The 2006 Ocean Observing Educator Institute workshop was held at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, June 26 -30. The theme of the workshop was “Seasons in the Sea: Understanding Change in the Gulf of Maine through Buoys, Boats and Satellites.” The workshop presented teachers with marine science content and educational tools that are used during ocean observation data as it may relate to their curriculum. Teachers were required to submit two lesson plans that related to the use of materials and data acquired during the workshop. Some of the workshop titles included: Oceanography 101 and Seasonal Change in the Gulf of Maine, Primary Production: Phytoplankton, Fishing Gear Technology, Detecting Change from Space, and Curriculum Planning. Also, Students had the opportunity to board a research vessel for an afternoon during which time they visited a buoy and conducted different experiments. An evening activity included a visit to the Seacoast Science Center where teahcers participated in an Art in Science activity.
Teachers attending the workshop from our area were:
- Bridgette Smith of Camelot Elementary School
- Denize Mills-Daniel of W.E. Waters Middle School