From December 2010 through June 2011, Liberty Science Center offered a two-day ocean science program to 208 students and their teachers from 10 public high school in Newark, New Jersey. The program consisted of focused instruction and hands-on activities and labs related to the ocean's physical and chemical characteristics and how these affect biological systems.
This program included several data-oriented lessons developed under the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence-Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW) and was intended to increase ocean literacy in students, enhance their ability to interpret and manipulate data, and raise awareness of how ocean scientists do their work.
Survey results indicate that this program successfully increased students' awareness of and knowledge about the physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean, the ocean's impact on their daily lives, and scientists' ability to do their research remotely. For the 2011-12 school year, the Newark Public School District requested a 400% increase in the number of programs offered to allow more of their students to participate. Based on evaluation results, we restructured the program to include an overarching inquiry-based project, and have trained additional staff to teach this program.
Presented by Katie Gardner, Kate Florio, Harold R. Clark, Chris Parsons, and C. Sage Lichtenwalner at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
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