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Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:00pm
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - Portland, OR
Join us at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) 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 will
receive a $100 stipend after completing this and Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? as well as education materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.
If you missed the Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? workshop you can attend at the Seattle Aquarium on Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Register at http://www.seattleaquarium.org/teacher-resources.
*If you attended Volume I in February (or previously) you do not need to fill out another registration form, just send an e-mail to SeaGrantMarineEd@oregonstate.edu.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:30am - 4:00pm
Tryon Creek State Park - Portland, OR
Join the Oregon Coast Education Program as we explore connections between climate change, Cascade glaciers, and the Oregon coastline. This free workshop is designed for 6th-8th grade science or contained classroom educators. Topics include fundamentals of climate change science, use of long term data sets, thermal expansion, heat capacity, sea level rise, glacial melt, and an introduction to OCEP's resources. These hands on activities are designed to be used in the classroom and right outside the door (no crampons and harnesses necessary!) and align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Professional development units and continuing education credits will be available through Portland State University (cost not covered by OCEP). Register online
For Classroom Educators 3rd - 8th grade:
For Science Educators 6th – 12th grade:
Learn more and register for OCEP summer workshops focusing on coast experiences on the NAME News and Events website: http://www.pacname.org/news.shtml
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.
Download these printable resources (in .pdf format) for use in your classroom and while visiting the HMSC:
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.
StreamWebs - This dynamic online platform from OSU Extension provides students and teachers with open-source, web-based tools for watershed data management, analysis, and networking. Classrooms from all over the state post and share their field data here. NEW: Educator Kits available for check out!
Wave Energy Engineering Curriculum - In this lesson designed for grades 4-12, students build and test their own model wave energy devices. Wave Energy kits are available for check out from HMSC; e-mail for details. See also: A Primer on Wave Energy from Oregon Sea Grant, and the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NMMREC) website for local information about current developments in wave energy testing.
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.
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.
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.