There’s Squid at the Sheraton! - 11.22.2010

 COSEE California's Emily Weiss presenting at the CSTA Conference
COSEE California's Emily Weiss presenting at the CSTA Conference
Last month, COSEE California, COSEE-West, and SouthWest Marine Educators Association coordinated an Ocean Sciences strand at the California Science Teachers Association Conference in Sacramento, California attended by over 1300 science educators.

A broad audience of formal and informal science educators attended Ocean Sciences education workshops Friday and Saturday of this 3-day event. The workshops included: teaching scientific observation skills to early elementary grade students; using inquiry-based approaches in squid dissections; learning high school biology through a comprehensive course focusing on marine biology; working with teaching tools that use real oceanographic, climatic and polar data; and introducing some practical applications of the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence.

With all these Ocean Sciences activities scheduled at the Sheraton hotel, even a few hotel staff came by to investigate the sights and smells. One staff member participated for over an hour, identifying the parts of the squid and learning how to guide his own children through a squid activity using a bag of squid we gave him to take home!

COSEE will be hosting another Ocean Sciences strand at the upcoming National Science Teachers Association Conference held in San Francisco March 10-13, 2011. If interested in being part of this strand, please contact Liesl Hotaling.

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