COSEE at Oceans '09 - 12.16.2009

At the Oceans '09/Marine Technology Society/IEEE Annual Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, COSEE implemented a successful one-day Teacher Professional Development Workshop at Stennis Space Center on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Keynote speakers focused on the Gulf of Mexico (Jessica Kastler) and Environmental Stewardship (Sharon Walker for Michael Spranger). Dr. Sue Cook, MTS Education Chair and Senior Education Associate with Ocean Research and Conservation, Inc., and Dr. Sharon Walker, Past-Chair of MTS and Professor Emeritus with USM, welcomed and closed the Workshop. Resources were provided to all the teachers in a Share-A-Thon by MTS, IEEE, COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico, the COSEE Central Coordinating Office (CCO), COSEE Networked Ocean World (NOW), the MATE Center, USM-Visualization Lab, the American Meteorology Society/DataStreme, the National Marine Educators Association, and NASA.

On Monday, October 26, the MTS and IEEE-Oceans '09 hosted an E-Mission Student Program for 150 high school students from local schools. COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico, the CCO and COSEE NOW were involved, along with the MATE Center and others, in implementing these hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences to give students a better understanding of ocean-related careers. Students were immersed in using ROV-in-a-bag Remotely Operated Vehicles in two large above ground pools; examining a diverse collection of fish for external anatomy, body shapes, and mouth positions; constructing water quality sensors;; and becoming involved in a Category 3 Hurricane and Volcano Eruption Scenario by participating in E-Mission-Montserrat. Find out more about the E-Mission program at

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