Monthly Archives: October 2013

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students Tulane Scientists Hold Oil Spill Q&A Event with Vietnamese Fishing Community C-MEDSVietnameseFishing_2256a

Many people outside of the Gulf Coast region are not aware of the large population of Vietnamese residents who live across this area, in concentrated communities from Texas to Alabama. Arriving as refugees during and after the Vietnam War, they settled along the Gulf Coast to work in the booming commercial fishing industry.  Today, the Read More

Student Activities Educational Activity Book by the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) CWC_Educational_Activity_Book

A fun activity book that will educate children about the BP Oil Spill and other marine science topics related to the Gulf of Mexico. **For activity book in Spanish please visit CWC’s Resources in Spanish Page Click to download PDF ( 2 MB)…

Links Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs: Gulf Oil Spill: Teacher and Student Resources seagrant_logo

The following material was compiled by the Office of Environmental Education (OEE) of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for formal and non-formal educators. The list focuses primarily on resources relevant to educators and students (primarily K-12), but it is not a comprehensive list of resources. While care has been taken to review most of Read More

Student Activities Texas Students Put Oil Spill Cleanup Methods to the Test Candace Peyton, project manager of DROPPS, assists middle school students with experiments to test effectiveness of dispersing as an oil cleanup method. (Photo by: J. Findley)

The methods used to remove the oil from the Gulf of Mexico – skimming, soaking, and dispersing – were as much in the news as the Deepwater Horizon incident itself.  Three years later, a group of twenty-six middle school students conducted experiments to compare these methods as part of a week-long University of Texas Summer Read More

Student ActivitiesTeachers and Students Educators Dive into ROV Training and Emerge with Innovative Teaching Tools Fairview High School teacher Stephanie Chambers navigates an underwater ROV while out at sea aboard DISL’s R/V Alabama-Discovery. (Photo credit: Tina Miller-Way, DISL)

  Ten high school teachers from Alabama and Florida are returning to their 2013-2014 science classes armed with new skills, materials, and inspiration.  In July, these educators attended a five-day workshop entitled Technology in Marine Science. They built and operated Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and, more importantly, learned how to use them as teaching tools Read More

Research Stories Deepwater Horizon, Three Years Later – August 6, 2013 The oil slick as imaged on 24 May 2010 by the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA

BP-funded research aims to understand and mitigate impacts of hydrocarbon pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. (From physicstoday / by Rachel Berkowitz) — On 20 April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) drilling rig operating in the Mocando Prospect, a drilling block in the Gulf of Mexico, experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in Read More

GoMRI Scientists Get to Know CWC Biologist Suzanne Fredericq sfredericq_1754

Suzanne Fredericq is a University of Louisiana at Lafayette biology professor whose GoMRI research examines pre- and post-spill macroalgae genetics to better understand rubble/rhodolith habitats in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep outer shelf banks. Read her Scientist Spotlight to learn more about her!

Video and Podcasts Bob the Drifter – A Waterlust film about ocean currents

Meet Bob the Drifter – one of the many important devises that collect data for CARTHE, the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment. Bob is specially designed to drift with the surface currents and is equipped with a GPS unit so the CARTHE scientists can track where he goes and Read More

Links Deep-C … Resources & Links Deep-C_logo – is an online resource for those studying the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The site provides an archive of the underwater video of the event, as well as additional tools and resources for educators, scientists, and engineers who are expanding our knowledge of environmental issues. The website was developed and is Read More

Lesson Plans CPALMS.. Where Educators Go For Bright Ideas CPALMS - Perspectives Initiative

The CPALMS Perspectives initiative provides standards-aligned brief (~5-min.) video resources highlighting experiences and thoughts regarding math and science from experts, teachers, professionals, and skilled enthusiasts. These brief videos may be useful for understanding technical content, learning new approaches to teaching, and for highlighting the appearance of science and mathematics concepts in practical, real-world situations. This Read More

Lesson Plans Educator Resources, Lesson Plans, and Activities at Deep-C Deep-C_logo

Educator Resources Gulf of Mexico Alliance Environmental Education and Engagement Team NOAA SeaGrant/National Marine Educators Association Bridge Website: Oil SpillsNew York Times: The Gulf Oil Spill in the Classroom Deep-C Lesson Plans What Drives Ocean Currents? (A hands-on activity for children ages 10-14) Oil, Oil Everywhere (A hands-on activity for children ages 4-14) The Great Read More

Student Activities SENSE IT Teacher Workshop on Water Monitoring During the workshop, teachers learned how to construct and calibrate sensors.

Tallahassee-area middle and high school science teachers gathered at the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory on March 9 for an all-day workshop on building water temperature sensors. The workshop was part of the Student Enabled Network of Sensors for the Environment using Innovative Technology (SENSE IT) project developed through the National Science Foundation and was Read More

Student Activities Deep-C Internship Program Summer Intership students from 2013

Deep-C’s internship program carefully matches educators and students majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields to research opportunities proposed by Deep-C scientists at the various Deep-C educational member institutions. The program offers participants opportunities to conduct research in various fields of science as well as gain real-world experience working with scientists on projects Read More

Student Activities ROV Workshop Teaches Marine Science and Underwater Technology to Educators and High School Students ROV Workshop

Aimed at exciting high school teachers and students about the possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) facilitated Deep-C’s first teacher workshop July 22-26, 2012. DISL designed the workshop to provide educators with an engaging and fun way to teach marine science and underwater technology in their classrooms. Read More

Student Activities Interested in implementing a “Scientists in the Schools” program at your institution? Trying to find the most efficient way to clean up an oil spill! Photo credit: Meredith Field

  Below are sample presentations being used by the Deep-C “Scientists in the Schools” program. If you are interested in implementing this program in your community, please contact us . We will be happy to provide you with the PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans (see examples below), as well as assessment materials. We may even Read More

Student Activities “Scientists in the Schools” Program Deep-C Researcher Arvind Shanthram explains plankton’s important place in the ocean food chain during a classroom visit. Photo Credit: Meredith Field

The Deep-C Consortium has implemented an innovative program, modeled after a successful initiative at Vanderbilt University, that connects middle school students with Deep-C research scientists. In partnership with local middle school science teachers, a series of three classroom visits are led by Deep-C scientists. The visits focus on providing students with insight into the issues Read More