Day 3 Schedule

Wednesday, July 24, 2019/Student Conference
7:30 am Continental Breakfast Strafford Room
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Student Conference MUB & Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
8:00 am Announcements Granite State Room
8:15 - 9:30 am Speaker: Dr. Larry Mayer
Ocean mapping: Exploring the secrets of the deep
Graduate Student Lightning Talks
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Granite State Room
9:30 - 10:00 am Coffee Break in exhibit hall
POC Meetup
Strafford Room
Unity Dining Area, MUB
10:00 - 10:45 am Session 1 Session Rooms in MUB
11:00 - 11:45 am Session 2 Session Rooms in MUB
12:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch, Business Meeting & Awards Hamel Recreation Center
2:30 - 3:30 pm Stegner Lecture: O'Chang Studios
Communicating Science with Cartoons
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Granite State Room
3:45 - 4:45 pm Poster Session
Sand, Shell, and Shirt Swap
Afternoon Ice Cream Social
Granite State Room
4:00 pm New NMEA Board Meeting MUB, Room 330
5:00 pm Buses leave for Seacoast Science Center Quad Way by Mills Hall
5:30 - 9:00 pm Lobster Boil and Networking Event
(Ticketed Event not included in Registration)
Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

Session Descriptions

Wednesday, July 24, Session 1, 10:00-10:45 am
  • Room 162
    Dennis Chasteen, University of New Hampshire Marine Docents and Department of Chemistry with Brandy Hardiman
    Teaching the fundamentals of ocean acidification
    This session will cover the relationship between rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and increasing acidification of ocean waters and its impacts on marine species, particularly shell-forming organisms. In addition to slides and short video clips, the presentation will include demonstrations and hands-on activities illustrating the properties of CO2 relevant to ocean acidification. Visual observations of the chemistry through active participation of the student will be emphasized.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School)

  • Room 164
    Geraldine Fauville
    VR Workshop: Closed session
    Contact Geraldine at if interested

  • Room 302
    Sean McKenna, Seacoast Science Center
    Marine mammals: Making waves
    Join a member of a local Marine Mammal Rescues Team to explore the threats and challenges they face responding to stranded seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales. What are the importance of these species to our local ecosystem? How can we work together to conserve marine mammal populations in the Gulf of Maine?
    All Audiences

  • Room 330
    John Baek, NOAA Office of Education with Jenny East, Diana Payne, Patrick Wells, and Joanna Philippoff
    Help shape education research to include marine education and ocean literacy: You're invited
    The NMEA Education Research and Evaluation Committee invites NMEA members to participate in a discussion about what the field knows about teaching and learning. We are interested in hearing the questions you have that are most important to you. The ideas and questions raised in this session will help inform the Committee to engage education researchers to help us think about how their work can be applied to ocean and coastal contexts.
    All Audiences

  • Room 332
    Ren Bettencourt, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
    Using art to spark a deeper understanding of climate change
    Art-making is a powerful way to engage students in learning, help students connect with nature, and support students in processing difficult topics such as climate change. In this interactive workshop, we will model strategies to inspire conversation about climate change using student artwork from Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest. Participants will also take part in an art-making activity, designed to help students explore the science of climate change both intellectually and emotionally.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 334
    Carol Hopper, Virginia Institute of Marine Science with Celia Cackowski and Sarah Nuss
    Fish fangs, microplastics, and moving mud: Graduate-level research translated for the K-12 classroom
    What do fish fangs reveal about annual cycles in a wolf eel’s life? What types of microplastics circulate in ocean gyres? Can moving mud tell tales? Graduate students at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have translated their research into hands-on STEM activities for K-12 science classrooms. This session shares inventive activities with real-world connections. Participants receive these three lesson plans and have on-line access to others at
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 336
    Christine Bird, Oceanic Research Group with Gretchyn A. Gallagher
    Blue world: From ocean to classroom
    This session will give participants an overview of a STEM lesson from the Oceanic Research Group. The audience will view Jonathan Bird’s Blue World Whale Sharks video, participate in one of the student activities of the lesson, and analyze the results. We will also discuss how versatile Oceanic Research Group’s lessons can be adjusted for different student populations and various levels within the same class.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 338
    Cassie Stymiest, Educational Passages with Holly Blair
    How far will it sail? Using miniboats as a tool for ocean exploration in the classroom and beyond
    Discover the ocean like never before by building and launching your very own miniature sailboat (“miniboat”) and following its GPS track as it sails across the sea. Your miniboat becomes a hands-on tool for exploring science, math, art, communication, and teamwork. Learn how you can engage your students, school, and community throughout the year and connect with people all around the world by integrating an Educational Passages miniboat into your program.
    All Audiences

