Day 1 Schedule

Monday, July 22, 2019
7:o0 am Registration/Check in & Auction Drop off Granite State Room
7:30 am Continental Breakfast Strafford Room
8:00 am Welcome and Announcements Granite State Room
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Exhibits open Strafford Room
8:30 am Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bob Steneck Granite State Room
9:30 - 10:00 am Coffee break in exhibit hall Strafford Room
10:00 - 10:45 am Session 1 Session Rooms in MUB
11:00 - 11:45 am Session 2 Session Rooms in MUB
12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch (including Buddy Lunch) Holloway Commons
Visit Exhibits Strafford Room
1:15 - 2:00 pm Session 3 Session Rooms in MUB
2:15 - 3:00 pm Session 4 Session Rooms in MUB
3:00 -3:15 pm Afternoon snack in exhibit hall Strafford Room, MUB
3:15 - 4:00 pm Session 5 Session Rooms in MUB
4:00 - 4:45 pm POD and Committee Meetings Session Rooms in MUB
4:00 - 4:45 pm Groups Meeting:
Education Research and Evaluation, Room 330
Student Engagement, Room 332
Traditional Knowledge, Room 334
4:45 - 5:30 First buses leave for Strawbery Banke Curbside fo MUB on Quad Way
5:00 - 10:00 pm Visit Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth, NH
5:30 pm Past Presidents Meet up Portsmouth, NH
8:00 - 10:00 pm Buses leave Strawbery Banke for UNH

Session Descriptions

Monday July 22, Session 1, 10:00-10:45 am
  • Room 302
    Susan Haynes and Geraldine Fauville, NMEA International Committee Co-Chairs
    Welcoming International Colleagues to NMEA
    This session will welcome our ocean science and education colleagues from afar to the NMEA family, introduce you to the organization, and give us all an opportunity to get to know one another as we embark on a great week of learning.
    All Audiences
    Kate Achilles, NOAA; Meghan Marrero, David Bader (Moved to Rm 302)
    NMEA 101
    Are you new to NMEA? Are you looking to become more active in the organization? Do you wonder what NMEA is doing to advance our mission around the world? Please join us to learn about NMEA's history, current projects, and future goals, and how you can become more involved. Meet our leadership team and make connections, old and new.
    All Audiences

  • Room 330
    Sara Smith, The Marine Mammal Center with Jennifer Walker
    A living curriculum
    Explore how informal education organizations like The Marine Mammal Center are uniquely positioned to support classroom learning through a “living curriculum.” As the world’s largest marine mammal hospital and a partner in science education, we have a wealth of resources to demonstrate the ever-evolving nature of science, support student engagement and collaborate with teachers as thought partners to regularly updated content that meets the needs of learners in the many unique communities we serve.
    All Audiences, 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School) ,Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational)

  • Room 332
    Celia Cackowski, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
    Bridge DATA series: The heat is on
    Using the longest continuous record of atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements (Mauna Loa) and greenhouse gas data, participants will evaluate trends over the past 60 years as well as seasonal variations in sea level.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators

  • Room 334
    Kartik Jha, SmartStart Evaluation and Research with Joshua Penman
    How to think like an evaluator
    This presentation will provide a clear, basic framework for you to conduct your own evaluation or engage with external evaluators. We will present a crash course on how to develop SMART goals and a theory of change, collect and interpret evaluation data, and use findings to improve student learning outcomes and measure program success. This presentation is for educators and coordinators who are interested in evaluating their educational program but don’t know where to start.
    All Audiences

  • Room 336
    Grace Simpkins, Woods Hole Sea Grant
    Salmon, shellfish, and cetaceans, oh my!
    The Coasts, Oceans, and Stewardship (COAST) Program is a collaboration between Woods Hole Sea Grant and the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center with lessons designed for K-8 students. See how to integrate data into your classroom lessons to meet the NGSS and Ocean Literacy principles. Get an overview of lessons ranging from analyzing aerial survey data for North Atlantic right whale identification to working with Atlantic salmon telemetry data from Maine.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), Informal Educators

  • Room 338
    Bill Andrake, Swampscott Middle School
    Trout in the classroom
    For twenty years, the aquaculture of Atlantic Salmon and Eastern Brook Trout has been an integral part of my middle school science program. Raising fish from eggs in December to their release as fry in Spring has provided a “real world” application of many science principles while promoting teamwork, responsibility, and problem solving. This project has fostered a sense of stewardship for our “world of water” while offering a unique experience with delayed gratification.
    All Audiences

