May/June 2013
 In This Issue CNN Vol. 6 No. 3 | May/June 2013 
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COSEE Online
Working Group Updates
COSEE at Conferences
Center News
COSEE Network Calendar
COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
Network meeting materials
 National COSEE Office
The COSEE National Network Meeting was held May 6-8, 2013, in Tampa, Florida, with a focus on four strands:
  1. Cultivating the 21st Century Oceanographer
  2. Ocean Science and Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards
  3. Building a Broader Consortium - Increasing COSEE's Reach and Sustainability
  4. COSEE's Impacts and Legacy
For a complete meeting program, click here (PDF, 2.02 MB).
Evening speaker at the aquarium
 Network Publications
Broader Impacts 2.0 Rick Tankersley (COSEE Florida) and Patti Bourexis recently published Broader Impacts 2.0: Frequently Asked Questions About Revisions to NSF’s Broader Impacts Criterion. To read the full paper click here.
 COSEE Online
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 Working Group Updates
Scientist Engagement Working Group The SEWG case study on Dr. Mary Jane Perry (University of Maine, COSEE-OS) is complete and now available on the Engaging Scientists website. This completes the work of the SEWG project. We welcome you to visit the SEWG website!

Screenshot of the COSEE-Ocean Systems home page
Web Working Group The "Best of COSEE" templates are currently under development by Raytheon Web Solutions using comments obtained during the Network meeting. These templates will enable Center admins to post evergreen information on COSEE people and activities. For more information, contact Annette deCharon, WWG Chair.

ENT Sub-Group Wondering which webinar platform is most user-friendly? How to reformat video files? How to track the response to your programs? Excellence in Network Tools subgroup (ENTs) members have been busy providing expert advice on a myriad of questions from the COSEE Network, and they would be happy to provide the same for YOU. For more information, contact one of the ENTS co-chairs Catherine Cramer and Carla Companion.
 COSEE at Conferences
COSEE/SWMEA Partner Strand at CSTA 2013 The COSEE Network has the opportunity to create an Ocean Sciences partner strand at the 2013 California Science Teachers Association Conference, to be held in Palm Springs, October 25 - 27th, 2013. For more information please contact Sarah Pedemonte.

Ocean Sciences 2014 Plans are well underway for an active presence by the COSEE Network at the Ocean Sciences meeting to be held in Honolulu in February 2014. For more information contact Bob Chen or Adrienne Sponberg.
Federal STEM Education Plan Released The Administration recently released its five-year Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan in response to the requirements of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. The plan was prepared by the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) of the National Science and Technology Council. Read the report.

National Ocean Policy Plan The Administration also recently released its final National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. Included in the focus of the plan is "developing and disseminating sound scientific information that local communities, industries, and decision-makers can use." The plan also describes specific actions the Federal agencies will take to address key ocean challenges. To read the entire press release from the White House, click here. To read the entire implementation plan, click here.

Next Generation Science Standards NSTA offers the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards establish learning expectations in science for K–12 students combining three important dimensions - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.

Online Courses from Co-Exploration The College of Exploration is launching a new set of online courses - Teaching 21st Century Skills - which will run July 10 - August 4. They feature expert faculty and professional development topics in education pedagogy assessment, scientific discovery and more. This course is geared toward educators to incorporate the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) into the curriculum. For more information and to register, click here.

Distance Learning Survey The National Museum of Natural History needs your help to reach teachers for input into upcoming distance learning programming. Following is a link to a survey, where educators can provide input to help make some programming and scheduling decisions. Please feel free to circulate to educators. Survey
NSDL on iTunes U The free National Science Digital Library iTunes U offers multimedia resources on a range of subjects including Physical Science and Technology, Life Science, and Earth and Environmental Science. The Beyond Campus section includes museums, public radio and television stations, and other non-profit educational providers.

What Makes A Good STEM Mentor? Find out in this article from IEEE.

Connecting the Global Oceans to Inland Audiences The focus of Exploring Connections between the Global Oceans and the Inland Southwest is to illustrate the importance of the ocean to regional weather and climate, as well as to explore how inland populations affect the global oceans. The lectures are archived on the website, and teachers can request a CD with lesson plans. Topics include Global Patterns of Scientific Data, Water and Populations Patterns, and more.
 Center News
COSEE California We are highlighting our newly released Ocean Sciences Sequence: The Ocean-Atmosphere Connection, for Grades 6-8 curriculum with a 2-day professional development workshop, Climate Change and the Practices of Science for the Middle School Classroom, on July 22-23. This 2-day professional development opportunity, offered by the Lawrence Hall of Science, will focus on the science of climate change and how to provide middle school students with opportunities to gather evidence and use scientific argumentation to make evidence-based explanations. The workshop will provide in-depth, hands-on experiences with the Ocean Sciences Sequence for Grades 6-8: The Ocean - Atmosphere Connection and Climate Change. This new, kit-based curriculum from GEMS builds understanding of Earth systems science, climate change, and the practices of science as called for in the Next Generation Science Standards.

COSEE China COSEE China has received the first education and outreach grant given by NSF-China. Recently COSEE China released its first year-end report. Read the year-end report here (PDF, 13.39 MB).