  • Room 340
    Tracy Crews, Oregon Sea Grant with Hannah Nolan
    Meeting NGSS Science and Engineering Practices using the next generation of research vessels
    In this hands-on session, we will highlight activities and educational resources related to the new National Science Foundation funded Regional Class Research Vessels. Participants will learn how to meet the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices while also engaging their students in career-connected learning. We will share a variety of engaging activities and present strategies using real time data with students.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Theater II
    Susan Haynes, NOAA OER/Collabralink Technologies with Debi Blaney
    Exploring the deep ocean with NOAA: A dive into our most amazing recent discoveries
    Ocean exploration spans the globe, discovering never before seen worlds in the deep sea. NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research expands the reach of ocean exploration, frequently making discoveries completely new to the human race and to science. This session will dive into intriguing recent discoveries from the Atlantic, as well as activities and multimedia resources developed to help integrate ocean science into classroom instruction.
    All Audiences

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Wellsley Costello, NH Sea Grant & Cooperative Extension
    Science by the people, for the people
    Engaging youth and adult learners in authentic research and stewardship experiences is a powerful method to increase scientific learning. This presentation will detail the Coastal Research Volunteer (CRV) program impacts in terms of both on the ground accomplishments and our formal and informal education efforts to engage students in learning about coastal. In addition, we will share the range of services we can provide to help others develop their own sustainable citizen science programs.
    All Audiences

    Chih-Hsuan Chang, National Taiwan Ocean University with Cheng-Chieh Chang
    A pilot exploration of heart rate variability and creative thinking responses to ocean virtual reality imagery
    This study measured heart-rate variability (HRV) and creative thinking to explore whether Ocean Virtual Reality Imagery (OVRI) could facilitate a positive change toward mindfulness. We explored existing different kind of Ocean Virtual Reality films, designed two specific OVRI interventions. This quasi-experimental study with a control group was designed and still, in progress, we found the immersive Ocean Virtual Reality experiences with meditation, have preliminary efficacy for eliciting positive states to facilitate HRV and creative thinking.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Researchers (scientific or educational)

    Teresa Crean, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center & Rhode Island Sea Grant
    Workforce development through experiential learning - Designing an Integrated Coastal Resilience Capstone Studio for undergraduates
    Rhode Island Sea Grant has supported undergraduate experiential learning studios focused on coastal adaptation and resiliency planning for the past five years at the University of Rhode Island. These studios encourage collaboration among students from ocean engineering, landscape architecture, and resource economics to address coastal resilience design and planning challenges that Rhode Island municipalities are facing real time. The result? URI’s students are entering the job market with a unique and applicable set of skills.
    College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

Wednesday, July 24, Session 2, 11:00-11:45 am
  • Room 162
    Olivia Wood, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
    Aquariums - Not just for fish: Engaging communities to build and support our mission
    When you think of those who build and participate in the success of an aquarium, the field of marine sciences tends to come to mind. But who else makes our institutions and missions possible? No matter our background, or the circumstances of our guests, we are ALL part of our Living Planet and are ALL connected to the fate of our oceans and ecosystems and must act together to Turn the Tide.
    All Audiences

