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Lesson PlansMaterials DEEPEND Releases New Teaching Module 4892

The new module Nature in Science targets grades 6-12 and utilizes consortium research data to clearly describe the scientific method, including what is science, how is science conducted, and how is science communicated. The full 45-page module is available for download from the DEEPEND website and here on the GoMRI Education site.  

Lesson PlansMaterials The Gulf of Mexico multidisciplinary curriculum — Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity Curriculum

Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity: Utilizing scientific research to help students make connections between the theoretical nature of science and real world applications, was developed around the five main research areas of the Deep-C Consortium: geomorphology, geochemistry, ecology, physical oceanography, and modeling. Each module includes five cumulative lessons, background information on the topic, relevant supplementary Read More

Fact SheetsGoMRI ScienceLesson PlansMaterialsResearch StoriesStudent Activities A Brittle Sea Star May be a Coral’s Best Friend Brittle sea stars cling to deep sea coral. Photo Credit: ECOGIG

Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal recently released a new article in partnership with the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) consortium called A Brittle Sea Star May be a Coral’s Best Friend. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, ECOGIG researchers began studying the impacts of oil on deep sea corals. They noticed a Read More

Fact SheetsLesson PlansMaterialsStudent Activities Education Spotlight – Summer 2017 GoMRI Newsletter 4751a

GoMRI Outreach Coordinators Lauren Bracken, from the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), and Jessie Kastler, from the Consortium for Oil Exposure Pathways in Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems (CONCORDE), attended the 2017 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Annual Conference from June 25-29 in Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s theme was Seas of Change: Lowcountry Lessons in Resiliency. Read More

GoMRI ScientistsGoMRI StudentsLesson PlansMaterialsOutreachStudent ActivitiesTeachers and Students Virtual Lab Creates More “Wow” Moments in Science Discovery 4009a

A child’s face lit up with wonder as she peered into a microscope for the first time and discovered a new world. Researchers at the Miami-based RECOVER consortium want experiences like this to happen more often for more students, so they designed and developed the RECOVER Virtual Lab. Now, scientists can engage students ages 8 Read More

Lesson PlansMaterials DEEPEND Releases Marine Navigation Learning Module 3934

The module is the fourth in a series of marine environment-focused teaching and learning modules developed by the consortium for grades 6 – 12. This module focuses on navigating marine environments, particularly historical and current human navigation and animal navigation. The module is available for download here. This module is the fourth in a series of Read More

Lesson PlansTeachers and Students DEEPEND Blog Introduces Kids to Bioacoustics 24 hr Vertical Migration Pattern of the Deep Scattering Layer in N. Gulf of Mexico

Another one of the key components to the DEEPEND research is the collection of sound data! It’s called bio-acoustics and it’s another form of taking data that turns sounds into pictures for us to see! Ben, from Florida International University, was on the last cruise working the acoustics and was able to use the data Read More

Lesson Plans K-6th Grade Lesson Plan: Taking Science Deeper Activities deepend_wide_logo_squirt

The Deep Plagic Nekton Dynamics (DEEPEND) Consortium has created lesson plans for “Taking Science Deeper” Activities. Click the links below to download these lesson plans… Book 1: Introduction to the Deep Sea Book 2: Deep-Sea Animals Book 3: Hagfish Day! Book 4: Ocean Currents and Pollution Awareness For additional educational materials from DEEPEND, click here…. Kids Read More

Lesson PlansStudent Activities DEEPEND visits New River Middle School 2848a

Story posted by Nina Pruzinsky on DEEPEND’s BLOG On Friday, March 4, 2016, Mike Novotny and Nina Pruzinsky visited Mr. Kyle Lendick’s 6th grade Marine Science classes at New River Middle School. The three classes spent several weeks completing DEEPEND’s grade 6-8 lesson plans (found in the Education/Outreach section under Education, Resources, Lesson Plans) before Read More

Lesson PlansStudent Activities SeaGlide Educator Workshop, 2016 2816a

Twenty teachers turn water bottles into mini SeaGliders The research and science behind projects like LADC-GEMM can often seem high-brow, inaccessible, and even confusing.   So, one of the ways the LADC-GEMM project aims to demystify ocean science is by using the popularity of robotic ocean gliders – like our charismatic “Otis” and “Clyde”- to engage teachers Read More

Lesson PlansLinksVideo and Podcasts DISPATCHES FROM THE GULF DOCUMENTARY 2726_dispatches-flyer

Screenscope, Inc. has completed production of the Dispatches from the Gulf documentary film, which features scientists working to better understand the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dispatches from the Gulf is the newest episode in the Journey to Planet Earth series and is narrated by Matt Damon. Screenings location and dates of the Read More

Lesson Plans DEEPEND Lesson Plans and Activities Available Online DEEPEND_Lesson_Plans_2176

The free, downloadable classroom materials cover topics ranging from bioluminescence to hydrothermal vent food webs and include curricula, experiment instructions, and coloring sheets! K-5 Taking Science Deeper Activities Book 1: Introduction to the Deep Sea Book 2: Deep-Sea Animals Book 3: Hagfish Day! Book 4: Ocean Currents and Pollution Awareness Coloring Sheet – Deep Red Read More

Lesson PlansTeachers and Students K-12 Science Classroom Activities in Spanish by CWC CWC small logo

Actividades de clase K-12 en Español The lesson plans below are oil spill related and inspired by GoMRI funded research. Some of these are general, and it may be necessary to modify the activities for specific grade levels.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Murt Conover, Senior Marine Educator of the Coastal Waters Read More

Lesson PlansLinksStudent Activities NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program for Teachers and Students

Welcome to NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program! As coordinator of the NOAAA’s adopt a Drifter Program (ADP), I welcome you to this unique opportunity to hop on the back of a drifting buoy as it hitches a ride across our vast oceans, monitoring ocean currents and sea surface temperatures. I am excited to help Read More

Lesson PlansMaterials New Release: Gulf of Mexico Multidisciplinary High School Curriculum Deep-C High School Curriculum Now Available Online

A team of scientists and education staff with the Deep-C Consortium developed a user-friendly curriculum to help students make connections between the theoretical nature of science and real world applications. This education tool uses application-based science to improve Gulf of Mexico literacy and addresses issues such as environmental disasters, their impacts on ocean ecosystems, and Read More

Fact SheetsLesson PlansStudent Activities Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) – Education and Outreach Program Scientistsnpublic

The Coastal Waters Consortium’s Education and Outreach program translates research investigating the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on coastal ecosystems into understandable formats for all levels of society.  The program facilitates interactions of students, teachers, adults and other community members with CWC Scientists through the following initiatives and programs:  K-12 Education Teacher Education Read More

Lesson PlansStudent Activities NOAA’s Adopt a Drifter Program Adopt a Drifter

Drifters are continually being deployed from ships around the world. They last for approximately 400 days unless they collide with land (like an island) in the ocean, or their batteries fail. Each drifter is assigned a WMO ID # (World Meteorological Organization Identification Number) so the data can be archived. In 2005 the goal to 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

Lesson Plans A Bug’s Life- Gulf of Mexico edition This experiment will test if the insects will die (i.e., the yellow color changing paper turning red once it comes in contact  with a weak basic solution) once they have come in contact with crude oil through various exposure routes.

Many times, people think about the environmental impacts of an oil spill and the main organisms (impacted) that come to mind are marine mammals, crustaceans, fish, birds, and even mollusks. Insects are often forgotten, but some species are closely associated to soil and plant life; therefore, some insects are of high ecological value. Some insects Read More

Lesson Plans Chia Pets in Oily Situations After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, a heavy layer of oiled vegetation mats were preventing the thick emulsified oil underneath from breaking down along Barataria Bay’s marshes. (NOAA/Scott Zengel)

Coastal wetland vegetation is essential to the coastal area because it provides a barrier for the local community, a nursery habitat for juvenile organisms, and a highly productive environment for the marine life. This form of vegetation has a very high potential to come in contact with pollution, originating from inshore or offshore sources, because Read More

Lesson Plans Coating Deepwater Coral with Sweets 1181_m

Deepwater coral reefs, aptly known as cold-water coral reefs, can be formed by the carbon created when bacteria biodegrade oil from natural seeps nearby. Oil spills can be easily devastating to coral reefs, ranging from the reefs at the surface of the water, directly subsurface, and even cold-water corals.