Supporting educators to inspire students of all ages to be stewards of the ocean by providing learning opportunities, meaningful experiences and relevant resources for marine education since 1969.
High School Marine Science Symposium

Our one event this year will be on  Thursday, March 8, 2018  at Northeastern University in Boston. 

Scientists, graduate students, educators, and others working in marine-related fields are invited to inspire the next generation by presenting hands-on workshops and drop-in activities to high school students. Click here to submit a proposal before December 22nd.

Sponsors also sought:  If you or your organization is interested in  sponsoring  the event by providing scholarship funds for students from low-income school districts to be able to attend, it can do so at the $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or higher level. Please contact Val at . Sponsors will receive special mention in our program as well as at the events, and donors at the $500 level or higher will also receive special mention on event signage.

Teachers, save the date: Registration for schools will launch in mid-January. Because the event fills up quickly, we encourage teachers to get administrative approval for the trip now so that you can register as soon as registration goes live.

For more information, including cost and registration details, click here.

Note We apologize that we will not be holding a North Shore event this year, but hope to expand our geographic offerings in 2018.

This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) and Northeastern University, with additional support from many dedicated volunteer presenters. The High School Marine Science Symposium has been continuously offered by MME for over 30 years. Don't miss it!

Be sure to check out the most recent edition of our quarterly journal, Flotsam & Jetsam. The fall issue is here, and features the work of the Center for Coastal Research in Provincetown. If you are interested in submitting stories, lesson plans, or other resources for future F&Js, please contact our Editor, Howard Dimmick.

Congratulations to two MME members for recently being recognized recently by the Massachusetts  Association of Science Teachers (MAST). Board member Don Pinkerton of Revere High School won the Massachusetts Biology Teacher of the Year. Don initiated a biotech elective that is thriving, and is a strong advocate for ELL learners. Also recognized by MAST is Sandra Locke, STEM Coach for Grades 4-8 in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, was recognized as the Barnstable County Teacher of the Year. Sandra is one of the founding members of MME, and has been working with children for 35 years.

Congratulations to MME Board Member, Val Perini, who was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC). In this role, Val will spend three years helping to direct the work of this innovative group, which works to leverage New England's extraordinary assets to engage the public in understanding the vital connections between people and the ocean. NEOSEC holds a biennial Ocean Literacy Summit, the next of which is slated to be held in the fall of 2018 in the Boston area. MME is an Associate Member of NEOSEC.

Join  WGBH reporter Craig Lemoult on Wednesday, November 8th as he hosts a Live Facebook chat with renowned climate author and activist Bill McKibben. Click here to access the broadcast.

Applications are being accepted through November 30 for NOAA's 2018 Teacher at Sea Program. The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide pre-kindergarten through college-level teachers a hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving teachers unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to our nation. Click here for more information.

The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) and the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation (GOMLF) invite you to join us for an evening event focused on Marine Debris November 17, 2017 from 5:00-7:30pm at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. The event is open to anyone  connected to the Gulf of Maine watershed who is concerned about marine debris. Click here for event costs, registration, exhibiting, and more information.   

Join the New England Aquarium's Teacher Resource Center for two workshops. Click here for more information on both of them.
  • "STEAM Workshop for Early Childhood Educators" on December 9th from 8:30am-12:30pm. The topic will be "deep ocean adventure", the third installment in a series for early childhood educators. 
  • "Climate Science for Educators" is open to middle school educators and others from February 21 to 23, 2018. PDP or graduate credit is available.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science invites participants for a 2-day Alternative Energy Workshop for Middle and High School Educators, which will be held in partnership with MassAudubon. MITS has also announced dates for their 2018 summer institutes. Check soon for more information.
  • Cape Cod: One-Week Institute for Middle/High School Educators; July 9-13
  • Berkshire: One-Week Institute for Middle/High School Educators; July 9-13
  • Central: One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators; July 9-13
  • MetroWest: One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators; July 9-13
  • Southeast: One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators; July 16-20
  • North Shore: One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators; July 16-20
The Boston Sea Rovers are currently accepting applications for the 201 8  Sea Rovers Annual Summer Internship.  Qualified graduating high school seniors, college freshman and sophomores interested in pursuing underwater careers are enco uraged to apply to the Sea Rovers by November 15, 201 7 . Click here for more information.

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) had to cancel its 2017 conference in Puerto Rico last month due to the extensive hurricane damage. However, parts of the conference were held virtually, and recordings of presentations are available here. They are also hosting a webinar to showcase their eeWORKS initiative on Tuesday, November 14 from 1-2pm. Click here for more information and to register.

Have you ever considered forming an Envirothon team? The Mass Envirothon Fall Workshop - held on November 15 from 8:30am - 2:15pm at UMass Amherst - is an opportunity to get a good look at the program and test whether it might be a good fit for you and your students. Prospective coaches are welcome to come alone or bring students. Learn how to get your team started on community research (whether you are in an urban, suburban, or rural community), how to turn current issue research into a relevant action project that benefits the community, and what the judges look for in a team presentation. For more information, click here

The 2018 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest is underway.  Students ages 11-18 are invited to submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music (new!) that explore this year's theme: Our Oceans in a Changing Climate.  Students can earn awards of up to $1,500, and the deadline to apply is June 18, 2018. Click here f or more information, inspiration, and classroom resources.

Additionally, Bow Seat's 2018 Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition  is also underway. This national competition challenges middle and high school students to lead a creative campaign in their school or community that educates others and inspires action to reduce or prevent marine debris. It's a perfect opportunity for green teams, marine science or sustainability clubs, arts groups, honor society members, Scout troops, or any environmentally-minded teens
Students can earn awards of up to $5,000, and the deadline is June 18th, 2019. To get started and for more information, click here.

Massachusetts STEM Summit - November 14, Worcester

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