HI SCI fishbowl discussion on water resources and climate change in Hawaii
COSEE Island Earth recently facilitated the first community science cafe for Hawaiian Islands Science (HI Sci). HI Sci's mission encompasses a range of interconnected goals, including the creation of open forums for island residents, students, and native Hawaiians to encourage communication about indigenous and modern sciences, and aims to perpetuate the identity of native Hawaiians in all levels of science. Led by graduate students in several disciplines, HI Sci's first Cafe focused on the topic of Water Resources and Climate Change in Hawaii. Invited speakers included a Native Hawaiian educator, a mahi 'ai kalo (taro farmer), Kamehameha Schools land manager, a climate researcher, and members of the Honolulu Water Supply and the State Water Commission. The science café was well attended with 65 participants. Following the speaker presentations, the organizers facilitated a fishbowl discussion, and were treated to 'awa (kava, traditional drink) and pupus (snacks). Three more HI Sci cafes are planned for the fall. For more information about HI Sci, visit the Facebook page.

Marine science graduate students participate in the one year anniversary of the All Things Marine radio show
Additionally, the COSEE-IE monthly radio show All Things Marine celebrated its first-year anniversary on Wednesday, May 22, as graduate students from the University of Hawaii gathered to talk about how scientists can reach out to the public and share their experiences participating in unique outreach and fellowship programs. COSEE Island Earth will also debut its marine science fact of the day on the radio program this June. Listen or download podcasts here.

Lastly, COSEE-IE has been gearing up to present at the 2013 World Environmental Education Conference, an international conference dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and dialogue about a diverse range of topics dealing with the environment and society. COSEE-IE will be presenting Exploring Public Attitudes & Interests for Marine Conservation Outreach in Hawaii, a presentation on the information gained from an ocean user survey collected annually at the Hawaii Ocean Expo.

COSEE NOW Those interested in using ocean data in the classroom, or data visualization in general, should check out the community blog Visual Ocean, started by COSEE NOW. Visual Ocean explores how educators and scientists can use real-time data and data visualization. Topics include streamflow and flooding, buoy data, coastal population, and more. Subscribe to keep up-to-date with new postings.

COSEE OCEAN COSEE OCEAN is continuing its activity tour de force with plankton nets and the Great Plankton Race, featured in the COSEE Best of Hands On Activities. Initially offered at the World Maker Faire in September 2012 at the New York Hall of Science, the activities have made an appearance across the country this year. After engaging teachers at the ASLO conference in New Orleans in February 2013, the activities found their way to the Cambridge Science Festival, a non-profit organization that "makes science accessible, engaging and fun with hundreds of events taking place in and around Cambridge, MA". COSEE OCEAN attended the festival, held April 13-21, 2013, and engaged hundreds of children with their plankton activities. Francesco Peri and Hayley Schiebel ran two tables at the event and felt the impact of the COSEE OCEAN activities was evident. “The [Cambridge] Science Festival was a lot of fun and was really nice to encounter so many young scientists,” noted Mr. Peri. In fact, a neighboring booth at the festival recommended the COSEE OCEAN booth for the World Oceans Day Festival on June 9, 2013 at the New England Aquarium! Ms. Schiebel said that the activities “are really starting to gain some positive attention and engage both parents and children. Some of the parents were just as excited to make their own plankton!” While the plankton activities have done a lot of travelling this year, COSEE OCEAN will implement other activities from the COSEE Best of Hands On Activities at the upcoming 2013 World Maker Faire and ASLO conference, in addition to the USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo.

Activity demo
Other highlights:

At the recent Center Showcase held during the COSEE Network Meeting in May, COSEE OCEAN conducted more hands-on activities and displayed its poster for the OSS (Ocean Science Sequence) project.

The Facebook GrOE page now has over 1,300 likes, and we are developing a strategy for activating and studying this growing community.

COSEE-Ocean Systems A key part of creating effective Broader Impacts partnerships is the process of collaboration. COSEE-Ocean Systems, as part of a partnership with the New England Ocean Sciences Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) hosted a Broader Impacts Collaboration Workshop on April 11, 2013 with the aim of providing scientists and educators with tools and strategies for successful partnerships. This pilot workshop model included presentations from scientists reflecting upon their own Broader Impacts experiences, and sessions designed for small groups to explore a project together. Read more here.

COSEE-West By the time they are Juniors and Seniors, students in the sciences at UCLA have plenty of content knowledge and a valuable set of laboratory and field skills. However, their strong training in science may not have prepared them for one of the fundamental tasks they will be expected to perform throughout their science careers: communicating to non-scientists about their work. Enter Dr. Rachel Kennison of UCLA, Co-director of COSEE West. In 2012, Dr. Kennison traveled to Berkeley-Lawrence Hall of Science to attend an instructors training workshop for the COSIA (Communicating Ocean Science to Informal Audiences) course. Back at UCLA, she worked with faculty in the sciences to describe the course and its benefits, and encouraged them to tell students about the course. The university agreed to offer the course in spring of 2013, and the result was a full class of undergraduate science majors. As a bonus, four graduate students registered for the course, recognizing its value for their work. To read the rest of this article, go here.
 COSEE Network Calendar
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 COSEE Centers and Council Representatives
COSEE Alaska (Robin Dublin, COSEE Alaska)
COSEE California (Craig Strang, UC Berkeley)
COSEE Florida (Edwin Massey, Indian River State College)
COSEE Island Earth (Judy Lemus, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology)
COSEE Networked Ocean World (Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University)
COSEE OCEAN (Bob Chen, University of Massachusetts)
COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities (Phil Bell, University of Washington)
COSEE-Ocean Systems (Annette deCharon, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine)
COSEE-Pacific Partnerships (Jan Hodder, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology)
COSEE SouthEast (Carrie Thomas, North Carolina State University)
COSEE-TEK (Ivar Babb, University of Connecticut)
COSEE-West (Linda Duguay, University of Southern California)