July 2017 Southeast Regional Update

by Veronica on 2017/07/13

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July 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members!

Below is the July Regional Update.  Please let me know if you have any questions – happy to help in any possible way!




July 2017 Southeast Regional Update

  1. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – NOAA

NGSS District Implementation Workbook
The Next Generation Science Standards District Implementation Workbook aims to help district leaders improve science education for students in their schools and communities.  The workbook generalizes the issues and challenges associated with implementation and outlines key questions, timelines, decisions, and considerations for leaders.  Be sure to check out the other materials available on the website.

Safeguarding California Plan
Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update – California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy, serves as a roadmap of concrete actions and recommendations to proactively prepare the state for climate change.  It is divided into topic chapters, including oceans and coastal resources and ecosystems; emergency management; and more.

Safeguarding California

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is a nonprofit with a goal of bringing science, exploration, adventure, and conservation into classrooms through virtual guest speakers and field trips.  They provide lessons related to science, conservation, and more; free registration is required.  Google Hangouts are offered live and archived through YouTube.  Full day events have included Exploring Oceans 2017, Celebrating Biodiversity, and more.  Check this out.

New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and partners have launched the $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.  The initiative calls for innovators to create packaging that keeps plastics out of the ocean.  There will be a live webinar June 27, 2017.

CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) is an environmental education and engaged scholarship program from Penn State University.  The program includes international field courses and free, online research modules for high school science and undergraduate students.  The modules feature a student-as-researcher approach through student manipulation of data contributed by scientists who are currently investigating the conservation topic at hand.  Topics include climate change, sea turtles, and more.

Call for Papers
The NSTA journal, Connected Science Learning, has two upcoming special issues with calls for papers:  STEM Learning in Environmental Settings, and STEM Learning Through Citizen Science Experiences.  The deadlines for submission are, respectively,
July 15, 2017 and September 15, 2017.

NOSB Question Writers Needed
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl® is looking for science question writers for the 2018 competitions.  The deadline for application is July 14, 2017.

Question Writers

Seeking Contributions to Cetacean Junior Naturalist Program
Dr. Wendy Marshall of Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest seeks contributors to a crowd-source curriculum for junior cetacean naturalists.  She seeks to co-construct the curriculum with ocean enthusiasts, naturalists, researchers, professors, and other who will share content related to a specific, self-selected topic.

American Honda Foundation Grants
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education, and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.  The deadline for application August 1, 2017.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants to school and community groups to support hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12.  The objective of the foundation is to encourage innovative programs that empower youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.  The next deadline for application is September 30, 2017..

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Grant
The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation offers grants for Environment & Health, Music, and Education.  There is a preference for funding California based groups.  The deadline for application is August 1, 2017.


Darker Skies, Darker Beaches – Florida
The Sea Turtle Conservancy and partners offer the traveling trunk program, Darker Skies, Darker Beaches.  The program offers a four-lesson classroom module that teaches students the impacts of lighting, sea turtle biology, and more.  The lessons are included along with supplies in a ready-made traveling trunk that will be lent out to local teachers at no cost.  They are looking for five Florida organizations to partner with to expand the reach of this program.  The deadline for application is June 30, 2017.

Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants
Youth, ages 5-18, who volunteer to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger can apply for one of 250 Disney Summer of Service grants to create a project or expand their impact throughout the rest of the year.  The deadline for application is September 30, 2017.

Entomological Foundation Science Fair Project Idea Competition
The Entomological Foundation is creating a national list of science fair project ideas that use insects and arthropods as their primary subject.  To build the website, they run an annual science fair contest that seeks to identify the best science project ideas for students, teachers, and families.  The deadline for submission is August 31, 2017.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program
The NSF seeks proposals for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program.  The program is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce.  See the website for complete details.  The deadline for the letter of intent for the first opportunity (Research Infusion) is July 25, 2017.

MPAs Over the Finish Line
Waitt Foundation has launched a Request for Proposal for MPAs Over the Finish Line, an initiative which aims to identify marine protected area projects where 6 to 12 months of additional, targeted funding will result in legally-binding MPAs that have the political and social support necessary for implementation success.  The deadline for application is September 8, 2017.

Request for Proposals

NEA Foundation Grants
The National Education Association Foundation awards grants to NEA members to enhance teaching and learning through Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants.  The next deadline for application is October 15, 2017.

SCRFA Student Award
A Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations Student Travel Award is available for a student working on fish aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, or tropical east Pacific Ocean to attend the GCFI in Merida, Mexico (see below).

Where on Earth?
Become a geographical detective and solve the latest mystery quiz from NASA’s MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer) instrument on board the Terra satellite.  The quiz asks nine multiple-choice questions (one question for each of MISR’s nine cameras) about the area seen in the mystery image.  Submit your answer to be eligible for a prize; the deadline for entry is June 28, 2017.

