Educator Opportunities & Resources
Activities and Resources: Resources to prep for your field trip
Underwater Robotics Workshops for Students (grades 5-12), Teachers, & Parents: November 3 & December 1
Marine Mammal Physiology Project: Science in your classroom: Prepare students for their tour at Long Marine Lab!
Seashell Science Education Kit (grades K-2): Classroom kit available for checkout
Peregrine Falcon Research and Conservation School Assemblies
TOPP.org: “Tagging of Pacific Predators” Classroom Resources
Visit the “Activities and Resources” page of our web site to access activities and forms designed to assist in planning your school or youth group’s visit to the Seymour Center. In addition to logistical information for teachers and chaperones, you’ll find a number of activities for elementary school students that can be led by chaperones during your group’s visit. Also provided are ready-to-copy activities for middle and high school students. Teacher answer keys are provided.
Ever wonder about the history of “Ms Blue,” our 87-foot blue whale skeleton? Puzzled by how to explain what science is and how it works to your kindergarten class? Find answers at the “Activities and Resources” page of our web site!
Two-part series: November 3 and December 1, 2012
The Seymour Center continues our long-standing partnership with the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center of Monterey Peninsula College (http://www.marinetech.org) to offer a two-part workshop series 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!
In Part 1 of the series, teachers and/or parent mentors learn what the MATE Center’s ROV program is all about, and how to get your students involved in the underwater robotics program and annual ROV contest held each spring. Part 2 of the series provides an opportunity for your students to design, build, and test their own ROV using simple, affordable materials.
Both workshops will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz. There is no fee to attend; however reservations are required for each workshop.
Part 1: Orientation for Teachers/Parents (grades 5-12)
Part 2: ROV Building Workshop for Students (grades 5-12)
For more information on the Underwater Robotics Workshop Series and MATE Center ROV Contest, download the information sheet, or contact workshop instructor Kim Swan at (831) 204-0098, or email@example.com.
To register for an Underwater Robotics workshop, click on the link below and you will be taken to the online registration page. If you are not redirected, copy the link into your web browser:
Seymour Center programs that include tours will afford students the opportunity to learn about the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at Long Marine Lab. This project is a living classroom where students, scientists, and animals work together to solve some of the great underwater mysteries of marine mammals. Prepare students for their tour and integrate these cutting edge adventures into your classroom by visiting www.mmpp.ucsc.edu prior to your field trip. Learn how scientists work cooperatively with resident dolphins, Puka and Primo, and other marine animals that your students will see on their tour, to directly translate their work into the preservation of marine ecosystems.
The Marine Mammal Physiology Project web site features:
The Seymour Center has partnered with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (http://www.santacruzmuseums.org) to offer a seashell education kit for teachers. The Seashell Science kit contains shells representing nearly 30 species of marine animals from Monterey Bay. Curriculum suggestions for grades K-2 are included, focusing on adaptive features of seashore animals. Activities are aligned with California Science Content Standards and challenge students to sharpen their observation skills, while incorporating language and creative arts. In addition to the shell collection and curriculum, the kit also includes activity sheets, answer keys, two reference books, and a teacher preview pass to visit the Seymour Center.
To learn more about the Seashell Science kit call the Seymour Center at (831) 459-3800.
Seashell Science is now available for checkout. To reserve Seashell Science or other education kits for loan from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, call the museum at (831) 420-6115 or visit http://www.santacruzmuseums.org/education/school/kits/index.htm for more information. Kits are available by reservation only.
The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG), based at Long Marine Lab was instrumental in the effort to bring the peregrine falcon back from the brink of extinction, and now they want to share the inspiring story of the peregrine with your students.
Scientists and educators from the SCPBRG are available to visit your school for assemblies and class visits for students in grades three through adult. Students will meet a live peregrine falcon during the presentation, learn about the peregrine’s amazing adaptations for survival, and hear the stories of the dedicated scientists whose work led to the removal of these fascinating predators from the Endangered Species List.
Great teaching resources and activities for your students are also available.
Integrate exciting marine science and technology into your curriculum by following the adventures of leatherback turtles, white sharks, elephant seals, and other great ocean predators on TOPP.org. TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Predators) scientists from around the world attached satellite tags to over 20 different species that roam the Pacific Ocean. Tags send daily updates allowing students to follow the real-time movements of animals like “Omoo” the white shark, “Genevieve” the leatherback sea turtle, and “Stelephant Colbert” the elephant seal.
TOPP.org is an interactive playground featuring life history and “fun facts” on each species, blogs from scientists in the field, “ask-a-scientist” features, and curriculum ideas for your classroom. Explore “Ocean” in Google Earth using data from TOPP critters and learn more about each tagged animal by visiting its Facebook page!
TOPP is a project of the Census of Marine Life.
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