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Dive and Discover in the Gulf of Mexico

Join Dive and Discover’s online expedition as the deep-sea submersibles Alvin and Sentry explore the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico with scientists from Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Haverford College, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.   The website will offer daily posts from Alvin’s support ship, R/V Atlantis, that report on research at sea, life aboard ship, and news of what the scientists find each day.  Students can also delve deeper into topics related to life in the ocean and email questions to researchers on board.  The expedition starts December 6, 2010.  The website offers classroom activities, hot topics, and more.  http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/

Underwater Adventure Videos Available for Classroom Use

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World is an underwater adventure program that has been broadcast on more than 260 public television stations since May 2008. It is also available online at http://www.blueworldTV.com and via free podcasts through iTunes.  The shows have been used in the classroom to illustrate science topics; accompanying study guides for each segment were created with the intent that teachers could incorporate the show into science education. The shows are produced by Oceanic Research Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s oceans and marine life through education. ORG’s educational films have been used in the classroom since 1995.