of current ocean science discoveries to your students using the Ocean Exploration curriculum from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum, “Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration”, and CD-ROMs with additional tools for students to engage in learning about multidisciplinary ocean exploration. You can use these inquiry-based activities in biology, earth, physical, and/or marine science courses to connect your students to the excitement of NOAA Ocean Exploration as they travel from the Galapagos Rift to the Arctic Ocean, from Alaskan and New England seamounts to those in the Hawaiian Islands.

Grades: 6-12

Date:  Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE!

Advance registration is required.
To register, email trc@neaq.org.

For questions, please call the Teacher Resource Center at 617-973-6590.

(Part II of this workshop will be held in May 2010.)

News Release: Human Impacts and Environmental Factors Are Changing the Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem

This news release provides an excellent overview that is relevant to NEOSEC members as we plan the next Ocean Summit on ecosystem principles:

Fish in U.S. waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border have moved away from their traditional, long-time habitats over the past four decades because of fundamental changes in the regional ecosystem, according to a new report by NOAA researchers. The 2009 Ecosystem Status Report, prepared by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center headquartered in Woods Hole, Mass., also points out the need to manage the waters off the northeastern coast of the United States as a whole rather than as a series of separate and unrelated components.

To learn more, go to:
http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/press_release/2009/SciSpot/SS0912/index.html

Ocean Facts Website

NOAA’s National Ocean Service offers an ever-growing Ocean Facts Website.  The questions range from basic (What is an estuary?) to the more unusual (What does peanut butter have to do with the ocean?). Visit Ocean Facts

NOAA Expedition Education Module

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration and Research Program has launched the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition Web page on its Ocean Explorer website

Educators working with scientists from the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition developed an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module (EEM) for the mission. Designed for teachers of students in Grades 5-12, the EEM offers an Expedition Purpose, Lessons tied to the National Science Education Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, Interactive Multimedia Components for students, OceanAGE Career Connections, and Other Resources and Links to help educators bring the excitement behind the Living Light on the Deep-Sea Floor Expedition into their classrooms.

Web logs, written by educators and scientists that capture daily activities and discoveries, complete with compelling video and images, will be posted within 24 hours of their receipt from the explorers on the Ocean Explorer Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition website. An “Ask an Explorer” feature will also be available for students to submit questions to, and receive answers from, the explorers during the expedition.

NOAA B-WET Gulf of Mexico Program Manager

The NOAA NMFS Southeast Regional Office and the Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program are hiring a Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager. The incumbent serves as a program analyst focused on education and outreach programs for NOAA in the North Central Gulf of Mexico. Details online.

Oceans, Weather and Climate

NOAA’s new Ocean’s Role in Weather and Climate website features materials to help teachers and students understand factors that impact the Earth’s weather and climate and how changes in temperature or air circulation are part of complex, long-term cycles. The website offers classroom resources, teacher tutorials, web seminar archives, and more.