An ever growing number of scientists recognize the need to increase awareness about ocean science research, especially in regard to policy initiatives on climate change. Howerver, scientists may find it difficult to reach an audience outside of their community. At the same time, educators are searching for accurate and engaging science education resources to inspire students to become interested in scientific discovery.
Collaborations between scientist and educators can meet both of these needs and provide unlimited access for students to learn about science. If increased access to scientific knowledge requires research, focused objectives and a transfer of knowledge between scientists and educators, then scientist-educator fellowship teams are a way to bring the appropriate people together around a specific project that can help bring scientific knowledge to a broader audience.
The scientist-educator fellowship teams, sponsored by COSEE Coastal Trends, have an ocean science researcher, a 7th-12th grade educator, a graduate student, and an undergraduage student. Team members collaborate to develop web-based educational resources. These resources include lesson plans, online activities and assessments, self-contained visuals, and videos - resources that support outreach and broader impacts initiatives.
Presented by: Joanna Woerner, Tina Bishop, Tim Carruthers, William Dennison, Cassie Gurbisz, and Laura Murray
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2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR