Summer Professional Development Workshop at the New England Aquarium

Climate Science and the Oceans
For 6th – 12th grade teachers
Dates: Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Follow up meeting date to be decided during summer session.

Credit: 3 graduate credits or 67.5 PDPs for 36 hours of contact time
Credit offered through Framingham State College and Cambridge College for additional cost

Location:
New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Instructors:
Pat Harcourt—Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,
Jayshree Oberoi—New England Aquarium
Nicole Scola—New England Aquarium
Additional guest experts

Cost of the workshop: $150 (cost for the graduate credits not included)

For registration information, email trc@neaq.org or call 617-973-6590

Course Description:
Climate change is among the most important scientific issues of our time. There is an intricate relationship between climate system and ecosystems. We will focus particularly on ocean ecosystems and consider rising sea levels and melting ice caps as indicators of a changing climate. We will also consider ocean acidification as a related topic with implications for marine life and systems. Climate change and acidification of the world’s oceans are relevant topics for today’s students to learn important concepts in science and applied math. We will also examine topics in renewable energy topics that can help students learn about technology, engineering and design as skills to help create solutions to major challenges in the world.

This course will explicitly align topics and contents with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. We will integrate math, science and technology, using practical hands-on lessons as well as facilitating ideas for additional hands-on learning for students. Within the broad ocean system, we will utilize New England coastal ecosystems as local representatives of the impacts of climate change. We think that focusing on local environments and habitats can help students to make more personal meaning from their lessons and connect their learning with ways that land, sea and atmosphere interact with and affect water, marshes, birds, fish and shellfish.

Participating teachers will practice with hands-on learning activities as well as hearing from expert presenters and collect resources to teach about climate science, coastal systems, and renewable energy. We’ll sort out climate fact from fiction, study effects of climate change on oceans, collect data and design investigations for students. Participants will leave with lesson plans they can use with their students and a resource CD as well as a network of colleagues for mutual support.

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