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.
HSMSS call for presenters

Thanks to all who have signed up to present at one or both of our High School Marine Science Symposia. We have a full roster of presenters for our Salem event on March 15th, however we are still looking for a few more presenters for the Boston event on March 9th. Both events run from 8:30am-1:00pm, and all presenters will receive breakfast and lunch.

Each symposium will bring together a prominent keynote speaker  and approximately 15 individual or team presenters who will lead two 50-minute workshops . This year we will also pilot a series of lightning talks  in which some workshop presenters will share a brief story about how they got started in their career or what makes them passionate about their job.

Scientists, educators, resource managers, planners, facilitators of citizen science, and others are welcome to apply to present hands-on workshops. 

Click here to apply to be a presenter at our Boston event by January 11th.

Click here for an event flyer, and check the website for the most up-to-date information.
Marine Art Contest is open

The annual MME Marine Art Contest is now underway, and the theme for this year is "Exploring the Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary."  There are five contest divisions: K-4, 5-8, 9-12, scientific illustration, and computer graphics. 

Winning entries will be posted on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website (, as well as used by the sanctuary and MME in their outreach programs. Notification and certificates will be sent to the participating teachers or individual students at their schools.

Click here for an event flyer and application form. Please share and/or post with your colleagues! Winning entries from 2016 can be viewed here.
Save the date for WHOI conference

Please mark your calendar for MME's 41st Annual Meeting and Conference in Woods Hole at WHOI's Clark Building, Quissett Campus, which will be held on Saturday, April 8th. Keynote speakers will be Ken Kostel (Web Science Writer/Editor) and Kara Dodge (WHOI Guest Investigator). Stay tuned for more information!
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Winter F&J out next week

The winter issue of MME's quarterly newsletter,
F&J, will be  online and available here by January 8. The theme for this edition is seaweed and marine algae.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Spring edition, which will focus on Marine Protected Areas.

If you would like to submit any lesson plans or other educator resources, please email the F&J editor at .

Volunteer at the 20th Annual Blue Lobster Bowl  - MIT Sea Grant is actively recruiting volunteers for this exciting annual event. Volunteers will receive training and the deadline to apply is February 4. Please click here for more information.

Annual Clinic and Career Opportunities in Marine Science Symposium - Join the Boston Sea Rovers for this fantastic event, which runs March 10-12. Friday features the COMS event at the Boston Public Library for high school students, while Saturday and Sunday activities take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Danvers, and feature a film festival, exhibits, presentations, a kids area, SCUBA instruction, and more. Click here for more information.

Ocean Literacy Webinar Series - Join one of the National Marine Educators Association's ocean literacy (OL) webinars this winter. The series features topics such as exploring and applying the OL scope and sequence, alignment of the OL framework with NGSS, and implementing OL at different scales  Click here for more information. - The New England Aquarium  and colleagues are pleased to announce new, free, tools available from the Visualizing Change Project - made possible by a grant from NOAA. A toolkit offers resources for interpreting timely climate topics such as extreme weather, ocean acidification, and more - with images and scripts to work with a variety of digital technolgies. Visit to learn more. 

MITS Professional Development Seminar Series
 - Join the Museum Institute for Teaching Science for one or more of their full-day professional development workshops for educators. Several of this year's sessions are related to marine, environment, and/or climate education. For a full listing and for registration information,  click here .

SCUBA-diving veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are sought for a research study. Click here for more information. 

NEAq Educator Workshops - The New England Aquarium is offering workshops for educators during February school vacation week, as well as on a series of Saturdays throughout the spring. The February sessions focus on climate science, and the spring sessions on STEAM. Visit the Teacher Resource Center's educator events page for more information.

Educator Workshop on the Boston Harbor Habitat Atlas - The Museum of Science, Northeastern University, and the Encyclopedia of Life are hosting a free half-day workshop on March 18 to introduce a digital resource, the Boston Harbor Habitat Atlas, and to get educator feedback on its most effective use in the classroom. All grade 6-12 educators are welcome, particularly those in metro Boston's coastal communities. Click here for more information and to register. 

2017 Bow Seat Competitions are Open  - There are two programs this year: 1) Bow Seat's annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest with the theme of "Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions," and 2) the new  Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition, which  challenges middle and high school students to implement real-world projects in their schools and communities. Click here for more information.

Coastal Studies for Girls is now accepting applications for its Fall semester. This full-semester residential program is open to girls in grade 10, and offers intensive leadership and science training on top of regular academic offerings. Click here to learn more.

Applications for the President's Youth Environment Award (PYEA) and the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) are accepted through March 1. The PYEA award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth, while the PIAEE award supports the professional development of environmental educators.

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National Marine Educators Association ConferenceCharleston, SC, June 25-29

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