The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – SouthEast (COSEE SouthEast) develops strategies for engaging scientists and educators for increased ocean literacy. COSEE SouthEast employs innovative methods at the pivotal junction of science and education to: 1) extend scientific research to the public, 2) teach educators about the nature of science, and 3) connect informal science education (ISE) facilities with research and formal education communities.
The Ocean Sciences Education Leadership Institute (Institute), is a 6-day residential summer professional development opportunity that serves North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and brings together regional scientists and educators. Since 2003, three major themes have been explored: southeastern climate change, undersea research/ocean observing technologies, and coastal/estuarine ecosystems. After the Institute, the educators transfer science concepts to 1) students through teacher designed lessons and 2) local peers through a 6-hour professional development event, Ocean Awareness Day (OAD). The OAD links COSEE SouthEast, Institute scientists and educators with regional ISE facilities. Each OAD is coordinated by Institute educators and hosted at an ISE facility and serves as a multiplier of the Institute impact. Thus, the partnership between COSEE SouthEast and the individual ISE facility extends ocean literacy to a regional audience.
Presented by: Elizabeth Vernon Bell, Carrie Thomas Ph.D., Lundie Spence Ph.D., Terri Kirby Hathaway, and Angela Bliss
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2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR