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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR
Looking for resources to help teach students about marine debris? Teachers of grades 4-12 are invited to participate in a newly funded NOAA Marine Debris STEAMSS project. The project aims to create and compile a marine debris curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering, arts, math and social studies (STEAMSS) disciplines. We will be piloting the curriculum with 24 Oregon teachers, who will attend an 8-hour workshop on February 1st and then implement activities with their students. Participating teachers will be asked to help evaluate the curriculum for its effectiveness. In exchange for participation, teachers will receive a stipend of $210, plus $150 to spend on classroom supplies and reimbursement subsitute/bus costs. Enrollment is due by December 20th.
For more information, please download the invitation and registration form.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:00pm
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR
Join us at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, OR for Why Do We Explore? Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection from NOAA. During this day long professional development for educators of 5-12th grade students, participants will explore lessons to guide students into an inquiry of reasons for ocean exploration and to provide educators background information on key topics of Ocean Exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Human Health, and Ocean Health using the NOAA RV Okeanos.
Registration is required and space is limited. Educators will receive a $100 stipend after completing this and Volume 2: How Do We Explore? (to be held April 19, 2014) as well as education materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.
2014 - Aberdeen/Hoqium, WA and Olympic Penninsula, WA
2015 - Coos Bay, OR and South Coast, OR
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.
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:
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.
Estuaries 101 - 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.
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.
OCEP - The Oregon Coast Education Program provides coastal education modules with resources that help Oregon teachers provide meaningful watershed and coastal experiences for their students. The OCEP modules are housed on the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) website.
USGS Education - Why is ocean water salty? Explore the USGS Education Pages and learn the answer to this and other questions about water, erosion, earthquakes, tsunamis and much more.
WISE - The Watershed and Invasive Species Education program is dedicated to helping teachers learn about emerging watershed issues, which can be used as tools to engage students in science learning and community action.