National Coral Reef Management Fellowships
The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program is recruiting for seven two-year Coral Reef Management Fellowship positions in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawai’i, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, with a January 2018 start date.  The deadline for application is July 11, 2017.

Residency for Scientists/Ecologists
PLAYA is an Oregon retreat for individuals who will benefit from time spent in a remote location.  Residencies of two and four weeks are offered in this remote location for scientists and artists. The deadline for application is September 1, 2017.

Bringing Finance and Conservation Together – Online
The EBM Tools Network and partners will host a webinar on Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, July 25, 2017.  Free registration is required.

Citizen Science Webinar – Online
The next installment of NAAEE’s free monthly webinar series, Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE, July 25, 2017, is People-Powered Movements: Using Citizen Science to Change the World.  Be sure to submit your questions in advance.  Check out the series archive, with Isn’t it Spatial, Wild Contagious Hope, and more.

Corals in the Classroom – Baltimore
The National Aquarium and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation invite formal and informal middle and high school educators to Corals in the Classroom, a free, two part professional development workshop.  Participants will gain access to the foundation’s Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum.  Part 2 of the workshop, August 22, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, will focus on the current state of coral reefs and the threats they are facing.  The deadline for registration is June 28, 2017.

Workshops & Seminars

DataStreme Courses – Various
The American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Project is an expenses-paid professional development program for in-service K-12 educators.  Graduate-level courses in meteorology, oceanography, and climate science are offered by Local Implementation Teams across the country.  The fall course starts August 21, 2017 and runs through November; sign up as soon as possible for materials to arrive in time.  Those with no Local Implementation Teams can be accommodated through distant learning connections.  See the website for complete information.

Effects of Climate Change on The World’s Oceans
Hurry – the call for submission to the 4th International Symposium on The Effects of Climate Change on The World’s Oceans, June 4-8, 2018 in Washington D.C. has been extended to June 23, 2017.

EMBARC Program – California
Reef Check Foundation’s Educational Marine Biology Adventures with Reef Check (EMBARC) is an educational program conducted at Reef Check Foundation Headquarters in Marina del Rey, California.  It is focused on teaching students of all ages about marine ecosystems and how to carry out scientific investigations of the coastal waters surrounding Los Angeles.  The program gives students the chance to become a marine biologist for the day and to carry out scientific tests in the marina and out in the open ocean.  The program is free for Title I Los Angeles County schools.
Contact Katie Kozma at kkozma@reefcheck.org

Emerging Technologies Workshop  – Maryland
The theme of NOAA’s Emerging Technologies Workshop, August 22-23, 2017 in  College Park, Maryland, is Technology toward a Mission-effective, Integrated, Adaptable, and Affordable Observation Portfolio.  The workshop will bring together NOAA researchers, analysts, and practitioners of systems – both traditional and nontraditional; both remote sensing and in situ – across oceans, atmosphere, terrestrial, and space.  Free registration is required.

GCFI Conference
The 70th annual conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute will be held November 6-10, 2017 in Merida, Mexico.  The theme of the conference is Towards the Sustainability of Tropical Fisheries Strategies, Models and Tools.  The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017.  Financial aid may be available – check the website for details.  The conference website will open July 1, 2017.

Introduction to Citizen Science: Explorations in Educational Settings – Online
This professional development course from the Chicago Botanic Garden, July 11-August 11, 2017, provides an overview of citizen science.  Participants explore five well-known programs, learn how to participate, and design educational activities to engage learners in making observations.

Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series – Online
The FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Program presents a free monthly webinar series.  Upcoming topics include wildfire protection plans, developing a mitigation strategy, incorporating climate adaptation into mitigation planning, and more. The website links to the webinar schedule, registration, and archived recordings and materials.

NAAEE Annual Conference and Research Symposium
The North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference 2017, Imagine a World, will take place October 18-21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the 14th Annual Research Symposium, October 17-18, 2017.  Registration is now open.

Ocean MOOC – Online
This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offers a broad overview of the ocean.  Marine scientists team with economists, lawyers, and philosophers to bring a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship.  Modules include marine ecosystems, marine life and minerals, and more.  Though the course started June 14, 2017, it will be possible to catch up.