  • Room 340
    Thomas Greene, Kingsborough Community College with Blanca Ching
    Is it safe? Monitoring sewage pollution in coastal waters
    In this workshop, participants will learn how to test their local waters for sewage contamination by using an EPA approved technique that can reveal the extent to which shellfishing, swimming, boating and drinking waters meet public health standards.
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Theater I
    Sylvia Spalding, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council
    Sticking a finger in the pie: Creating ways to teach students about fisheries and traditional knowledge
    Millennia before Western contact, human populations on small, remote Pacific islands used place-based, intergenerational observation to develop traditional knowledge that allows them to balance use and conservation of resources, such as fisheries. Today, the Western path has led to coastal habitat loss, ecosystem disruptions and climate change. Traditional knowledge is increasingly sought by native and non-native populations to address these resource and climate change issues. Learn how educators are overcoming challenges to teach these subjects.
    All Audiences

  • Theater II
    Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts Boston
    Eight key concepts of ocean and environmental science
    Similar to the Ocean Literacy Principles, we have developed a set of eight (8) Key Concepts of Ocean and Environmental Science. In teaching environmental and/or ocean science to Grade 1-16 students, focusing on the big ideas is more flexible, more effective, and more powerful than using traditional textbooks with 20-25 topics/chapters. This session will explore the 8 Key Concepts of Ocean and Environmental Science and their use in a variety of educational settings.
    All Audiences, PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational)

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Kate Achilles, NOAA; Meghan Marrero, David Bader (Moved to Rm 302)
    NMEA 101

    Angelica Baylon, MAAP
    Climate change mitigation by private company stakeholders in the Philippines
    Informal Educators, Government Agencies

    Patrick Wells, Holy Spirit High School with Jan Negrijn
    Place based education: Monitoring ocean water temperatures
    In a place-based learning project, high school students under the supervision of local mariners developed, built, and deployed arrays to monitor ocean water temperatures in Conception Bay (NL). The arrays documented temporal variations related to depth, seasonality, and weather conditions. Temperature data was correlated with the seasonality of migratory species. The project brought forth aspects of learning that were unexpected and these challenges and solutions are revealed in this presentation.
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors,Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational)

Monday July 22, Session 2, 11:00-11:45 am
  • Room 162
    Julia Peterson, NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension
    Integrating social science with outreach projects
    This presentation will provide participants with information about the benefits and challenges of integrating a social science component with their outreach projects. It will include things to think about when considering a social science component and tips for working with social scientists to get helpful information that can strengthen a program's needs assessment, design, delivery or evaluation.
    All Audiences

  • Room 302
    Tami Lunsford, Newark Charter School
    Marine science in a 3-dimensional Biology lesson
    Come experience a three-dimensional lesson using primary production in the ocean as a phenomenon! See how a NOAA OER resources were modified to hit biology content standards and NGSS!
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School),College Instructors

  • Room 330
    Nancy FitzGerald, Academy for Environmental Science
    Piece, love, and data
    An important piece of the Next Generation Science Standards is getting students to work with data, often this translates to students creating graphs. Learn how to turn students on to data that goes well beyond graphing. This session will use two lessons supported by the Monterey Bay Research Institute's EARTH initiative to show teachers how they can combine art and science to get their students to love working with data.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary),6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School),9 - 12 Teachers (High School)

  • Room 332
    Aldyn Markle, Hampshire College
    Approaching the iceberg: Navigating effective communication and accessibility in informal ocean and climate change education
    This session examines what creates an effective informal ocean and climate change education from multiple perspectives. I will be drawing from cognitive science, behavior change and educational research, as well as feminist science studies and research on cultural accessibility and incorporating diverse perspectives in informal science education.
    Informal Educators

  • Room 334
    Taylor Planz, Harlem High School
    Learn & teach: The mystery of the disappearing destination
    In February 2017, the famed crab fishing vessel Destination suddenly vanished in the Bering Sea. After search and rescue missions halted, the sunken vessel remained missing. After 5 months, NOAA Ship Fairweather's sonar technology put the mystery to rest. In this session, you'll learn how to amplify your physical science waves unit by engaging students in problem-based learning to discover the fate of F/V Destination and the 5 dedicated fishermen whose lives were lost that day.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School)

