Add your listing – Summer programs for teachers & students

The National Marine Educators Association features “summer opportunities for teachers” in the spring issue of NMEA News, and is soliciting listings. Submit opportunities for teachers and/or their students to johnette.bosarge@usm.edu or nmea@usm.edu, including:  a 50- to 60-word paragraph describing the workshop or field trip, including a website for more information, and a contact person. Deadline for submissions is Friday, 2/5/10, to be published online in mid-March.

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Exploring the Deep Ocean Online

A consortium of academic and cultural institutions, Fathom creates and share high-quality online learning experiences, from in-depth free seminars to shorter features, interviews, and articles.  Their Exploring the Deep Ocean section includes materials from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the UK Natural History Museum, and Seminars in Marine Science and Oceanology include free multi-session courses on shark natural history and underwater bioacoustics.

Teen Ocean Summit

The New England Aquarium’s Teen Ocean Summit is a one-day opportunity for high school students to creatively address the challenges surrounding marine environmental issues. On March 31, 2010 in Waltham MA students will take on roles and work in teams to examine coastal planning.  Based on teachers’ applications, six schools will be invited to bring up to 10 students each.  Priority for attendance will go to classes that have not previously attended the Summit and inner-city schools, based on first-come, first-served application dates.  To request an application and for more information, contact Vickie Cataldo at vcataldo@neaq.org or 617-973-0235.

Courses for Teachers – Cape Cod, MA

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s professional development courses integrate science content, math applications, recent research results, and sample classroom lessons.  Graduate credit is available from Framingham State College; please contact pat.harcourt@state.ma.us (508) 457-0495 x 106 for more information.  To register, visit www.waquoitbayreserve.org and click on the link for the calendar, then scroll to the course dates and click on the course.  Courses include:

Weather, Climate, and the Coast:  best for teachers in grades 6 – 10; Saturday 1/23/10  8:30 – 5:00 and Sunday 1/24/10  11:30 – 4:00

Rocks, Sand, and Soil in Motion:  best for teachers in grades  3 – 6; Saturday  2/1310  8:30 – 5:00 and Sunday 2/14/10  11:30 – 4:00

Salt Water Studies: Coastal Science Activities for the Classroom:  best for teachers in grades 5 – 9; Saturday 2/27/10 8:30 – 5:00 and Sunday 2/28/10  11:30 – 4:00

Wings Over Water:  best for teachers in grades 5 – 9; Tuesday 4/20/10 and Wednesday 4/21/10  9:00 – 3:30

Build an ROV

Join the Museum Institute for Teaching Science for a lesson in building a remotely operated underwater vehicle, part of the Sea Perch Program.  Free training for K-12 educators will be held from 8:30am to 4pm on January 14 and 15, 2010 at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester MA.  For more information and to register, email Amy Hoffmaster (ahoffmaster@mits.org) before January 1 with the following information:  name, school, school address, phone number, email address, grade level and subject(s) taught, and electronics/robotics experience.

Scholarship Opportunities – NSF Robert Noyes Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program supports talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The Noyce Scholarship Track provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors graduate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.   The NSF Teaching Fellowship/Master Teaching Fellowship Track supports two groups:  STEM professionals who enroll as NSF Teaching Fellows in master’s degree programs leading to teacher certification, providing academic courses, professional development, and salary supplements while they fulfill a four-year teaching commitment in a high-need school district; and NSF Master Teaching Fellows, providing professional development and salary supplements for exemplary mathematics and science teachers to become Master Teachers in high-need school districts.  Deadline for letters of intent 2/9/10.  An online seminar providing more information about the program and applications will be held Wednesday, 2/3/10; to register for the webinar go to the NSF events calendar.

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.)