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  1. 1. SEA GRANT EDUCATION NEWS – “BACK TO SCHOOL”EDITION OF SEA GRANT NEWS & NOTES(PRWEB) August 31, 2002SEA GRANT EDUCATION AND LEARNING UPDATES –” BACK TO SCHOOL” EDITION OF SEA GRANT UPDATES & NOTESAugust 30, 2002NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program brings sophisticated seaside science into termsthat a primary student or typical homeowner understands. Sea Grant programs have literallytaken the shore and seaside science subjects to the general public. These efforts have reachednot only coastal states, however also societies across the country with a variety of publications,video and radio documentaries, educational program, workshops, shows, Internet site andspecial jobs. This special edition of Sea Grant News & Notes presents a small sampling fromthe hundreds of Sea Grant academic programs around the country.Massachusetts:ADOPT-A-BOAT LINKS COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS TO CLASSROOMSDelaware:” PURPOSE TO THE ABYSS,” A VIRTUAL FIELD JOURNEY SET TO CHECK OUT THEOCEAN FLOORINGCalifornia: 1 / 10
  3. 3. SAILING VOYAGE LETS LAKE ERIE STUDENTS “REDISCOVER” THEIR ENVIRONMENTIllinois-Indiana:KIDS CAN “MAKE A GETAWAY” WITH THIS EDUCATIONAL DEVICEADOPT-A-BOAT LINKS COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS TO CLASSROOMSA collective project between the fishing industry and educators makes use of commercial fishingboats as a car for training students about marine resource utilization, marine ecology and life asa fisherman. The project, moneyed by the Northeast Consortium, reveals K-12 pupils the valueof the commercial fishing market to seaside communities. Last year, the job began withcollaborations between 8 vessels and ten classrooms from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermontand Massachusetts. This academic year, the goal is to expand to 100 collaborations acrossNew England. The partnerships commonly feature both course and boat check outs, howeverjob planner MIT Sea Grant offers technology where suitable to bridge the distance between theschools and the boats. Telemetered information, video exchanges, in addition to e-mailsbetween pupils and fishermen are utilized. All costs incurred by fishermen and classrooms inaddition to the communications equipment are paid for by the Adopt-a-Boat program.See for even more information.CONTACT: High cliff Goudey, MIT Sea Grant Extension Leader, Center for FisheriesEngineering Research, (O) 617-253-7079, E-mail:Brandy Moran, MIT Sea Grant K-12 Education Organizer,( O) 617-253-5944, Email: 3 / 10
  4. 4. ” MISSION TO THE ABYSS,” A VIRTUAL FIELD TRAVEL SET TO SEE THE OCEAN FLOORThis October, hundreds of pupils will certainly take a virtual industry trip to see scientistsendeavor into the ocean’s depths. “Severe 2002: Mission to the Abyss” will enable pupils andteachers to follow the action as University of Delaware researcher Craig Cary checks outhydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean. Cary and his team will study the vents and the animalsthat inhabit them, including the Pompeii worm. The fleecy, four-inch worm is among the “mostpopular” pets on the planet, as it can withstand temperatures of up to 176 degrees F.Researchers will certainly make use of the submersible ALVIN and research vessel ATLANTISto do their work. As component of the National Science Foundation study, Delaware Sea Grantis assisting to sponsor classroom materials that will certainly permit pupils and teachers to takepart in the action. While the research team explores, students can easily tune in to aninteractive site that will certainly be updated daily throughout the 24-day voyage. More than 450schools from throughout the USA and several other countries will certainly use the offeredresource guides, course of study and video about the deep sea to guide them with Cary’sexploration. A select team of classrooms will have the opportunity to take part in a liveteleconference with the scientists as they perform study in ALVIN on the seafloor.For even more details, go to: Tracey Bryant, University of Delaware Sea Grant, Marine Public EducationWorkplace, (O) 302-831-8185, E-mail:; Craig Cary, Delaware Sea GrantResearcher, Associate Professor of Marine Biology-Biochemistry, University of Delaware, (O)302 – 645-4078, Email: caryc@udel.eduPARENT KID EDUCATION AND LEARNING SEEKS INNER CITY UNDERSTANDING OFSHORE, ENVIRONMENTThe University of Southern California Sea Grant Moms and dad Youngster Education andlearning Program (PCEP) is aimed at making basic science concepts approachable and fun forparent and youngster together along with establishing a sense of environmental stewardship,independent reasoning and imaginative expression with positive action. The Parent ChildEducation and learning Program is based at an inner city school and individuals are mostlyLatino and African-American. As a group, moms and dad and child go to a short course inmarine/environmental science which concentrates on the urban / ocean connection in regardsto the Santa Monica Bay. They participate in a field travel to a fish tank and beach websites aswell as onboard a study vessel. Understanding is integrated with their culminating job, a science 4 / 10
