The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering an educator workshop hosted by Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. This particular workshop is is suggested for science educators of grades 5 through 12.
On April 16, learn how to utilize online resources and standards-based lessons to guide classroom discovery through innovative exploration strategies, underwater robots, and other tools used onboard the NOAA Ship, Okeanos Explorer.
Specific topics include selecting sites for exploration in a largely unknown ocean, underwater mapping, and exploring the water column. Also be addressed are remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) used in deep ocean exploration as well as telepresence technology, which enables real-time mission participation from shore.
The NOAA has been a supplier of environmental stewardship services for over 200 years and operates under United States federal jurisdiction. The administration’s fundamental objectives are to observe and monitor Earth through data collection, understand and interpret that data, assess and predict changes of Earth’s systems over time, informing the public with important information, and managing resources for the betterment of society as well as the environment. NOAA is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.
Workshop participants will receive the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Curriculum Collection, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, and other materials related to the presentations. The event will be held at 8:00 a.m. local time on April 16. Space is limited. You can register online here.
Operating as a public aquarium since 1930, Shedd Aquarium has a rich history and boasts and impressive collection of 32,000 animals. Shedd is fully accredited by the AZA, AMMPA, and WAZA and welcomes around 2 million visitors per year. The facility is a well-recognized research and conservation hub. The Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research helps to provide on-site research at the aquarium. The organization is also partnered with multiple international research organizations and is actively involved in multi-species global conservation efforts.
Now is an important time to introduce students to the wonder and awesome power of our world’s oceans by handing them the tools to best study, understand, and protect them.