MASSACHUSETTS MARINE EDUCATORS - MARCH 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.
Register now for the Annual Meeting and Conference at WHOI

Ple ase 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 from 8:30am to 4:15pm.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  • Kara Dodge, WHOI Guest Investigator
    Insights into Leatherback Behavior using Tags, Cameras and Robots 
  • Ken Kostel, WHOI Web Science Writer/Editor
    Hands Across the Water: Introducing Students to Science at Sea 
WORKSHOPS
  • Seabird CSI: Using Chemical Tools to Study the Biology of Seabirds
  • How Do We Explore?
  • Turtle TLC: Using Sea Turtles, Cape Cod Sea Turtle Strandings, and Turtle 
  • Tour of WHOI's New High Speed Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
  • Using Atlantic Salmon Telemetry Data and Developing Stream Obstruction Bypass 
  • The Educational Whale Watch
  • Discovering Oceanography and Meteorology with Real-Time NERACOOS Buoy Data
RECEPTION
  • All are invited to a networking reception at SEA Education immediately following the conference.

For more information, including descriptions of each session and an event flyer, please visit our website! Please help us to spread the word about this exciting event.
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.
Spring F&J is out

The spring issue of MME's quarterly newsletter,
F&J, is available here. The theme for this edition is marine protected areas.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Summer edition, which will focus on lighthouses of New England.

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. 

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 an d helps participants prepare students for outdoor experiences. Click here for more information.

Community Boat Building is now accepting applications for students ages 7-14 for summer programming at its facility near Fort Point Channel in Boston. Click here for more information.

The Northeastern University Marine Science Center is marine mosaic art program for middle and high school students during April school vacation week.  It is also offering its annual Coastal Ocean Science Academy this summer for which scholarships and shuttle service from Ruggles, Wonderland, and Lynn MBTA stations are available.

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

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is hiring for an Information and Education Coordinator to be based at its office in Gloucester. Click here for more information.

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