PD on Cape Cod: Oceans, Coasts and Climate for Teachers

Mon August 2 – Thurs August 5, 2010, 9:00-3:30 plus follow-up session Nov 6
Location: Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA, and Woods Hole
This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on Massachusetts marine and coastal systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. We will hear presentations from research scientists studying climate at sea and along the shore. Participants will receive lesson plans and a resource CD. Best for teachers in grades 7 -12.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/eventshow.aspx?eventid=257

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MITS Deadline Extended

This year’s Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Summer Institute runs weekdays from July 6-16 and is offered by the National Marine Life Center, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, OceanQuest, and South Shore Natural Science Center.  The broad theme: “Interactions in the Sciences” connects life, physical and earth science.  Each day participants will engage in hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based science activities as they investigate the interconnections between living systems, earth systems, and their physical and chemical features.  The registration deadline has been extended to June 25.  Teachers may learn more and register on-line at http://www.mits.org/summer_institute.htm.

PD at NE Aquarium: Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences

Attention Massachusetts middle school science teachers! The Gulf of Maine watershed program is a field- and classroom-based program that will provide Massachusetts middle school science teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach students about local watersheds and show how climate change affects watersheds. The program consists of a three-day summer workshop, two call back/follow up sessions and a teacher-lead meaningful watershed education experience (MWEE) in the field and classroom for students in grades 5 through 8.

After completing the three-day summer workshop, participating teachers are expected to design and conduct a meaningful watershed experience with their students during the fall semester, including a field trip, if possible, and a classroom experience. The Aquarium staff will provide support for field trips.

During follow-up sessions, participants will reconvene to present their projects to one another, as well as to other educators at the Massachusetts Marine Educators annual conference. They will also share information about their projects with other educators through conversations at their schools and in presentations at local education conferences.

Dates:  July 15 – 17, 2010 (Thursday-Saturday)

Two call back dates, October 2 and December 4, 2010 — Attendance Required

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston
Cost: free (cost of graduate credits additional)

Credit: 45 PDPs or, for an additional cost, 2 graduate credits from Cambridge College
Please register by July 1, 2010

To register for the summer courses, please contact the Teacher Resource Center for more information. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-973-6590 or email the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org.

Online PD from NOAA

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Why Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels.  June 21- July 2, 2010 (this is a repeat of the course offered in October 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: Cofounder and President, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

This 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/

PD Workshops, Connecticut

Immersion Learning, Institute for Exploration and Mystic Aquarium present these professional development workshops:

Return to Titanic, Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. In this hands-on workshop you will follow Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists as they return to the wreck of the RMS Titanic to determine how much the ship has deteriorated since its initial discovery in 1985. Science topics covered include scale drawings, buoyancy, model-building, weathering, composite images, remotely operated vehicles, latitude and longitude, coordinate grids, communication technology, radio waves, conservation, and careers.

Adventures to the Black Sea Thursday, August 12, 2010, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In this hands-on workshop you will travel to the Black Sea, examine evidence of an ancient flood, and explore a perfectly preserved shipwreck that is over 1,500 years old. Science topics covered include marine archaeology, density, freshwater and salt water, sonar, earthquakes, plate tectonics, sedimentology, communication technology, satellites, robotic exploration, and careers.

Life at the Extremes Friday, August 13, 2010, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In this hands-on workshop you will travel to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—down to a depth of about 2,000 ft (610 m)—to explore the unique “Lost City” hydrothermal vents and search for clues to life’s origins among its microscopic inhabitants. Science topics covered include hydrothermal vents, plate tectonics, minerals, chemical reactions, pH, biodiversity, extremophiles, buoyancy, remotely operated vehicles, communication technology, and careers.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Katie Cubina at 860-572-5955 x267 or katie@immersionlearning.org for more details on how to register. Space is limited, so act soon!

PD Workshop: Exploring Ocean Literacy through Science and Children’s Literature, Maine

When: June 28-30, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: On the seaside campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), South Portland, Maine

Use hands-on science activities, field experiences, relevant children’s literature, and local scientific data to learn about the marine life, water quality, and environmental issues of our coastal waters.   Every participant will take away:

40 ready-to-use activities in science and literacy geared to 4-6th grades, adaptable to other grade levels

Ocean-related children’s books and reference guides

Maps, props, and equipment for your classroom

Consultation to tailor activities to your curriculum

15 contact hours for recertification purposes (1.5 CEUs)

This course is offered in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine’s Professional Development Center. By special arrangement, the cost of the course has been reduced from the University’s standard fee of $295 to $250.

Register for EDIS 1766 at (207) 780-5055 or pdc@usm.maine.edu.

Contact keeper@cascobay.org or (207)799-8574.

NOAA Workshop for Teachers, Rhode Island

Professional Development Workshop for Science Teachers Grades 6-12, A Module of Five Lessons for Middle School and High School Focusing on Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration

Parts I and II – Two Days,  July 7–28, 2010
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The University of Rhode Island SMILE Program (Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences)
Kingston, Rhode Island

This ocean curriculum focuses on the exciting area of deep sea exploration.  It is a window into the nature of scientific inquiry under extreme conditions.The activities in both the middle school and high school 5-day curriculum were selected from a large bank of material developed by NOAA or by individuals or organizations associated with NOAA.  The modules are meant to be an initial excursion into the wide realm of ocean science.  Students will gain a basic understanding of ocean characteristics involved in ocean exploration, find out about biological, chemical, and geologic discoveries in the ocean depths and different careers of ocean researchers.

Join The SMILE Program as you do inquiry-based and hands-on activities tied directly to ocean expeditions during this two-day workshop. Both 5-day modules address the Science Grade Span Expectations used by Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  Activities written and tested by scientists and educators enable your students to model ocean science exploration in your classroom. Use these lessons in biology, earth, physical and marine science courses to connect your students to the excitement of NOAA Ocean Exploration.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend both full-day workshops will receive a $100 stipend. Each participant will receive the curriculum presented during the workshop, a Certificate of Participation, and continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration Deadline is July 13, 2010.

To register: Contact Director of The SMILE Program, Carol Englander at englanca@etal.uri.edu or (401) 874-2036.