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Underwater Robotics: Saturday, November 7, 2015
GEMS Ocean Sciences Sequences Educator Workshop: Saturday, January 30, 2016

To join our Educator Mailing List, complete this form, or call us at (831) 459-3800.


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

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 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 WAIT LIST 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) 402-9014 or


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.

Download the GEMS Ocean Sciences Educator Workshop flier (coming soon).

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 $50 (due on the day of the workshop).

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

Please note that a minimum of 25 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;


Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


December 16, 5-7pm

Become a part of our team! Come learn how you can become a Seymour Center Volunteer.

Fantastic opportunity available; apply now! Applications due November 29.

Call for proposals

Applications available now for UCSC graduate and undergraduate students. Applications due Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Attention Teachers!
Space is still available for K-14 marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

December 13, 12-5:30pm

Enjoy children's activities while shopping for gifts by local artists and crafts people at the Seymour Center!

You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!


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