  • Room 336
    Amanda Rinehart, Artist Boat
    Student design and install of WaterSmart Landscapes to reduce surface water runoff from school campuses
    We, Back the Bay, created awareness of stormwater runoff, developed critical thinking skills, and created action to increase water conservation and reduce storm runoff from school campuses. Using experiential and project-based learning in the classroom and outdoors we increased knowledge and improved attitudes of 6-12th grade students, and stewarded Galveston Bay via the student-led design and installation of WaterSmart Landscapes on five campuses. Landscapes will ultimately result in long-term water quality improvement of Galveston Bay.
    All Audiences

  • Room 338
    Jens Bjelvenmark, Gullmarsgymnasiet High School, Sweden with Perilla Wegén
    Lab tools and Dynamene: Understanding our world and inspiring young students in the field of science
    The making of scientific equipment can be a fantastic driving force to inspire young people in the field of science. The maker movement has enabled schools, teachers and students to create scientific instruments that can be very powerful and much cheaper than if bought from commercial vendors. Moreover, by building these instruments students come to understand that they often are based on scientific principles they understand and know.
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors

  • Room 340
    Chris Flight, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Hall Programs
    Are there sharks in these waters? Using data to find out
    Ask a student to think about a shark and they immediately think about things like teeth, large size, and Sharkweek. But sharks are so much more than a week of teeth on TV. They’re an ideal way to help students see how scientists analyze data and draw conclusions from it. Join Dauphin Island Sea Lab educators as they demonstrate how you can incorporate real data from Gulf of Mexico shark research into your classroom.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School) ,Informal Educators

  • Theater I
    Avery Sward, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) with Sandra Huynh
    Using approaches from the past, creating art in the present, & preserving the environment for the future
    In the early-mid 1900s, artist and naturalist Walter Anderson would commune with nature for inspiration. His art style is encompassed in South Mississippi culture. At the Grand Bay NERR, we partner with artists to bring ecology to culturally-influenced art. Combining Walter Anderson’s approaches to art with science creates opportunities to educate our community. We hope by sharing our lessons learned from our art workshop process, that our audience is inspired to create culturally infused workshops.
    Informal Educators,Government Agencies

  • Theater II
    Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science
    Bridging the gap: Different perspectives on equity and inclusion
    Equity and inclusion are much-discussed in marine/environmental education, yet professionals in these fields continue to be among the least diverse in all of education. Lawrence Hall of Science conducted an evaluation study that revealed there is little common understanding of what equity and inclusion look like in practice. This presentation showcases the perspectives of mostly white organizational leaders and educators of color, identify patterns, and share insights on how to bridge the gap.
    All Audiences

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Dorothea Sanders, UGA Marine Extension GA Sea Grant with Dr. Jay Brandes
    Building capacity for microplastics research and education using the tried and true citizen science model
    Citizen science programs offer benefits to research groups, monitoring agencies and policymakers and have shown that they can positively impact communities as participants become more informed and empowered. We will highlight how we are using lessons from the past - citizens scientists - to create marine research and education opportunities associated with microplastics research underway along the coast of Georgia.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors,Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

Monday July 22, Session 3, 1:15-2:00 pm
  • Room 162
    Kathy Zagzebski, National Marine Life Center with Sandra Ryack-Bell
    Using marine animals to engage non-traditional audiences in STEM and ocean literacy
    Women are often underrepresented in STEM fields. One way to engage women, girls, and other underrepresented audiences in STEM is by incorporating marine animals and marine science subject matter in the classroom. Appreciation of animals cuts across gender and socioeconomic boundaries, and topics involving animals can attract and involve many students that might not otherwise be interested in STEM or Ocean Literacy.
    All Audiences

  • Room 330
    Jennifer Magnusson, National Marine Educators Association
    Navigating social media for ocean education
    Dive into social media and explore how you can enhance your online presence. Join this interactive session to learn how to measure success and maximize your time and resources. Connect with NMEA's Social Media Community Manager to build relationships between regional chapters, member institutions, and individuals so we can amplify the message of ocean and climate literacy.
    Informal Educators, Resource Managers

