Scroll down for information about our upcoming Educator Workshops:

Underwater Robotics: Saturday, November 1, 2014 (Currently taking registrations for the wait list.)
GEMS Ocean Science Educator Workshop: Saturday, January 31, 2015 (CEUs just added!)

 To join our Educator Mailing List, please call us at (831) 459-3800.


Underwater Robotics Workshop for Students (grades 5-12), Teachers, & Parents

Currently, the workshop is full. However, we do anticipate some spaces becoming available, so please register using the link below to be added to the wait list.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 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 (see below).

To register:
Visit the Underwater Robotics Workshop Registration Form.

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 workshop instructor Kim Swan at (831) 204-0098 or


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

Saturday, January 31, 2015
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Download the GEMS Ocean Science 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 the core ideas of ocean sciences. They will model how students gain expertise via argumentation while constructing explanations from evidence, as called for in the *Next Generation Science Standards, 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.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (see map).

$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.

CEUs: 0.5 Continuing Education Units from Dominican University are available for this workshop. The estimated additional cost for the CEU will be $50-$60 (due on the day of the workshop).

To register:
Visit the GEMS Ocean Science Educator Workshop Registration Form.

Please note that a minimum of 30 participants are required for this workshop. If the minimum is not met, you will be notified and fully refunded.

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


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