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Connect your class to the coast! The Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP) will be holding multi-day field-based professional development workshops this June for educators who teach 3rd - 8th grade in self-contained classrooms. Discover techniques and lessons that provide your students with Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences and integrate coastal field studies into broader classroom units. As an OCEP-trained teacher, you will have access to online education modules, webinars, and funds to support a field trip with your students in 2013-2014.
This June, choose from two different workshop locations:
OCEP is supported by NOAA B-WET. There is no cost to attend, and we provide participants with meals, dorm-style lodging and some travel support. Space is limited and preference will be given to partner or team teachers from the same school. For more information, contact the OCEP North Coast Coordinator Cait Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 8:30am - 4:00pm
Join us at the Hatfield Marine Science Center for How Do We Explore? Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection from NOAA. During this day long professional development for educators of 5-12th grade students, participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom investigations into the innovative exploration and equipment on the Okeanos Explorer research vessel.
Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who participate the full day will receive a $50 stipend as well as education materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.
This is the same workshop that was held at the Seattle Aquarium on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and will be held there again on August 24, 2013. For more information visit their website.
August 12-15, 2013 in Newport, OR primarily for Lincoln, Lane & Douglas Counties
October 11-14, 2013 in Astoria, OR primarily for Tillamook & Clatsop counties in OR and Pacific county WA
Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP) will lead this four-day workshop. Teachers and interpreters will learn about current understanding of Pacific Northwest plate tectonics, earthquakes, and tsunamis, as well as methods to prepare coastal students and visitors for these hazards.
Registration is now open for the October workshop and applications are due by August 31st, 2013. To apply click on the "More Information" link below. Download a Flier.
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, HMSC Marine Education now has kits available from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) for teachers to check out for use in Oregon classrooms. To request a kit for pick up at HMSC, follow the link associated with the kit description. C-MORE kits may be checked out one at a time for up to two weeks.
|Marine debris is an environmental problem of global importance, enlisting the concern and action of scientists, policy makers, as well as the general public. This three-lesson kit focuses primarily on plastic marine debris. Students critically examine data and samples and take part in activities that explore the causes, geographical distribution, and biological impacts of marine debris. Each lesson can be completed in about 50–60 minutes, but many of the activities are discrete and can be easily rearranged to fit various curricular objectives and time constraints.|
Grades 3 - 8
|Students learn about the causes of coral reef destruction by assuming various character roles in this marine murder-mystery. As they determine who killed Seymour Coral, students learn the basics of DNA testing. Suspects include global warming, sedimentation, and other threats facing coral reefs today. This activity is designed for 15 students, but can be modified for 12–24 students. A narrated PowerPoint that provides background information on coral reefs can be shared in advance in a separate lesson. The total class time for the PowerPoint, skit, and pre- and post-surveys is about 100 minutes.|
Grades 6 - 12
|This two-lesson kit familiarizes students with the causes and consequences of ocean acidification: the process by which our ocean is becoming increasingly acidic. Ocean acidification is caused by increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2, some of which dissolves in the ocean and forms an acid. An acidic ocean poses threats to marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, and even plankton. Ocean acidification is one of the most serious environmental issues facing the planet and is predicted to have devastating impacts within the next century. Lesson 1 includes a simple hands-on experiment, a short PowerPoint, and optional readings with worksheets. In Lesson 2, students conduct a more in-depth experiment with electronic probes to simulate the process of ocean acidification. Each lesson will require approximately an hour.|
OCEAN CONVEYOR BELT
Grades 8 - 12 for Lessons 1&2
|Ocean Conveyor Belt Kit image collecting and analyzing oceanographic data help students appreciate the relevance of marine science to their own lives and to understand the value of technology in science. This four-lesson kit introduces students to some fundamental concepts in oceanography including ocean circulation, nutrient cycling, and variations in the chemical, biological, and physical properties of seawater through hands-on and computer-based experiments. Each lesson is designed to be completed in about 70 minutes, but the activities are discrete and can be rearranged to fit various curricular objectives and time constraints.|