  • Room 164
    Geraldine Fauville
    VR Workshop: Closed session
    Contact Geraldine at if interested

  • Room 302
    Pamela Lynch, SCCC
    You are what you eat: KNOW seafood or NO seafood! (teaching the basics of fisheries sustainability)
    Sustainability, a main conference theme this year, is the single largest "buzzword" in marine sciences today. This lecture will address sustainability as it pertains to seafood - from selection to consumption - you are what you eat and your choice matters for your own health and the sustainability of our global Ocean. This lecture will be hands on and will highlight current seafood regulations, cutting edge fisheries management and the nationally recognized Seafood Watch program.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Government Agencies

  • Room 330
    Kimberly Dixon, National Aquarium with Symone Johnson
    Creating a pathway to future environmental educators
    In this session Symone Johnson, Urban Education Coordinator of the National Aquarium will talk about the trials and successes of the National Aquarium All About Water Program, where teen work study employees become environmental educators for middle schoolers throughout Baltimore City.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 332
    Hannah MacDonald, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
    Moving the scale from knowledge to behavior change to resource protection
    The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has initiated an institutional approach to documenting the impacts of our education programs. All 14 sites have been asked to report on both outputs and outcomes, using common metrics and instruments. Simultaneously, some of our education programs are being evaluated to determine the economic impact of their environmental stewardship activities.
    All Audiences

  • Room 334
    Kate Leavitt, Seacoast Science Center with Mike Doherty
    Cit sci on the fly
    Join informal educators from a seaside marine science center to learn their tips and tricks for engaging the general public, campers, and school groups in citizen science. Why is citizen science so important, how can you employ it at your institution, and what are some ways to give your participants agency to go further and create their own investigative questions? We will explore these questions and you will leave with practical ideas, lessons, and resources.
    Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational)

  • Room 338
    Emily Sherman, Dover Public Schools
    Our wet footprint: Teaching about human impacts on marine ecosystems
    Explore how human activities and technology have affected marine ecosystems since the Industrial Revolution, and how global population growth has accelerated the environmental impacts on our bodies of water. Engage in a hands-on simulations and discussion for use in the classroom or nature center. Receive electronic lesson plans and links to online tools.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators

  • Room 340
    Julie Silverman, Summit2Shore Consulting/HAWX Open Ocean with Graham Hawkes, Andrew Thaler, Jake Levenson, and Sam Kelly
    Empowering a community of ocean explorers through accessible tools and technology
    Join the ocean exploration revolution. Learn how ultra-low cost, easy-to-use, open-source, DIY tools now make exploring the ocean possible for everyone from students and ocean enthusiasts to citizen scientists and researchers. STEM ocean projects such as Sea Rocket and OpenCTD create limitless opportunities for making, research and reliable data collection and sharing. HAWX Open Ocean, Oceanography for Everyone and Conservation X Labs and Oceans Forward are part of a community that is hacking ocean exploration.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Granite State Room: Briefing sessions (three 15 minute sessions)
    Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science
    Professional learning resources for teaching science outdoors
    Field instructors who teach science outdoors have a unique opportunity to provide students with high impact, memorable learning experiences beyond what is possible in classrooms. Outdoor educators have not had access, however, to high quality professional learning designed for their context. Come experience student-centered and nature-centered practices, and learn about free professional learning resources for leaders and student activities for field instructors from the BEETLES Project at Lawrence Hall of Science.
    All Audiences, PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Theater II
    Brian Soash, Science Friday with Ariel Zych, Megan Cook, and Kelly Moran
    E/V Nautilus and Science Friday, live from American Samoa!
    With a live ship-to-shore interaction from E/V Nautilus on the far side of the world, learn what the Ocean Exploration Trust’s team of deep-sea scientists, engineers, and educators is exploring in their 2019 expedition. After the interaction, learn about free STEM educator resources from the Ocean Exploration Trust and Science Friday to implement current research, career role modeling, and ocean data in your classroom today.
    All Audiences

