MASSACHUSETTS MARINE EDUCATORS - MARCH 2016
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.
JOIN US ON APRIL 9 IN WOODS HOLE!

The 40th MME Conference and Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 9th with a theme of Practicing Marine Science: Models for the Classroom. The event will be held at a new venue this year, the Clark Building at the WHOI Quissett Campus. Check out our exciting keynote presentations:

Where Does the Gulf Stream Go?
Dr. Ben Harden, Assistant Professor of Oceanography
Sea Education Association

Using Marine Mammals as a "Hook" to Engage K-12 Students in Science
Dr. Carla Curran, Associate Professor of Marine Sciences
Savannah State University

The event will also include afternoon workshops, lab tours, and a reception at Sea Education Association . Click here for more information and a link to registration.
MARINE ART CONTEST

In conjunction with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, MME is pleased to announce the 2016 Marine Art Contest with the theme "Amazing Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary". Open to students from K-12, submissions of original art are welcomed in the following categories:
  • Elementary School - Grades K-4
  • Middle School - Grades 5-8
  • High School - Grades 9-12
  • Scientific Illustration - All Grades
  • Computer Graphics & Photography - All Grades 
Modest cash prizes will be awarded to winners in each category, as well as a few special categories. A photo gallery of images from past years can be viewed here .

Click here for an event flyer. The deadline for submissions is April 29th, 2016. For more information, please email  anne.smrcina@noaa.gov or call  781-545-8026 ext. 204.
HS MARINE SCIENCE SYMPOSIA

Thanks to all who presented, brought students, volunteered, and/or coordinated our two HS Marine Science Symposia this year. Over 450 students attended 30 different workshops, and were treated to exciting keynote presentations by Dr. Greg Skomal (Boston) and Dyan DiNapoli (Salem). We greatly appreciate Northeastern University and Salem State University for hosting us, and would also like to extend special thanks to our generous event sponsors:
  • Jules Catering
  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Northeastern University/MassBays Program
  • Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach
  • Panera Bread

Highlights of the event and pictures will follow in a future edition of F&J!

Spring F&J is live!

The spring issue of MME's quarterly newsletter, F&J, is now online and available here. The theme for this edition is Corals. Look for the Summer edition in June.

If you would like to submit any related lesson plans or other educator resources, please email them the F&J editor at  dimmick@esteacher.org.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Beneath the Waves Film Festival - In collaboration with the organization Beneath the Waves, the Northeastern University Marine Biology Club invites you to an evening of marine conservation-themed film and dialogue on March 31st at 7pm on the University's main campus in Boston. Popcorn and lemonade will be served at this free public event. Click here for more info.

Educator learning opportunities at NEAq - Join the New England Aquarium for some marine-themed professional development over April vacation. Click here for more info. You can also check out what's available through the Teacher Resource Center here.

Sea Perch Workshop and Summer Institutes - The  Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) has launched its spring Sea Perch Workshop on May 9-10 for educators wanting to learn how to build and teach with remotely operated vehicles underwater. It has also announced its Summer Professional Development Institutes , which include som e fantastic marine-related offerings.

WBNERR educator opportunities - Educators are invited to join the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a workshop about Wastewater (April 8-9) and/or one of its spring (grades 3-5) or summer (middle/high school) "Teachers on the Estuary" professional development events. Click here to learn more.

From the Bow Seat - The annual From the Bow Seat ocean awareness contest is open to middle and high schoolers. This is an interdisciplinary contest that weaves together ocean awareness, creativity, and advocacy. Students can submit entries in one of four categories: art, poetry, prose, and film. Click here for more information.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center is accepting applications for its annual Coastal Ocean Science Academy, which engages students in field-based research on local coastal ecosystems. A one-week program for middle schoolers and a two-week program for high schoolers are offered. Some scholarships are available, as is transportation to Nahant from the MBTA. Click here for more information.

Job opening - Salem Sound Coastwatch is hiring an Outreach and Events Coordinator. Please click here for more information.

Coastal Studies for Girls - This 16-week residential program offers extensive marine science and leadership content to 10th grade girls, and is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Girls entering Grade 9 in the coming year are encouraged to visit the CSG website and apply!


Don't see your program or event here?  Please submit your listings to c.mccauley@neu.edu for inclusion in the next e-newsletter!
SAVE THE DATE!

MME Annual Meeting , Woods Hole : April 9, 2016
National Marine Educators Meeting, Orlando: June 25-July 1, 2016
NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit, Portland: November 3-4, 2016

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