Grades 3-12 for Lessons 1,2&3
|This kit explores plankton and their global importance through four lessons and an optional extension activity. Plankton are tiny plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) that are incapable of swimming against major currents in the ocean. In Lesson 1 (40 minutes), students learn about plankton through a narrated PowerPoint presentation and investigate and identify various phytoplankton. In Lesson 2 (45 minutes), students design their own phytoplankton. In Lesson 3 (50 minutes), students investigate zooplankton with a microscope. In Lesson 4 (60 minutes), students use an educational CD and virtual microscope to explore phytoplankton, learn about environmental factors that affect phytoplankton growth and distribution, and run a computer simulation to generate phytoplankton blooms. Lessons 1, 2, and 3 are suitable for Grades 3–12, whereas Lesson 4 is geared toward Grades 6–12. Computers (not provided) are required for Lesson 4, and the students (or the teacher) must provide the supplies for the optional extension activity.|
Download these printable resources (in .pdf format) for use in your classroom and while visiting the HMSC:
Visit the Web-based version of one of our featured exhibits, Rhythms of Our Coastal Waters: Yaquina Bay, from the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Sites, including downloadable real-time data sets.
AIS Toolkit - A teacher resource for aquatic invasive species education, including a a growing number of downloadable educational materials developed by classrooms and teachers around Oregon.
Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness - Hazards associated with Oregon's coast include the likelihood of of earthquakes and tsunami events occurring within our lifetimes. OSU Sea Grant Extension Hazards Outreach Specialist Pat Corcoran has a website full of .pdfs and videos about how to prepare for and what to do in the case of an earthquake and tsunami.
Publications and videos on a wide variety of marine science topics, many available as free downloads.
Web sites containing curricula, lesson plans, real-time data and other resources for marine science education:
Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education K-12 Resource Center - A collection of K-12 resources for marine science education on-line, including lesson plans and links to resource providers, professional development and grant opportunities. Resources are organized into topic areas and grade levels.
CIESE - The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet.
COSEE - Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence is a nationwide network of ocean science research institutions, informal science education organizations, and formal education entities, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Best of COSEE Hands-On Acitivities can be found by subject, grade level, or Ocean Literacy Principle from the top menu.
CreatureCast - CreatureCast is a collaborative blog produced by members of the Dunn Lab at Brown University, along with assorted friends. Clever videos explain topics such as "Squid Iridescence" and "Mating When You Are Stuck To a Rock".
Estuaries.gov - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) have collaborated to produce a site containing everything you ever wanted to know about estuaries, how they function and the creatures that live there. Lesson plans, animations, tutorials and games. Includes an entire "Estuaries 101 Curriculum" and links to using real-time data from estuaries around the country.
Nab the Aquatic Invader - Oregon Sea Grant helped develop this web-based education program about aquatic invasive species. Designed for students in grades 4-10, participants become crime-fighters who seek out and identify the troublesome characters found in our region and elsewhere in the U.S.
NOAA Education Resources Page - Links to a variety of lesson plans, videos, and activities related to marine topics. Covers everything from tsunamis to coral reefs to fisheries. Make sure to check out the Office of Ocean Exploration & Research under the Education Programs tab for near real-time access to a series of multidisciplinary ocean explorations. It also provides compelling imagery, video, and topical essays related to the ocean, along with lesson plans, career information and puzzles.
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) - A collection of links to resources for environmental education related to marine topics.
Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) - This regional group of educators holds informative conferences and workshops in the Pacific Northwest.
Sea Grant Education Network - This national network of marine education professionals working through the National Sea Grant College Program offers links to classroom materials and resources.
USGS Education - Why is ocean water salty? Explore the USGS K-6 and learn the answer to this and other questions about water, erosion, earthquakes, tsunamis and much more.
WISE - The Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment is a simple yet powerful learning environment where students examine real world evidence and analyze current scientific controversies.