Ocean Exploration Workshop – Illinois
NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Program and partners offer Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA Professional Development Workshops for Educators.  Participants will receive classroom-ready lessons, certificates of participation, and other resources.  Contact the noted educator or check out the website for registration and more information.
•    September 9, 2017 with the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.  The deadline for registration is August 19, 2017.  Contact Laura Lytle at llytle@sheddaquarium.org

Urban Bird Treaty Program – Online
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center offers this free webinar, July 13, 2017 from 2-3pm ET.  Topics will include activities, programs, and tools to engage participants in bird-related activities for conservation and knowledge.
Contact Michelle Donolan at michelle_donlan@fws.gov

Antarctic Dispatches
The New York Times published Antarctic Dispatches, a three-part multimedia series with reporting accompanied by animated maps, photography, and four virtual reality films.  The team traveled to Antarctica in late 2016 and visited the McMurdo Station on Ross Island.

Biodiversity Course – Online
The California Academy of Sciences partnered with Khan Academy to develop this free course on biodiversity.  Participants will learn what biodiversity is, where it’s found, and much more.

The free CanVis tool offers coastal managers the opportunity to visualize future changes related to sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding.  The software can visualize possible future changes to ecosystems and the built environment, and evaluate the visual impact of options for protecting homes, businesses, and recreational spaces.

Climate Change Curriculum
Stanford University offers this Climate Change Curriculum for both middle and high school.   This curriculum integrates concepts from the earth, life, and physical sciences as well as current data on climate systems to help students understand the phenomena of climate change, the justification for these phenomena, and why these phenomena are both scientifically and socially important.  The curriculum has been divided into multi-day lesson plans for a total of 17 days of instruction.

Climate-Informed Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Guide
The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change and is intended to help build a community of practice.  The purpose of CAKE’s Climate-Informed Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Guide is not to recommend another planning framework, but instead to provide guidance that can be used with any coastal and marine plans regardless of the process used.

Corals of Chagos
The Chagos Information Portal offers information about the Chagos Archipelago, a large marine protected area in the Indian Ocean.  The website offers background information, multimedia, and much more.  Two image galleries, Birds of Chagos and Corals of Chagos, document some of the biodiversity found there.  The brief videos offer incredibly clear underwater visions of reef life.

Gulf of Mexico Science Modules
ECOGIG (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) is a consortium which brings together physical oceanographers, marine biologists, and biogeochemists from 15 research institutions in an effort to understand the fate and impacts oil and gas on deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, and to chart the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery.  While math and science curriculum materials are still being developed, several multi-day modules for middle school are available upon request, including the Oil Spill Challenge, Earthquake Challenge, and more.  Be sure to check out the multimedia, cruise blogs, and more.

How Whales Change Climate
Trophic cascades are critical to sustaining the living system of the ocean.  This short YouTube video from Sustainable Human TV offers a simplified cascade linking whales to climate.

Ice and Sky
Ice and Sky is an interactive website about the history of glaciological research in Antarctica, and the history of climate change.  The program offers downloadable educational booklets, videos, and more.  Teachers can create and publish their own lessons under different themes (oceans, coral, and more) or on their own.

In-situ Microscope of Plankton and Particulates
The online Ocean News and Technology includes an article on the Continuous Plankton Imaging and Classification System, an In-situ microscope which provides continuous time-series of plankton and particulates.  It is providing automated measurements of plankton biodiversity on long-term observing systems.

Is that true?
In this activity hosted on Teach The Earth, students explore whether statements made by the news and media on climate change-related issues are true.  Examples are provided for Antarctic sea ice and hurricane intensity, but the activity could be extended to other topics as well.

Keep Cool
The Planet Protector Academy is a suite of classroom programs that teach elementary students about environmental issues, facilitated by a plug & play website.  The Keep Cool climate change module, currently available for free use in U.S. schools, supports curriculum standards for grades 3-5.

KEEP COOL comes to the United States!

Maker education, the art of taking raw materials and creating new things from the materials using imagination, provides opportunities for students to open their minds and develop new skill sets.  K–12 teachers can access articles, videos, and more, with discussions about funding, designing, and more.  Be sure to also check out the Christian Science Monitor article.

Marine Biology Course
Mark Friedman has posted links to COSEE-West’s 9th and 10th grade course and the complete honors Marine biology course to that same linkage.

Marine Spatial Planning in a Nutshell
Check out this short YouTube video describing marine spatial planning.

Natural Inquirer: Scientist Cards  
The Natural Inquirer offers Scientist Card Series highlighting more than 160 scientists. Each card is organized by category, including wildlife, weather & mapping, and much more.  Cards can be downloaded and printed for free, or ordered from the website. There are also two lesson plans available.

Nautilus Live
The 2017 Nautilus Expedition will explore the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  From May to November, Nautilus will document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, to Baja California, Mexico.  Follow along with Seafloor Mapping, June 24-July 4, 2017, followed by a visit to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, down to Cordell Bank, and southward.

