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Teacher Workshops

Summer Professional Development Institute
ON THE WATERFRONT: Integrating Science Standards Through Classroom and Field Investigations
Dates: July 27th- August 1, 2009
            Call-back dates Fall 2009

Join the team at the New England Aquarium for an intensive, 6-day workshop offering content background in ocean science and hands-on practice in inquiry-based activities adhering to state curriculum frameworks to take back to the classroom. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on linking science and literacy through inquiry and scientific investigations. Connect science and literacy by:

  • Exploring marine biodiversity, classification, habitats and adaptation.
  • Investigating the physical and chemical properties of water and the role of carbon dioxide in the ocean.
  • Learning about research and conservation efforts at the New England Aquarium and in and around Boston Harbor.
  • Linking to science and literacy standards in the Massachusetts frameworks.
  • Applying inquiry skills and content knowledge through hands-on investigations.
Most appropriate for 3rd through 8th Grade Teachers

Location: New England Aquarium and field sites along Boston Harbor
Credit: 45 PDPs
Optional: 3 graduate science credits available from Cambridge College
Cost: $250 without graduate credit and $400 with graduate credit

To register, contact the Teacher Resource Center at 617-973-6590 or [email protected].

Teacher Training at Waquoit Bay Research Reserve 2009
Climate Science for Teachers
For 7th - 12th grade teachers
Dates: Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Credit: 3 graduate credits or 67.5 PDPs for 36 hours of contact time

This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on marine 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.

For more information contact Pat Harcourt at (508) 457-0495 x 106 or [email protected].

Summer Professional Development Workshop at the New England Aquarium
Climate Science and the Oceans
For 6th - 12th grade teachers
Dates: Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Follow up meeting date to be decided during summer session.
Credit: 3 graduate credits or 67.5 PDPs for 36 hours of contact time
Credit offered through Framingham State College and Cambridge College for additional cost

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Pat Harcourti – Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,
Jayshree Oberoi – New England Aquarium
Nicole Scola – New England Aquarium
Additional guest experts
Cost of the workshop: $150 (cost for the graduate credits not included)

For registration information, email [email protected] or call 617-973-6590

Course Description:

Climate change is among the most important scientific issues of our time. There is an intricate relationship between climate system and ecosystems. We will focus particularly on ocean ecosystems and consider rising sea levels and melting ice caps as indicators of a changing climate. We will also consider ocean acidification as a related topic with implications for marine life and systems. Climate change and acidification of the world’s oceans are relevant topics for today’s students to learn important concepts in science and applied math. We will also examine topics in renewable energy topics that can help students learn about technology, engineering and design as skills to help create solutions to major challenges in the world.

This course will explicitly align topics and contents with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. We will integrate math, science and technology, using practical hands-on lessons as well as facilitating ideas for additional hands-on learning for students. Within the broad ocean system, we will utilize New England coastal ecosystems as local representatives of the impacts of climate change. We think that focusing on local environments and habitats can help students to make more personal meaning from their lessons and connect their learning with ways that land, sea and atmosphere interact with and affect water, marshes, birds, fish and shellfish.

Participating teachers will practice with hands-on learning activities as well as hearing from expert presenters and collect resources to teach about climate science, coastal systems, and renewable energy. We’ll sort out climate fact from fiction, study effects of climate change on oceans, collect data and design investigations for students. Participants will leave with lesson plans they can use with their students and a resource CD as well as a network of colleagues for mutual support.

Build an ROV – Sea Perch Program
Connecting students, scientists and oceans around the world through underwater robotics
November 7-8, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Ma Academy of Math and Science at WPI
Contact: Amy Hoffmaster at [email protected]

Come join us for a 2 day workshop where you will build your own ROV from scratch and learn how to use it in the classroom and in the field.

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), MIT Sea Grant, the Office of Naval Research, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers are partnering to offer this special opportunity for middle and high school teachers. Participants will experience the SeaPerch program through building their own ROV and then exploring how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field. Teachers will receive a complete ROV kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide.

The SeaPerch program trains teachers, mentors and potential trainers how to build the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which are made with PVC pipe. With a marine engineering theme this project teaches basic underwater design skills and encourages the exploration of marine science and ocean engineering concepts and careers.

16 PDPs will be awarded

Cost: This workshop is funded by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine
Engineers through a grant from the US Office of Naval Research and includes all materials, funds for substitute teachers on Friday, and lunch both days.

To apply: Please email Amy Hoffmaster ([email protected]) before October 28, 2009 with the following information:
Name, School, School Address, Phone, E-mail Address, Grade Level and Subject(s), Electronics/robotics experience

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