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GEMS Ocean Science Educator Workshop
Engaging Students in the Core Ideas of Ocean Sciences, and the NGSS Practices of Science and Cross-cutting Concepts

The April 26, 2014 GEMS Ocean Science Educator Workshop has been canceled due to low enrollment. Please help us reschedule the workshop by taking this short two-question “Reschedule Survey” letting us know what time of year works best for you to attend.


Workshop InformationTeachers Globe
Join us for this timely professional development opportunity for teachers of grades 3-8, offered by GEMS and MARE educators from the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Morning Session:
Experiences focused on the core ideas in ocean sciences will be shared. We will model how students gain expertise via argumentation while constructing explanations from evidence, as called for in the Next Generation Science Standards for K–12, and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Implications for the science and language arts classroom will be addressed.

Afternoon Session:
Participants will have the opportunity to dive deeper as we convene in grade-level breakouts (grades 3­–5 and 6–8). This session will focus on specific NGSS-aligned ocean sciences concepts. We will spend time exploring what arguing from evidence looks like at different grade spans as we engage in activities from the GEMS® Ocean Sciences Sequences* curriculum. Sample lessons will be provided. The afternoon will also include a live invertebrate lab enabling participants to practice gathering evidence about animal adaptations and making hypotheses based on that evidence.

*The GEMS® Ocean Sciences Sequences curriculum builds students’ understanding of Earth systems science and the practices of science as called for in the Next Generation Science Standards. These sequences provide educators with the tools to teach essential science concepts in the unique and important context of ocean science.

$50 per person. Includes lunch, all day admission to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, free admission on a return visit, and 10% off in the Ocean Discovery Shop.

Please note that a minimum number of participants are required for this workshop. If the minimum is not met, you will be notified and fully refunded.

To register:
Once the workshop is rescheduled, check this space for a link to the online registration form. Please help us reschedule the workshop by taking this short two-question “Reschedule Survey” letting us know what time of year works best for you to attend.

For more information contact:
Suzanne Hebert, Youth Programs Manager
Seymour Marine Discovery  Center
(831) 459-5725;


Underwater Robotics Workshop
for students (grades 5-12), teachers, & parents

The next Underwater Robotics Workshop will be held in Fall 2014. If you would like to be notified when our online registration form becomes available, please call us at (831) 459-3800 and ask to be added to the Educator Mailing List.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 FOX_1839_small
Morning session 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Afternoon session 1-3 p.m.

Join the Seymour Center and the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center for this workshop designed to teach students in grades 5-12, and their teachers or parents, how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Learn how to incorporate marine science, technology, and physical science concepts into your curriculum by spending a day at the pool building an ROV!

The workshop will introduce participants to the MATE Center’s ROV program and explain how students can participate in the annual ROV contest held each spring. Students and adults will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own ROV using simple, affordable materials.

Each workshop session will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz. There is no fee to attend; however reservations are required using the online registration form below. To accommodate as many schools/organizations as possible, space is limited to five participants per school/organization.

For more information on the Underwater Robotics Workshop, call us at (831) 459-3800.


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Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


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Science Sunday
Mapping Marine Mammal Health

Sunday, July 20
Join Dr. Claire Simeone, Conservation Medicine Veterinarian from The Marine Mammal Center for a discussion about the Marine Mammal Health Map project.

Behind-the-Scene Tours
Learn more about exciting marine research behind the scenes and experience the spectacular surroundings of our location.

Wharf Tours
Take a tour a half-mile out to sea—without leaving the shore



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