Ocean Data Portal Discussion
The June 2017 issue of MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management) features perspectives about developing ocean and coastal web atlases and data portals.  Discussion covers how to scope ocean and coastal data collection so the planning/management process can move on to next steps, prioritization, what data to include and how much, and more.

Ocean Frontiers Film Series
Green Fire Productions produces films on conservation and sustainability issues and makes them available for viewing through video clips or other means.  The films tell the stories of people finding solutions to environmental challenges they face on land and at sea.  They currently offer four films for free hosting, along with a list of upcoming screenings.

AWARD-WINNING FILM SERIES: A new way of thinking, a new way of living, in concert with the sea, in consideration of those yet to come.

Octopods and Squids
The Smithsonian Science webcast, Deep Ocean Discovery – Octopods and Squids is archived.  The website also links to teacher resources through Q?rius, along with information about assessment design and standards.  The teacher resource pages link to webcasts, lessons, activities, and much more.

Open Door
The Open Door Web Site is designed for teachers and students ages 9-17.  It features online textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and more.  Biology chapters include Climates and Biomes, The Environment, and more while Physics includes Measurements.  There’s also history, math, and much more.

Return to the Moat of Death
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2017 expeditions are helping to investigate and map vulnerable marine habitats, as well as deep-sea geologic features such as the young, active volcano named Vailulu’u off American Samoa that is undergoing rapid growth.  As part of the Seamounts Theme Page, this lesson has students examine how geological, biological, and oceanographic processes are involved with habitats observed on Vailulu’u seamount, including time and spatial scales over which these processes operate.

SciShow is a series of science-related videos on YouTube.  Scientific fields covered include biology, meteorology, and much more.  A spin-off for younger students, SciShow Kids, is aimed at elementary school learners and often feature hands-on activities.

Splash and Bubbles
Splash and Bubbles is a children’s cartoon television series from PBS Kids.  Through character-driven comedy, Splash and Bubbles allows teachers to explore concepts unique to the oceans like currents, ocean zones and tides, as well as broader life sciences concepts including adaptation, diversity, camouflage, and migration.  Each episode also includes a documentary segment featuring kids asking questions.  The website links to video episodes along with some games and activities.

Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities Expedition
Join a team of U.S. and Canadian scientists for the expedition, Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities, as they explore deep-sea coral habitats in the Gulf of Maine, June 8-June 27, 2017, and archived thereafter.  They will explore canyons and deep-sea coral communities in the Gulf of Maine in water depths ranging from 200-3000 meters, collect data to characterize seafloor habitats, identify regions thought to be coral hotspots, and more.

Understanding Sea Level
Understanding Sea Level is a Data in the Classroom lesson set investigating changing sea level in a scaled sequence of five lessons for grades 6-8.  Students use NOAA’s on-line interactive tool to collect, analyze, and interpret real sea level data from satellites and coastal stations, and then apply this information to explore Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.

Unpaywall is an extension available for Chrome and Firefox which allows access to some published pre-publication research journal articles uploaded by their authors.

Using Data to Teach the Ocean System
Teach the Earth offers this collection of websites with data-rich resources that can be used for developing teaching materials.  The links can be further refined by subject, data source (observational, real-time data, model data), and more.  Explore topography, phytoplankton blooms, and much more.

Young Professionals Listserv
The National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeader’s listserv for young professionals in the conservation field offers monthly bulletins spotlighting young professionals in the field, events, job listings, and more.  Free registration is required.
Contact cochranc@nwf.org.

Yeggi is a search engine for printable 3D models.  Most of the designs are free to download and use, especially for educational purposes.

California Coastweeks
California Coastweeks, September 16-October 8, 2017, is an annual celebration of coastal and water resources, kicked off by California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Submit your event.

Great Annual Fish Count
The 16th annual Great Annual Fish Count is coordinated by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF); it mobilizes and trains volunteer divers and snorkelers in established methodologies to identify and document fish diversity and population trends in marine ecosystems.  Some states hold large fish count events each year.  Check fishcount.com to register your event or find local events.

Join the New England Aquarium Dive Club for their 16th Annual Great Annual Fish Count celebration, July 22, 2017 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Divers and snorkelers can count fish and invertebrates to help scientists (and win prizes).  See the website for details and free registration.

Summer of Service
Check out these 20 different ideas for Summer of Service projects from Youth Service America.  Ideas include Every Kid in a Park, StoryCorps, and more.  Be sure to check out the Disney Be Inspired grants, above.

Summer of Service

Washington Post   
While following news about climate change and educational reforms, you may have encountered paywalls that limit your access to online newspapers.  If you have Amazon Prime or an .edu, .gov or .mil email, you can sign up for a free digital subscription to The Washington Post.  Check out how, in this article from Money.


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