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GEMS Ocean Sciences Sequences Educator Workshop: Saturday, January 30, 2016 (Currently FULL. Scroll down to join the Wait List.)

Underwater Robotics: Coming Fall 2016

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GEMS Ocean Sciences Sequence Educator WorkshopTeachers Globe
Diving into the Next Generation Science Standards through Ocean Sciences

Saturday, January 30, 2016
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Currently FULL. Scroll down to join the Wait List.)

Download the GEMS Ocean Sciences Educator Workshop flier.

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:
Instructors will share activities focused on some core ideas of ocean sciences. They will model how students gain deep understanding via argumentation while constructing explanations from evidence, as called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), 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 convene in grade-level breakouts (grades 3­–5 and 6–8) to focus on specific NGSS-aligned ocean sciences concepts.  They will spend time exploring what arguing from evidence looks like at different grade spans using activities from the GEMS® Ocean Sciences Sequences* curriculum. Following this, participants will practice gathering evidence about animal adaptations and making hypotheses based on that evidence during a live invertebrate lab. Sample lessons will be provided.

*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.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (see map).

$80 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.

CEUs: 0.5 Continuing Education Units from Dominican University are available for this workshop. The estimated additional cost for the CEU will be $30-$40 (due on the day of the workshop).

To join the Wait List:
Please fill out the GEMS Ocean Science Educator Workshop WAIT LIST form. If space becomes available, we will contact those on the wait list in the order that their interest form was received.

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 2016. Join our Educator Mailing List to be notified when date and registration information becomes available.

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 will be required.

Please note: To accommodate as many schools/organizations as possible, space will be limited to five participants per school/organization.

For more information on the Underwater Robotics Workshop and MATE Center ROV Contest, contact the MATE Center at (831) 645-1393.


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