Middle School Marine Science Workshop

Marine science is front-page news. Oil spills, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and the preservation of fisheries and coral reefs are some of the most pressing science topics facing policymakers, researchers, and the general public. Georgia universities have an exceptionally strong core of researchers working in diverse marine fields, many of which are directly relevant to state and national educational standards, including topics relating to Human Impacts on Earth Systems and Global Climate Change.

The 2019 Middle School Marine Science (MS)2 Summer Workshop is accepting registrations from middle school earth and life science teachers interested in exploring the topic of marine science as it connects to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The workshop will be held at the Marine Institute at Sapelo Island and will involve hands-on activities. Teachers will also be introduced to 1-week ready-to-use classroom modules created by Georgia Tech with support from the National Science Foundation* and the ECOGIG project.

Through lectures by faculty, break-out discussion and lesson planning sessions, and hands-on lab and field exercises, the 4-day course (July 14-17, 2019) will disseminate teaching modules developed around cutting-edge marine science. Modules consist of lesson plans and project learning exercises that address key marine topics, such as ocean food webs, oil spills, and ocean salinity and oxygen shifts in response to global change.

Teachers will leave (MS)2 with enhanced content knowledge, and each participant will receive 3 PLUs and a $250 stipend.

*NSF#: 1238089