From the Editor: We’re excited to bring you another digital issue of Current in October, featuring articles by members from all over the country and overseas! Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll discover!
Underserved Youth and an Over-Used Wetland: The RESTOR Project Promotes a Win-Win Relationship at Ormond Beach
By Monique R. Myers
This article explores the RESTOR outdoor project at Ormond Beach, one of the most expansive natural coastal areas remaining in southern California. The program is led by California Sea Grant and provides underserved, multicultural fourth through ninth grade students and their teachers with the opportunity to learn and teach about this local natural refuge.
Activity: Litter isn’t Glitter: Beaches Should Be Clean
By Kelsey R. Cramer, Michele B. Sherman, and Mary Carla Curran
Find hands-on activities designed for middle school students to learn more about marine debris and its harmful effects on marine organisms along with data collected by scientists for students to analyze in the classroom. This activity addresses the Next Generation Science Standard of applying scientific principles for monitoring and minimizing human impacts on the environment.
Reel in Students: Using Real World Learning Objects (RWLO) and Real-Time Data in Ocean Science
By Jeff Thomas and Jill M. Raisor
This article provides educators with ocean-science based internet resources and activities to use in K-12 classrooms with connections to the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Common Core Standards for literacy and mathematics.
Activity: Corals: The Essence of Fluorescence
By: Jamie M. Caldwell, Carlie Wiener, Mark Heckman, and Judith D. Lemus
This activity engages students in grades five through eight in marine conservation through exercises based on coral disease research conducted at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. The topics introduced encourage discussion about coral reef ecosystem health and conservation.
Teaching An Undergraduate "Tropical Marine Biology” Course
By Matthew Landau
This article shares a focused study that summarizes how college lecturers develop undergraduate tropical marine biology classes. The author shares planning, logistics, and an overview of a successful field course model at Richard Stockton College.
Ocean Literacy: Can Students Learn the Essential Principles?
By Laura Guertin, Ph.D., and Nina Clements
Are we creating an ocean-literate society? These authors share their studies and what they learned about what students are learning and recalling about our global oceans.
Please check back in late October and enjoy your member benefits by logging in to access the October issue of Current!