MASSACHUSETTS MARINE EDUCATORS - FEBRUARY 2017
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 update

Thanks to all who have signed up to present at or attend this year's two High School Marine Science Symposia. Both events were filled in record time by both presenters and students!

SCHOLARSHIPS

This year, we are extremely pleased to announce that over 25% of attendees are supported by scholarships from the Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Marine Educators, Boston SCUBA, East Coast Diving, and a number of individuals.

It's not too late to make a donation to support the participation of students from low-income communities in this event! The cost per student is $13, and you can make a gift of any amount  here. Any funds not used in 2017 will be carried over to the 2018 events.
Register now for the Annual Meeting and Conference at WHOI

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).

Registration is now open, and an event flyer can be found here. For more information, please visit our website.
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 ( http://stellwagen.noaa.gov), 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.
Seeking nominations for MME awards

Each year, MME recognizes the exemplary contributions of colleagues working to advance marine education in Massachusetts through the presentation of several awards at its Annual Meeting. There are four categories of awards:
  • MME Award of Distinction
  • MME Marine Educator Award
  • Nap J. Buonapare Service Award
  • MME Certificate of Appreciation
Nomination forms, accessible here, should be emailed to Lydia Green at lebreen212@gmail.com by the deadline of March 15th.
Become a member of MME!

We can't do it without you! Your membership supports important work such as planning for our conferences and other events, production of our quarterly journal, and keeping our constituents up-to-date with marine education opportunities, resources, and events. There has never been a better time to support marine education!  Why join?

"I enjoy being a part of MME because of their fantastic conferences and the networking opportunities it's provided me. They have a long track record of convening educators and scientists who learn from one another. The journal is a gem that's always full of interesting insights and classroom resources, and I always peruse the emails for upcoming events and such. I appreciate all that you do."

Please consider joining MME or renewing your membership by clicking here.
Winter F&J is out

The winter issue of MME's quarterly newsletter,
F&J, is available here. 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  Dimmick@esteacher.org .
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

A nnual Clinic and Career Opportunities in Marine Science Symposium  - Join the Boston Sea Rovers for this fantastic event, which runs March 10-12. 
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. 

The Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research is hosting a State of the Watershed Community Forum on April 6th from 6:00-8:00pm, and all are welcome. The event will feature students presenting their work as well as a panel discussion and community dialogue about resilience and identifying projects for further study. Click here  for more information.

Workshop on the Massachusetts STE framework - Join the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Museum of Science to learn about the  MA Science, Technology, and Engineering (STE) framework vision, Science Ambassador program, engage with the science and engineering practices, discuss the implications for curriculum and instruction, and discuss potential ways we can all support educators and districts during this time of transition. 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.

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 .  

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.

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.

Summer Teacher Institute - Salem Sound Coastwatch is holding an educator institute from June 26-30 on Place-Based Watershed Coastal Ecology that connect science topics to local places and helps participants prepare students for outdoor experiences. 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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