Coastal Zone Grants – MA

Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management office is seeking proposals for their Coastal Habitat Grants Program. Up to $102,000 is available to support proactive efforts to implement demonstrable steps and actions to further coastal habitat protection, restoration, and assessment within the MA Coastal Zone, including outreach and education activities. Cities, towns, and other public entities; academic institutions; watershed associations or similar not-for-profits, and other private organizations are eligible to apply.  To view the Request for Responses, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number “ENV 10 CZM 02.” Questions regarding this solicitation will be accepted until January 15, with answers posted on Comm-PASS by January 19.  Deadline for applications is 2/8/10.

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Scripps seeking student queries

Scripps Institute of Oceanography has launched an online “Ask Voyager” project, and invites questions from K-12 students to be answered by UCalifornia-San Diego scientists.  Two questions will be taken up each month, and featured in their award-winning magazine explorations as they relate to the main feature article.  March/April will focus on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  For more information and to read past questions and answers, visit explorations online.

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.

Internship – Ocean Literacy Summit Planning, MA/NH

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), as part of its commitment to promoting Ocean Literacy in the region, hosts biannual Ocean Literacy Summits for formal and informal educators, scientists, and policymakers to share ideas and tools for doing so.  Plans are underway for the 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit, to be held November 12, 2010 at the University of New Hampshire, with presentations and discussions highlighting the great diversity of life and ecosystems supported by the ocean.  We seek an intern to process and track registrations, and generally assist NEOSEC’s Summit Planning Committee.  For more information and to apply, contact Mona Chang at mchang@neaq.org.

Arctic Webcasts – February 10-12, 2010

Immersion Learning presents a week of live Marine Mammals of the Arctic webcasts, during which viewers will have the opportunity to interact directly with scientists and trainers who work with marine mammals to better understand their behaviors and physiology, as well as the impact of humans and climate change on these animals. Kids watching the programs will also be able to participate in an online question-and-answer session and polling features as they hear from these experts and learn how they can help protect the oceans.  For more information go to the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Classroom website or contact Maryann Scholl (mscholl@gso.uri.edu).

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

Earth Science Literacy Framework

The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI), funded by the National Science Foundation, has gathered and codified the underlying understandings of Earth sciences into a succinct document that will have broad-reaching applications in both public and private arenas. It establishes the “Big Ideas” and supporting concepts that all Americans should know about Earth sciences. The resulting Earth Science Literacy framework will also become part of the foundation, along with similar documents from the Oceans, Atmospheres and Climate communities, of a larger geoscience Earth Systems Literacy effort.  More