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Sea Scholars, a component of COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico, was an educational outreach initiative consisting of an interdisciplinary curriculum program designed to impart real-world information about oceanographic science, social science, maritime cultures, communication, literature, and the language arts. The program was organized around the idea that real-life oceanographic ship operations, problems, and destinations presented appropriate classroom topics that integrate principal subjects in oceanographic and coastal processes and technological literacy.
Sea Scholars connected the Navy's oceanographic fleet with classrooms around the country via emerging technology, including the World Wide Web (WWW) and satellite communications. The program was not a highly structured, planned unit but provided a wide-ranging set of resources from which teachers could design, based on the needs and interests of their middle school students, an appropriate curriculum. Resources include integrated lesson plans on oceanographic science, maritime life and lore, technology and communications, and profiles of the Navy oceanographic survey fleet.
COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico was a unique collaborative hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and its J.L. Scott Marine Education Center. The Center sought to increase the innovative and analytic capacity of engagement between research scientists, formal and informal educators, precollege students, and the general public within the inland areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Sharon Walker Institute for Marine Mammal Studies Center for Marine Education and Research