Monthly Archives: October 2013

C-MEDSCitizen ScienceGoMRI ScientistsPeople 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

Class ProjectsClassroom MaterialsCWCWorksheets/Activities Worksheets: Oil Spill and Coastal Marshes Educational Activity Book 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. Click to download PDF (2 MB) Click to download PDF – Spanish (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

DROPPSPeopleTeachers and Students 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

Deep-CPeopleTeachers 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 in Read More

Audio-VideoCARTHEShort Clips (<15 Minutes) 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

Class ProjectsClassroom MaterialsDeep-CLesson 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

Deep-CGoMRI ScientistsPeopleTeachers and Students 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 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 were led by Deep-C scientists. The visits focused on providing students with insight into the issues being Read More