Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Biomimicry Workshop for Informal Educators

 

Workshop for Informal Educators:
Biomimicry
New England Aquarium
February 27, 2015                        9am – 3:30pm

 
Join with other informal education professionals to explore Biomimicry – the process of emulating nature’s strategies. For 3.8 billion years plants, animals and microbes have been evolving and solving complex problems. Using an approach to innovation that seeks inspiration from nature, Biomimicry often looks to the ocean and marine animals. You are invited to join in exploring this fascinating topic and its potential in engaging a range of audiences through informal education.  This workshop will be an opportunity to learn from experts and practitioners on how Biomimicry can address some of the top environmental issues and how as informal educators we can inspire a new group of innovators to look towards nature to create sustainable solutions. 
 
This workshop, designed for and by informal educators, will include:
·        Keynote address by Sam Stier, Founding Director, Learning with Nature and former Director of Youth Education at Biomimicry 3.8. Sam will provide an introduction to biomimicry with an emphasis on the marine world followed by some examples of how it has been included in informal education for children.
·        Q&A with Sam Stier and group reflections on how Biomimicry can be used as a platform for informal education.
·        Planning and discussion groups based on topic areas the group identifies that will allow each educator to leave with one or more concrete ideas or activities to advance their work.
 
Offered by the New England Aquarium and Biomimicry New England
 

Cost:  FREE                                                              
Registration is required and space is limited
Register by Wednesday, February 25th
Please click on this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BiomimicryforIE

 
Please bring your own lunch or be prepared to purchase lunch from area vendors.
Driving, parking and public transportation information can be found here:  http://www.neaq.org/visit_planning/maps_directions_and_parking/index.php
Unfortunately we cannot offer free parking.  Public transportation is recommended.
Workshop will be held in the New England Aquarium’s Ocean Center.
 
Contact Rebekah Stendahl with questions: rstendahl@neaq.org, 617-973-6580

Educator Opportunity to Work with NNOCCI on Climate Change

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A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Fall 2014

For educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues.

 

Visit www.neaq.org/NNOCCI  or www.nnocci.org for more information and to apply.  

Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks.

 

Contact  jevanswilent@neaq.org for more information

 

 

About the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)

NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.  With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public.

 

What is a Study Circle?
A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences. They apply lessons learned to communications or educational opportunities in the context of their work environment through several cycles of development, practice, sharing and reflection. Visit www.nnocci.org for more information!

 

New England Aquarium Lecture Series

We’re looking forward to another exciting season of the Aquarium Lecture Series! Forage fish, oysters, cod and New England sharks are only a few of the amazing topics we’ll be covering this season.
Join us in our new home: the Simons IMAX Theatre!

The Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836. Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Harborside Learning Lab, unless otherwise noted below. Programs last approximately one hour followed by a reception.

New Season runs April 2nd to June 3rd, 2014.  Lecture schedule here

New England Aquarium Lecture Series

We’re looking forward to another exciting season of the Aquarium Lecture Series! Forage fish, oysters, cod and New England sharks are only a few of the amazing topics we’ll be covering this season.
Join us in our new home: the Simons IMAX Theatre!

The Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836. Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Harborside Learning Lab, unless otherwise noted below. Programs last approximately one hour followed by a reception.

New Season runs April 2nd to June 3rd, 2014.  Lecture schedule here

Registration now open for 2014 High School Marine Science Symposium on March 20

The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting a High School Marine Science Symposium since 1984. This event attracts hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues.  The event features both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers.

Building on the success and popularity of the event, which had been held at Umass-Dartmouth since 1993, MME decided to launch a North Shore event as well.  Held at Endicott College in Beverly, the first North Shore High School Marine Science Symposium was held in March of 2013. Between two events, last year MME reached over 500 high schoolers, 60 teachers, and engaged 35 marine-related professionals in this event, as well as numerous volunteers.

Both events run from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, March 20th, and the cost is $10 per student. Teachers and chaperones attend at no cost.  Registration is now open for the 2014 events. Click on the links below for more information: