Christopher Petrone is on the NMEA Board of Directors and is the marine education specialist for the Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service at the University of Delaware.
We asked him four key questions about his experience with NMEA:
1. Why did you join NMEA?
I originally joined when I registered for my first conference, 2006 in New York! I had been working for Virginia Sea Grant and the Bridge website for about a year at the time. Both Sea Grant and the Bridge are fixtures at NMEA conferences, so I was encouraged by my team to attend and present. It was one of my very first conference presentations!
2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?
Over the past nine years, NMEA has helped me build an invaluable network of colleagues from across the globe. I am constantly pulling activities, resources, and contacts from my “toolkit,” which I have compiled through attendance at NMEA conferences, the Scuttlebutt email list, and direct contact with my NMEA compadres.
3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?
By far, the creation of the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles, as well as NMEA’s work on the Next Generation Science Standards.
The Ocean Literacy principles have been a guiding force in my and fellow marine educators’ work. The principles have given us a common message and common voice which we use in each of our diverse education niches. Regarding NGSS, from initial review and comments, all the way through the current adoption and implementation phase, NMEA has been at the table, and will continue to play a major role in advancing science education in general, not just marine and freshwater science.
4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?
Network, collaboration, family.
Check out some of his recent work with these video recaps from Delaware Sea Grant:
Catching the Wind: Petrone recently hosted a wind education program for 125 first graders from a local elementary school. Students rotated through four content stations, which included hands-on, interactive activities about wind and the university's turbine. The program was meant to supplement a first grade science unit titled "Catching the Wind."
2014 Chesapeake Bay Bowl: Petone served as coordinator of the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, which was held at the University of Delaware earlier this year.
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