  5. 5. symposium/poster session, which occurs during their Awards Evening.Begun as a pilot project in 1999, the program has expanded to include 10 schools throughoutthe 2002-2003 year. Numerous of its participants have actually never ever been to the beach orseen the ocean and have no understanding of just how their actions can easily impact themarine environment. Through the impressive PCEP discovering procedure, the parent-childgroups gain an elementary understanding of science and establish an enhanced regard andsense of duty associating with neighborhood marine ecological concerns. In addition toachieving an increased understanding of environmental stewardship, the PCEP introducesefficient interaction methods, starts ideas of new and amazing future profession paths in themarine, health, or social science employment fields, and cultivates a lifelong interest in scienceand quality of self, family members, and home.CONTACT: Lynn Whitley, Education and learning Planner, USC Sea Grant, (O) 213-740-1964,E-mail: lwhitley@usc.eduLEARN ABOUT BRAIN-EATING SEA SQUIRTS AND EVEN MORE AT HAWAII’SENJOYABLE WEBSITEInteresting and helpful information abounds on Hawaii Sea Grant’s award-winning Sea Squirtsite. First, visitors find out that “after locating an ideal rock or location to call house, juvenile redsea squirts no longer need their minds, so they consume them.” Look further into the website,and Sea Squirt offers resources for youngsters and instructors alike. On one web page, Shakathe shark doles out help for kids visiting the beach. “Do not stand on reef,” and “Usage therestroom, not the ocean,” are two of his points. Downloads consist of a marine activityworkbook, numerous coloring and task publications and marine life icons for your computer.Links for instructors, kids and parents, a quiz to examination understanding of Hawaiian sea lifeand a virtual aquarium are more functions on the website. To check out the Sea Squirt site: Priscilla Billig, Hawaii Sea Grant Communicator, (O) 808-956-7410, 5 / 10
  6. 6. THE CASE OF THE WET INVADERSOregon Sea Grant education and learning experts, along with Sea Grant programs in Californiaand Washington and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Solution, want West Coast citizens to be on thelookout for aquatic intrusive types like zebra mussels, European green crabs, smooth cord turfand Chinese mitten crabs. To achieve their goal, the team is producing Aquatic Nuisance TypesEducation Boxes that can travel to middle and high school teachers throughout the PacificNorthwest. The project is based on effective instructional tools utilized in the Midwest, such asMinnesota Sea Grant’s “Unique Aquatics” trunk and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s “ZebraMussel Mania” taking a trip trunk. The trunks will supply instructors with educational programand tasks for incorporating aquatic intrusive species into their science lesson schemes.Composed products, slides, video and specimens will certainly all belong to the effort to teachyoung people what to search for when they check out a lake, beach or river. When mindful ofthe hazards intrusive species pose, pupils and the basic public can use their knowledge to helpraise awareness and foster preventive actions throughout their neighborhoods.CONTACT: Paul Heimowitz, Aquatic Ecological community Health Teacher, Oregon Sea GrantExtension, (O) 503-722-6718, Email: paul.heimowitz@orst.eduSTEWARDSHIP TAKES ROOT AS LOUISIANA STUDENTS INTENTION TO SAVE COASTALWETLANDSStudents in southern Louisiana are taking a hands-on technique to saving their seasidewetlands. Up to 30 square miles of coastal land are lost every year in the state. With LouisianaSea Grant’s Coastal Roots Program, middle and senior high school students are using a mix ofscience and math skills to assist restore important land and habitat in their very own state andreveal the relevance of taking responsibility for the environment. They are raising waxmyrtle,baldcypress and black mangrove trees and then growing them in the steadily decliningwetlands. Initially, students plant seeds of native trees in school nurseries. The next year’sclass transplants the seedlings to bigger pots and then plants them in the marsh. Many schoolshave actually constructed outside irrigation systems and cool frames to protect the plants duringsummer season and wintertime months. When planted in the marsh, the seedlings avoiderosion from swamping rains and restore damaged wildlife habitat. To learn more, seehttp://lamer.lsu.eduCONTACT: Pamela Blanchard, Louisiana Sea Grant Education and learning Coordinator, (O)225-578-1558, E-mail: 6 / 10
  7. 7. BEETLE MANIA IN MICHIGANIn Michigan class, students are encouraged to raise beetles on windowsills. The beetles, atypes known as Galerucella, are expanded as part of Michigan State University’s PurpleLoosestrife Job. The beetles feed specifically on purple loosestrife, a colorful plant that is nativeto Europe. The plant has boldy gotten into many wetlands in North America, and, when set up,frequently surpasses native vegetation and kinds almost impenetrable stands. By raising andreleasing Galerucella beetles, teachers, pupils and other volunteers assist to reduce purpleloosestrife around the state. According to Michigan Sea Grant Extension Professional MikeKlepinger, the job allows individuals to “learn about Michigan’s wetlands first-hand whileassisting to secure them from an invasive types.” Educators and other volunteers attend atraining session and are then qualified to raise beetles in their class. They get a small broodstock, which could multiply to a couple of thousand beetles within a short period of time. Whenthe beetles are ready for release, pupils and teachers troop out to the wetlands, where thebeetles are released onto the loosestrife. Since the job began in 1997, over 4,000 