Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sea Grant Education Impacts

  • MIT Sea Grant’s Ocean Engineering Experience summer program introduces high school students to open ended problem solving, design, and fabrication. Credit: MIT Sea GrantMIT Sea Grant’s Ocean Engineering Experience summer academic program (pictured right) continued to give participating 11th and 12th grade students a two-week opportunity to gain in-depth experience in the field of ocean engineering through hands-on design and fabrication experiences while aiming to solve a real world engineering challenge. 
  • Ohio Sea Grant’s Stone Lab offered a total of 3,374 students the chance to be a scientist for a day, participating in activities such as fish trawling and seining, fish identification and dissection, plankton identification, water quality monitoring and much more to show them real-world science applications outside the classroom. 
  • USC Sea Grant partnered with University of Florida to obtain funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Service to produce two children’s books, two videos and associated curriculum to educate over 700 educators and students about preventing the introduction of aquatic species through the release of pets and/or classroom organisms.
  • Florida Sea Grant researchers and aquaculture specialists and partners developed a standardized aquaculture curriculum that instructors can use to teach science, math, and vocational skills through hands-on experiences. In 2012 more than 110 students in 22 schools have helped to construct recirculating aquaculture systems as an educational tool.
  • Teams of teachers meet and develop a workshop. Credit: Connecticut Sea GrantConnecticut Sea Grant from 2002 to 2013, the Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher Program has helped 366 peers incorporate Long Island Sound content into existing curricula, to the benefit of more than 17,000 K-12 students in Connecticut and New York (pictured right). 
  • New Hampshire Sea Grant trained volunteers in marine education, providing over $145,000 worth of services to marine education centers in the state.
  • Oregon Sea Grant faculty and affiliates have instituted M.S. and Ph.D. programs in free-choice learning. More than 30 advanced-degree graduates now work in universities, museums, zoos, aquariums, and state and federal agencies to bring research-based decision making to the field of informal ocean science education. A $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant was awarded for their Free-Choice Learning Lab at Hatfield Marine Science Center
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