The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ocean plays in global environmental cycles and processes. COSEE activities highlight the contributions ocean-science researchers make to scientific knowledge in these important areas. Each COSEE represents one or more ocean science research institution, an informal science education organization, and at least one affiliate organization representing the formal education community.
How can scientists more effectively create education and public outreach programs? This Eos article discusses eight recommendations for scientists to better their education and outreach experience. It also includes tips for how to incorporate these programs into a grant proposal to increase the chances of it being funded.
Teachers of grades 4-10 or informal settings and scientists from universities, federal agencies, state agencies, and not-for-profit organizations are invited to take part in innovative and cutting edge science education. Participants will experience the Lake Superior ecosystem firsthand with experts through: field and classroom activities, classroom activity idea sharing, learning how to use cutting edge research, data, and technology with their students, and making peer connections.
COSEE GL presents a one-week cruise on Lake Erie aboard the R/V Lake Guardian specifically for grade 4-10 teachers and informal educators. The cruise will feature interdisciplinary learning opportunities for Great Lakes and ocean systems research. Instructors include both research scientists and COSEE educators. Topics of study include shipping activities and cargo, field station research, urban shorelines, coastal processes and erosion, DO, conductivity, temperature, plankton and more.
Take an educational expedition to the Caribbean! This 8-day workshop at a tropical reef in Roatan, the Bay Islands, Honduras, will explore the biodiversity of a coral reef ecosystem and the related habitats that support its complex structure. Topics explored include: reef formation and ecology; reef fish; reef invertebrates; animal relationships; sandy beaches; tide pools; rocky shore zonation; mangroves; and turtle grass beds. Scholarships are available.
Are you an ocean science researcher who would you like assistance engaging in educational outreach and achieving broader impacts? This site will help you connect with educators in order to build meaningful educational collaborations. The website includes resources, ideas, and tools for researchers to become effectively involved in education and outreach. The site also features information on upcoming workshops and activities that will foster effect programs.
Scientists can get help engaging in K-16 education efforts from this resource. It provides information and publications on how researchers can get involved in education, and contains a link to the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML).
COSEE-MA's goal is to integrate research and education programs to encourage lifelong learning experiences for everyone. They especially want to reach out to K-12 educators, students (K-16), coastal managers, families, and underserved audiences. The site features information for all of the above audiences, as well as the latest news and upcoming events.
Read results from a needs assessment of informal science education institutions, such as aquariums, that COSEE-NE are using to coordinate the planning of programs. The survey asked participants several basic questions. Each question's response is expressed in text and figure.
COSEE-SE provides resources and links to help improve diversity in ocean sciences. Included resources are coastal legacy resources for elementary and middle school teachers, Coastal Legacy traveling curriculum kit, documents from the Multicultural Pathways for Ocean Science Education workshop, and university and marine laboratory programs.
What resources would you need to pursue education/outreach activities? What incentives would increase the probability of your participation in education/outreach activities? In 2003, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution conducted a surveyed focused on current education and outreach activities and the needs of researchers in regards to participating in such programs.
Educators in the southeast United States will find links to resources for ocean science instruction on this website. The resource topics include general ocean and earth science education materials, ocean observing systems, water quality, wetlands and remote sensing data.
This printable resource provides information on the marine mammals found along the U.S. east coast from North Carolina to Florida. It includes information about the different species found, conservation and research information, and links to volunteer and education resources.
California COSEE is working to create regional ocean education Centers focused on increasing awareness of K-12 schools and their communities to ocean-related issues and opportunities. The Ocean Immersion Centers provide numerous benefits both in the classroom and the community. This site includes information on the Centers and commentary on the implementation of the program in a local elementary school. Workshop information is also provided.
Download this poster demonstrating the role of the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) in unifying scientists' professional development, programmatic focus, and as facilitators. Also included on the poster is a summary of the results from a two year survey on scientists' involvement in education and public outreach.
Ocean Voyagers is an educational outreach initiative consisting of an interdisciplinary curriculum program. It is designed to allow middle school teachers and students to gain real-world knowledge about oceanographic science, social science, maritime cultures, communication, literature, and the language arts. This site includes: integrated lesson plans on oceanographic science, maritime life and lore, technology and communications, and profiles of the Navy oceanographic survey fleet.
Teachers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia looking for ocean science education information and materials can find help through these organizations. The categories include: organizations, departments and agencies, federal agencies, science and education programs, and educators on board research vessels.
For scientists desiring to become more involved in education, the COSEE Mid-Atlantic is dedicated to establishing meaningful and productive collaborations between scientists and educators. This web site is meant to help scientists produce a worthwhile education project that complements and enriches their research. The information is broken down by how much time the scientist is willing to dedicate to education and public outreach.
Access a list of recent journals and reports that support the engagement of scientists with educators with the common objective of improving precollege science education.
The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) SouthEast program has links to resources for the South Atlantic Bight, the U.S. coastal area from North Carolina to Florida. Topics addressed include exploration, fisheries, oceanography, benthic ecology, Charleston Bump, mega fauna and biology, monitoring, management, and inshore waters and river basins.