volunteershave participated in the effort to control purple loosestrife. As an outcome of volunteer efforts,considerable decrease in purple loosestrife has actually started to take place in a number ofparts of Michigan.To learn more, go to the Purple Pages at: Mike Klepinger, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Professional,( O) 517-353-5508, E-mail:; For pictures that show the success of the project,please contact Dave Brenner at (O) 734-764-2421, E-mail: daverb@umich.eduPUPILS DISCOVER FANTASTIC LAKES ECOSYSTEMFourth-grade students from more than 26 neighborhoods in southeast Michigan, includingDetroit, are boarding “schoolships” on Lake St. Clair and the reduced Detroit River for an introto the distinct functions of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Education and learning Program,supported by Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension, uses a combo ofclassroom understanding and hands-on experience to stimulate interest in protecting the Great 7 / 10
  8. 8. Lakes and its resources. On the two-hour cruises, pupils find out about ideas such as theaquatic food web, the water cycle, the roles of oxygen and carbon dioxide and the results ofexotic types. Pupil tasks consist of checking out plankton samples, testing water quality,engaging in marine knot connecting, taking temperature readings and more. They then use thegathered information in follow-up class experiments and conversation. Aboard the“schoolships,” Great Lakes Education Program staff support prepare students for their role asfuture decision makers responsible for the state’s natural resources. Even more than 37,000students, instructors and other grownups have actually gotten involved in the program giventhat it began in 1991. The experience has played a vital role in promoting enthusiasm andinterest in finding out about the Great Lakes and its water resources.To learn more, check out: Steve Stewart, Michigan Sea Grant Great Lakes Education Program Director, (O)586-469-7431, Email: stewart@msue.msu.eduSAILING VOYAGE LETS LAKE ERIE STUDENTS “REDISCOVER” THEIR ATMOSPHEREPennsylvania Sea Grant’s award-winning Environmental Rediscoveries Program offers pupils ahands-on, academic opportunity to discover the special Presque Isle Bay environment. Aboardthe sailing vessel Momentum, students have a possibility to come to be sailors and analysts fora day. While navigating regional waters, individuals learn about the surrounding ecologicalcommunity. They are also introduced to the art of sailing aboard the 42-foot Relationship Sloop.While one team of sailors is hectic plotting its course to a sampling site, others are tackling theimpact of zebra mussels in Presque Isle Bay. Students return to coast and analyze theirsamples, discovering important lessons about water quality and pollution along with the crucialfunction they play as stewards to their atmosphere. The program includes factors of physics,chemistry and navigation, and has reached over 1500 pupils in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.CONTACT: Anne Danielski, Pennsylvania Sea Grant Coastal Education and learning andMaritime Expert, (O) 814 – 898-6421, E-mail: add118@psu.eduKIDS CAN “MAKE A GETAWAY” WITH THIS EDUCATIONAL TOOL 8 / 10
  9. 9. Amazing types can easily have terrible effects on ecosystems, and some have actually triggeredserious troubles influencing the economic climate. MAKE A GETAWAY (Exotic TypesCompendium of Activities to Protect the Ecosystem) pertains to a total effort to instruct youthabout amazing types problems, to explore methods to solve these troubles and to help themmake responsible choices as grownups. Established by the Illinois-Indiana, New York, Ohio,Michigan and Minnesota Sea Grant programs, ESCAPE is contains a collection ofteacher-developed activities. It utilizes numerous training techniques like the game, “Competingfor Survival,” the likeness “Seeing Purple” and news-reporting task “Great Lakes Grief” tospread its message to kids. ESCAPE is an imaginative method to instruct K-12 pupils and meetNational Science Specification at the same time. Its hands-on, multi-disciplinary activitiesstimulate curiosity about exotics utilizing real-world issues. Devices such as color, laminatedboard games, full with lessons plans, directions and game cards are simply one way for kids toMAKE A GETAWAY and learn about intrusive species.To learn more, go to: Robin Goettel, Communicator Organizer, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant CollegeProgram, (O) 217-333-9448, E-mail: goettel@uiuc.eduEditor’s Note: Sea Grant Information & Notes is a twice monthly story concept suggestion slabfrom NOAA’s National Sea Grant University Program including brief news items, with contactinfo, about marine and seaside science study and outreach tasks from around the UnitedStates. For additional info please contact Ben Sherman, Sea Grant Media Relations, or by phone at 202-662-7095. Thank you.Sea Grant is a nationwide network of 30 university-based programs that works with coastalareas and is supported by NOAA. Sea Grant study and outreach programs promote betterunderstanding, preservation, and usage of America’s seaside resources. For more detailsabout Sea Grant visit the Sea Grant Media Center Internet site at:,which includes on-line keyword searchable database of scholastic specialists in over 30 topicallocations. 9 / 10
  10. 10. More Southern African Wildlife College Mission Press Releases More information on South African experience at : t-news-notes/ 10 / 10Powered by TCPDF (