  • Room 332
    Jenn Page, Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
    Using the UN Sustainable Development goals to meaningfully connect students to marine education
    This session will help participants connect the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to their own curriculum using marine systems as an entry point. Educators will leave with actionable plans to implement relevant aspects of the SDGs through interdisciplinary, place-based approaches.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators

  • Room 334
    Lyndsey Manzo, Ohio Sea Grant with Angela Greene
    Sink or swim! Making marine education for teachers more engaging, efficient and effective
    Are you staying current with best practices in professional development for teachers? Over the last five years, Ohio Sea Grant Education Specialists piloted a variety of unique, contemporary strategies to improve marine education for K-12 teachers. Learn about three extremely successful tools and practice how to implement them in programming. Attendees will receive resources and templates to aid in raising participant engagement, enhancing program efficiency, and improving the effectiveness of marine education for teachers.
    College Instructors, Informal Educators

  • Room 336
    Sean Russell, EarthEcho International
    Activating young ocean educators and conservationists with EarthEcho International
    The future of marine education and conservation depends on inspiring young people to take action now to address critical sustainability issues in their communities. Through this engaging session, you’ll learn about EarthEcho International’s suite of educational programs, digital resources, and hands on learning opportunities that inspire young people to pursue STEM careers, cultivate their leadership skills, and activate the next generation of conservationists and educators.
    All Audiences

  • Room 338
    Jaclyn Robidoux, Maine Sea Grant with Morgan Cuthbert, Jenn Page, and Liz Johndrow
    Connecting to your community: Marine education and aquaculture in the classroom
    New England is rich in its communities and traditional history linked to the marine environment. This session seeks provide tested tools and applied resources to make connections between classrooms, communities and marine ecosystems. We hope to share our experience in authentic and place-based science explorations.
    All Audiences

  • Room 340
    Anne Smrcina, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
    Follow that seabird
    Like canaries in coal mines, shearwaters may prove to be harbingers of Gulf of Maine health as well as indicators of the availability of sand lance and other prey. Satellite tags allow us to follow their movements here in their feeding grounds and later along their long-distance migration. In this workshop, we will cover recent research on seabird health, plot tracks of bird movements and see how ocean observing data can be used.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Theater I
    Steve Morton, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS; Jennifer Maucher-Fuquay, Kevin Hollerbach, Antonio Bravo, Harry Nelson
    Citizen science and the future of Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring
    Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have become more prominent in the public eye, and the increasing frequency and duration of these HAB events continues to make the national news. NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network is a citizen science volunteer-based program in which participants are trained by NOAA scientists to identify the presence of potentially harmful algal species associated with HABs. This presentation will touch on methods and how data are used to develop and refine new models for predicting HABs.
    All Audiences

  • Theater II
    Ariel Zych, The Science Friday Initiative
    Cephalopod Week: Best practices and lessons learned from six years of a successful social media campaign
    In 2014 Science Friday launched a weeklong hashtag-driven social and multimedia campaign to promote cephalopods. Six years later, we explore the widespread success of #CephalopodWeek, which now reaches over 20 million social media users every June. We’ll walk through best practices for building a large social media campaign, things that didn’t work, and take a peek into the dim waters of measuring the learning, interest, and information-sharing that occurs in a multi-platform campaign.
    College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Leigh Peake, Gulf of Maine Research Institute with Meredyth Sullivan
    Citizens, cities, schools, and science: An integrated approach to building coastal resilience
    The Gulf of Maine Research Institute collaborates with coastal municipalities, community groups, and high schools to make the complex impacts of sea level rise concrete. Through multi-generational and multi-stakeholder engagement, we’re collaboratively building community resilience against climate change.
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

    Robert Rocha, New Bedford Whaling Museum
    Using marine animal models to teach classification
    Our 'Sorting it All Out' program was created as a means to teach life science standards that relate to shared characteristics and adaptations. Through a combination of examining our whale skeletons, handling of actual animal parts, powerpoint slides, and plastic or rubber animal models, students are active participants in learning the basics of classification.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), Informal Educators

Monday July 22, Session 4, 2:15-3:00 pm
  • Room 162
    Dax Ovid, Call of the Sea with Nancy Richardson and Linda Chilton
    Ocean literacy under sail: Experience the connections between NMEA and Tall Ships
    This session will overview the unique opportunities marine educators have to advance Ocean Literacy Principles under sail with student-centered, experiential learning at the core.
    All Audiences