Wednesday, July 24, Poster Session, 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Noriko Imamiya, Marine Learning Center; Akiko Tsuzuki
    Coral Territory Wars: Educational program for teaching and learning about coral reef ecosystems and the impacts on it
    We developed a hands-on educational program “Coral Territory Wars” to teach and learn the influence of growth constraints on the coral reef ecosystem through simulating its changes across the ages. In this presentation, we introduce the background of this program’s development, the characteristics of the program’s design, the learning flow of the program, and implementations in various educational opportunities.
    All Audiences

  • Jennifer Kennedy, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation; Cynthia McInnis, Katie Pelon
    Booth in a Box: An innovative tool to educate about Right Whales
    The Year of the Right Whale is a project that protects North Atlantic right whales through celebration, education and action. The project consists of social media outreach, events and fundraising initiatives to engage the public in learning about right whales and supporting recovery efforts. A key strategy used in this campaign is the innovative “Booth in a Box.” This presentation will showcase the Booth in a Box and how it can be used in organizations.
    PreK - 5 Teachers (Elementary), 6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Government Agencies

  • Cristin Krasco, The Nature Conservancy
    The Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI): Advancing conservation through education, outreach, science, and stewardship across landscapes & generations
    The poster will highlight The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter's new program, the Center for Conservation Initiatives. The Center is dedicated to increasing outreach, education, training, and research across the Conservancy's four flagship preserves in Florida.
    College Instructors, Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Anne Smrcina, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
    STEM to STEAM: The beauty of biodiversity
    The ocean is filled with a diverse array of amazing creatures, and students have been demonstrating that in the annual marine art contest sponsored by Massachusetts Marine Educators and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We will look at how both art and science learning objectives can be approached by studying and drawing local marine species.
    All Audiences

  • Sandra Huynh, Grand Bay NERR with Dennis McGrury
    Conceptualizing Human Alteration and Natural Growth in Estuaries and Savannas (CHANGES): Year 1
    The Grand Bay NERR’s CHANGES program will support the development of environmental literacy and stewardship in future generations and supply direct exposure to the real-world work of natural resource managers using student-centered, field-based education. In this poster presentation, the NMEA audience will learn about the program, its progress within its first year, and the evaluation process in the curriculum development.
    9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Informal Educators, Resource Managers, Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Chuck Getter, Career Tech High School
    Using drones to monitor whale migration: A secondary school marine studies curriculum
    High school student pilots participated in Sea Grant shipboard programs acting as pilots and aerial photographers in support of NMFS licensed whale researcher, learning STEM concepts and CTE skills associated with aviation science, marine studies, and shipboard operations.
    6 - 8 Teachers (Middle School), 9 - 12 Teachers (High School), Researchers (scientific or educational), Government Agencies

  • Tsuyoshi Sasaki, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
    Current issues or challenges in marine education
    In order to carry out Aquatic Marine environmental education in regional and school education in Japan, a mechanism to promote outreach activities in specialized universities and other institutions is essential. However, the recruitment and placement of human resources to promote outreach activities are not sufficient. In this research, based on the activity policy of Philippine Association of Extension Program implementation, the question items for evaluating outreach activities were created and outreach activities were evaluated.
    All Audiences

  • Piper Bartlett-Browne, St. Thomas Aquinas
    Northern Chukchi Integrated Study: An observational research program evaluating changes in the Pacific Arctic ecosystem in response to sea ice declines and other climate related processes
    The approach is to undertake repeat sampling of specific locations that are biologically diverse or rich in production to detect change, and also to use the capabilities aboard the USCGC Healy to undertake process oriented experiments that address specific issues such as ocean acidification, changes in biological productivity and other areas of sampling that can be addressed by shipboard sampling and experimentation. They will be ship-based aboard the USCGC Healy in the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas.
    All Audiences