Get WET – Completed

Goal: To train teachers in field-based, classroom-supported watershed education.

Details: Get WET trained and supported teachers to allow them to lead their own field experiences and follow-up activities for students. This facilitated longer-term meaningful watershed education experiences that did not rely on external expertise. The project served approximately 50 middle- and high-school teachers per year during the first two years; 110+ new teachers over 3 years; and, through them, approximately 4,700 students from across New England. The project ended on March 30, 2013.

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Components of the project included:

Employing a collaborative project structure

Get WET partner institutions generated greater impact than each could effect individually. Participating teachers benefited from each partner’s unique expertise; opportunities to work with peers from other states; and connections with regional marine educator networks.

2  Utilizing local field-based resources.

All partners were nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing ocean literacy, with experience teaching in and about the local ecosystem. Each partner institution worked with a local school system, and the project encompassed both urban and rural districts.

Capitalizing on existing education resources.

The project established formal connections with NOAA advisors and other New England BWET programs, providing deep sources of content and activities from which teacher-participants could draw.

4  Supporting participants’ continuing professional development.

Teacher-participants received funding to present at NMEA Chapter and National Conferences, and past participants were invited to present at subsequent Get WET trainings.

Useful links

What is an MWEE?

Get WET presentation

Professional Development

Educational Resources

 

“A
 very
 informative
 and 
interesting
 workshop. 
Made 
me 
appreciate 
the 
ocean
 environment
 more 
and
 understand
 a
 great
 deal
 about 
it.
 Also
 provided
 me
 with
 many
ways
 to 
make 
learning 
a 
more 
meaningful 
experience 
for 
my
 students ­more 
observation,
modeling, 
hands ­on 
experience 
and
 quiet
 reflection 
time.”
 
 
 
 
BOAT
CAMP 
Participant

Click here to download the Final Report 

For more information on Get WET: Billy Spitzer, New England Aquarium, bspitzer@neaq.org

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We gratefully acknowledge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education for supporting this project, under Grant No. NA10NMF4690132