  • Room 330
    Mary Colvard, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Novel icefish genes, adaptation, and human health
    Antarctic icefish species possess unique adaptations that enable them to thrive in an icy, food-rich environment. Learn how new genes formed and old genes acquired new roles resulting in these adaptations. Workshop participants will engage in hands-on activities that model icefish blood, view sections of a thirteen-minute film, and learn how an understanding of icefish adaptations may help in treating two common human diseases. Participants will leave with a DVD, handouts, and new ideas.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators

  • Room 332
    Cynde McInnis, The Whalemobile; Jen Kennedy
    Make the right choice for Right Whales, right NOW
    Right whales are charismatic megafauna--they are huge and awe-inspiring. Right now, they are fighting for their survival. The Year of the Right Whale 2020 Campaign seeks to raise awareness of the plight of the right whale and encourage action to help protect this species. The workshop will be a training session for the curriculum that can be used in both informal and formal educational settings. Come see how you can help save right whales by teaching your students about them!
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), Informal Educators

  • Room 336
    Maggie Pletta, DNREC, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Shrinkage, not just in cold water anymore: An educational activity on how climate change is affecting bill size in birds
    Participate in and provide feedback on a new interactive activity for middle and high school students to learn about climate change and the impacts it is having on a species’, the Red Knot, ability to forage for food and reproduce.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 338
    Geraldine Fauville, Stanford University
    Virtual reality in marine education
    Join me to discuss a new comer in marine education: Virtual Reality (VR). I will present the current research in VR for marine education and tell you about the undergoing research at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab where I conduct research on VR for environment and marine education.
    All Audiences

  • Room 340
    Tina Miller-Way, Dauphin Island Sea Lab with Rachel McDonald
    Tracking trash with drifters
    Drifters have long been used to track ocean currents. Today, however, some of those currents are carrying trash. Drifters can be used to track this trash, but perhaps more importantly, they can be used to help find solutions. Come join us to build mini-drifters, investigate the problems of marine debris and microplastics and explore a series of STEM lesson plans that can be used with students to address trash problems in their local waterways.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational)

  • Theater I
    Hannah MacDonald and Anne Smrcina, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
    Inspire the next generation by connecting with National Marine Sanctuaries through telepresence technology
    Large exploration and research vessels will be exploring the deep-water regions of America’s underwater parks and you can join along through Telepresence technology. These live ship-to-shore interactions from the vessel into your classroom or facility will help inspire the next generation of innovators. Learn more and pick up free materials.
    All Audiences

  • Theater II
    Chuck Getter, Career Tech High School with Tracy Crews
    How to set up a drone-based marine mammal monitoring curriculum for high school students
    Tools and Techniques for Tomorrow: This required developing innovation to find ways to merge two technologies, namely aviation science and marine mammalogy. The Tool used was a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The Technique was teaming up with a government licensed whale expert aboard a research vessel. Oregon Sea Grant acted as an extension agent to find the appropriate university scientist to collaborate with our drone class.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Kate Leavitt, Seacoast Science Center with Danielle Bastian
    Mind the gap
    Learn how an informal marine science institution used Arc GIS mapping tools to strategically assess and bolster its regional school programming reach.
    Informal Educators, Resource Managers

    Michelle L. "Mick" Walsh, Florida Keys Community College
    Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician Certificate at Florida Keys Community College
    Tropical marine aquaculture is increasingly used for conservation efforts focused on coral reef species and restoration projects. Environmental concerns over global degradation of many reef ecosystems necessitates the need for training qualified technicians. The Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician certificate is designed to develop technician-level skills that will help fill the marine aquaculture-based jobs of the future while helping supply the demand for oceanic resources from a cultured environment and not the ocean.
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Resource Managers,Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

Monday July 22, Session 5, 3:15-4:00 pm
  • Room 162
    Yolanda Sanchez
    It is working? Science education tools to promote sustainable attitudes in marine conservation
    The disconnection between scientific knowledge and the society affects the capacity of making responsible decisions negatively. There are efforts to transfer scientific knowledge, for example, through informal science education programs created to increase ocean literacy in the community. Increase awareness is expected by increase knowledge, driving attitudes towards sustainability, but it is really happening? Are the educational tools that we use in our educational programs effective?
    All Audiences

  • Room 330
    Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant
    The quick and dirty of trash in the water
    Marine debris is found everywhere on this planet and it affects everything and everyone. This hands-on session will demonstrate easy to make and deliver activities that can be used to educate people on the issue of marine debris in the classroom or on the go at an outreach event. Come get your hands dirty as we discover the issue of marine debris in our waters and what we can do about it.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators

  • Room 332
    Symone Johnson, National Aquarium
    Informal learning institutions partnering with higher learning institutions for large environmental education programs
    National Aquarium works with local colleges and universities in various types of partnerships to provide a meaningful watershed education experience to sixth graders by conducting hands-on scientific investigations of Baltimore’s Harbor. The partnerships established through this program have proven to be effective in connecting youth, college students, informal learning intuitions, and higher education institutions. National Aquarium would like to show others how this model could be carried out in other cities to create new partnerships.
    College Instructors, Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Formerly Room 334 - Moved to Quad Way
    Patrick Flanagan, Ocean Learning Lab and Immersive Experiences
    Explore the ocean in a digital submarine
    In this session, we'll travel to a coral reef in Bermuda aboard OLLIE's traveling immersive virtual submarine, investigate the changing local and global ocean and climate, and learn about local research and conservation efforts.
    All Audiences, 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Room 336
    Katie Pelon, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation
    Engaging students in microplastics research in the classroom
    In a new educational program, we aim to bring the experience of researching microplastics into the classroom for elementary, middle, and high school students, which we will demonstrate for participants in this hands-on session. Curricula and worksheets for conducting this program in the classroom will be provided to educators.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 338
    Jane Ji, Springbay Studio Ltd.
    Engaging kids in environmental stewardship through game-based learning

  • Room 340
    Julianne Mueller-Northcott, Souhegan High School
    Updating the Intertidal Transect Field Study
    The Intertidal Transect Field Study is a classic exercise in marine biology. It gets students out into dynamic intertidal ecosystem, introduces them to interesting marine creatures, and teaches them many scientific practices. But could your intertidal transect field study use some updating? This collaborative session will be focused on improving this fundamental activity. Come prepared to share and brainstorm ideas for helping students get the most out of the intertidal transect.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational)

  • Theater I
    Hannah MacDonald, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
    Exploring your National Marine Sanctuaries in 360: Education using virtual reality
    Learn how to bring national marine sanctuaries to your organization through the use of 360 media. Through this virtual resource, viewers dive into national marine sanctuaries through virtual reality using smartphones, tablets, computers and virtual reality headsets. This immersive experience will connect the audience with an understanding of national marine sanctuaries, key species and marine ecosystems.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Theater II
    Edward Cormier, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard with Tara Hicks-Johnson
    Seaperch: Bringing ROVs into the classroom
    SeaPerch is an innovative program which leads students through the building and testing of a small, underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The SeaPerch program provides students with a hands-on learning experience which incorporates robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics. Students will improve teamwork and problem solving skills while learning engineering concepts and technical applications. The SeaPerch program is designed for students in 7th grade through high school (with some flexibility).
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Government Agencies

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Drew Bush, McGill University
    Place-based and technology enabled marine climate change education at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, ME
    No longer speaking

    Kristen Crawford, School District of the Chathams with Dr. Meghan Marrero
    What factors lead kids to engage in positive ocean behaviors?
    The ocean is our planet’s most significant feature, and yet is being plagued by numerous environmental concerns. Many stress that today’s youth will effect change to save our ocean. But, what factors lead to students taking action for change while they are young? This study of students in the United States used qualitative methodologies to uncover the factors that lead to students feeling compelled to engage in positive ocean behaviors and empowered to do so.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Researchers (scientific or educational)

    Holly Morin, University of Rhode Island (URI), Inner Space Center (ISC), and the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO)
    Connect to the Arctic, LIVE, with the Northwest Passage Project!
    From July 17- August 5, 2019, scientists, students, education, and film professionals will set sail on the Swedish Polar Secretariat’s Icebreaker Oden to explore and investigate the changing Arctic as part of the innovative Northwest Passage Project (NPP; Connect LIVE with NPP participants and learn more about this 18-day journey of exploration! Hear about research activities, community events in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, and life onboard the 354 ft Oden.
    All Audiences