I hope the start of the school year has been going well for everyone. We have a lot of opportunities for this month including one I’ve been personally involved in and can’t recommend more; so, we’ll start with that one.
I participated over a year ago in the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) course and can’t say more than enough good things about it. Classroom teachers I’ll stop you right here though so I don’t waste any more of your time; unfortunately, this is a program for informal education institutions, so you may as well skip to the following items which will apply to you.
As for the rest of you that are still with me this program not only gave me great information on climate change research but even more invaluable were the tools it gave to help share this information with others in a way that is easier to understand and accept. These tools, strategic framing, are not just for climate change either and helped me to reevaluate how I present all my programs. Not only do you get all this great information but it is also all expenses paid for travel to the trainings (there are three of them) and even better your institution gets a $3000 stipend just for your participation. The study circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications, and cultural sciences. It is intended for pairs of staff members from informal learning centers such as zoos, aquariums, science centers, National Parks, natural preserves, and other institutions that are or want to incorporate climate education into their facility. If you have any other questions about it don’t hesitate to contact me but let me cut to the chase and tell you how to sign up for this great opportunity. Visit www.neaq.org/NNOCCI or www.nnocci.org for more information and to apply. Applications are due by September 19, so don’t delay. Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
So now one just for classroom teachers since I left you out of the previous post. Though it might not be directly marine science it can definitely be correlated.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering multiple $250 mini-grants to certified Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-K to 12th grade levels for the 2014-15 school year. The grants will be awarded for up to $250 for original and creative activities or programs that increase the understanding of agriculture among both students and educators.
“Agriculture has no subject boundaries,” said Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Coordinator Michael Rogalsky. “We encourage teachers to think outside the box when integrating agriculture into their curriculum. Subject areas such as social studies, math, language arts and science are all important to agriculture and teachers that build agriculture into these subjects are encouraged to apply for the grant.”
Grant applications are due Oct. 1. Recipients of the grant will be notified no later than Nov. 15 via email. Educators can apply for the grant by visiting http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/programs/teacher_mini_grants.
Joint Regional Outing
Interested in making a trip to the west coast? The North Region has an outing planned that is open to any FMSEA members. Join us on September 13th, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 12646 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL for a multi-regional outing.
We will be snorkeling in the gin-clear waters of the Gulf through outstanding seagrass meadows, sponge beds, and hardbottom areas. Lunch will be provided. Please bring the following items: bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, hat, reusable water bottle, mask, fin, snorkel (*Snorkel vests will be provided). Sign up today, there are 25 spots!
Check out the Marine Science Station at www.citrus.k12.fl.us/mss
Questions? Email Ernie Olsen at OlsenE@citrus.k12.fl.us
To RSVP use the following link and fill out the Google form here. Also, if you would be interested in a van pool to the outing please email me at email@example.com and I’ll see about arranging one if we have enough interest.
We hope to see you there!
Fish in Your Classroom
Ever wanted to collect fish to use for education? There are two aquatic species collection workshops coming up that will give you the FWC permit to do just that. There is one in our region in Volusia County on September 10, and one just outside of it in Polk County on October 5, and I’m teaching both of them. The cost is $25 and the certificate is good for 3 years. For more information and to register click the links above.
There are several Florida Master Naturalist Programs going on in our region this fall. Just click on the links below to get more information on each class and to register.
Budding Film Makers
The aim of the Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples film festival and competition is to engage K-12 students in marine science education, and to highlight the importance of scientific research related to ocean and coastal communities. Educators and students are challenged to incorporate film into their curriculum by adopting a hands-on approach to marine science education using 21st century technology. This years festival is open for submissions. Last year’s winners received cash prizes (up to $200) and this year we are excited to announce our partnership with Scuba Pro who has generously donated snorkel gear for the winners. Students should submit short films (< 5 minutes) on any marine science topic of their choice. The deadline for submission is December 5, 2014. Guidelines and rules can be found at http://www.beneaththewavesfilmfest.org/youth-making-ripples/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Focus on Water
The Barrier Island Center has many programs focusing on their topic this month “Restoring Our Waters’ Quality“. Check out the whole list of events for September here.
International Coastal Cleanup
The annual International Coastal Cleanup is September 20, 2014, but events are scheduled at different times in many locations. It is the largest volunteer effort for the ocean and waterways. Sign up, search for a cleanup near you, download debris reports, and more. http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/ For the ones in Brevard County check out the flyer here.
Get Kids Outside,
For those teachers who are having trouble getting funding for field trips, or informal institutions who have seen your programs attendance dropping for the same reason, check out the following grant to help fund field trips.
The Target Field Trip Grants Program allows teachers to offer valuable experiential learning gained from field trips to enhance students’ classroom studies. Funds may be used to cover cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and equipment, and resource materials. The deadline for application is September 30, 2014. https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants
Art with Wyland
The theme of the 2014 Wyland National Mural and Art Challenge is Ocean. Wyland Foundation and partners will provide grants of art supplies to K-12 schools in 100 cities for the challenge, so register early. The deadline for entry is November 25, 2014. http://www.wylandfoundation.org/artchallenge/
Wild About Whales
The University of Florida hosts a fourth grade cetacean/right whale curriculum, developed in cooperation with NOAA Fisheries and Sea Grant. Be sure to check out the rest of the education resource links, including a manatee curriculum and more. http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/sea/rightwhalecurriculum.html
Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014
From August 9-August 30, 2014, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a mapping expedition in the North Atlantic in Veatch Canyon and along the New England Seamount chain. From September 4-October 7, 2014, scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will explore the diversity of benthic habitats and features in this region. Read about the August mission and check back for upcoming details about the upcoming expedition. http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/explorations.html
What’s that Bird
Have you been in the field and wondered what bird you were looking at. Cornell Lab is now here to help. The Merlin Bird ID app for iOS7 and Android OS4 devices is available for free from the Cornell Lab. It asks five simple questions about the bird seen and then gives a short list of the most likely possibilities. The app currently covers 400 species, and has 2,000 photos and 1,000 songs and calls to help you confirm your ID. Just one warning though, it is a 605 MB app so make sure you have room on your device before installing. http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/download/
Water Water Everywhere
World Water Monitoring Day is September 18, 2014. Join Philippe Cousteau Jr. and EarthEcho as they kick off the World Water Monitoring Challenge. Students can interact with Philippe and youth from South America as they demonstrate how to conduct water testing and discuss the importance of water around the globe through a World Water Monitoring Day Hangout. Order low-cost monitoring kits, check out the educator resources, sign up for the hangout, and more. http://earthecho.org/news/HOA-091814