University of Rhode Island marine scientists Gail Scowcroft and Christopher Knowlton, of the Office of Marine Programs, will teach the Fall 2009 semester course, Oceanography for Educators.
Oceanography for Educators is designed specifically for K-12 and informal science educators, and offers a breadth of information across the ocean science disciplines, including properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, coastal processes, and marine biodiversity. Discussions will include geologic and ecologic history of Rhode Island’s coastal environments. Saturday field sessions will cover Rhode Island’s four distinct coastal ecosystems with hands-on field activities. Projects include the development of inquiry-based activities for classroom use. The course will be held in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus. The seven classroom sessions begin on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 and will meet on Wednesday October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4 and 18 from 4 to 7:00 pm. As well as three Saturday field sessions, meeting October 3, 10, and 17 from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee for the course is $650 (an additional $175 fee must be paid separately to the URI College of Continuing Education if requesting credit). Registration through the URI Narragansett Bay Classroom is required, please call 401-874-6211; do not register through URI’s e-Campus. Purchase of a textbook is also required.