LIfe at the Seashore Educator Workshop 

seashore2Sunday, February 26, 2017 • 10 AM-2:30 PM

The Seymour Center invites you to join us as we dive in to Life at the Seashore, a science unit developed by the MARE program specifically for 1st grade teachers. Learn how to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your classroom teaching from Sarah Pedemonte of the MARE Program, part of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.

Life at the Seashore is a new NGSS-designed unit that addresses the science ideas of how plants and animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. In this workshop, teachers will become familiar with the curriculum and how it supports three-dimensional instruction. We’ll engage in selected actMAREivities from the unit, then examine how they build students’ conceptual understanding of the content (Disciplinary Core Ideas) using Crosscutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices. We’ll reflect on how each of these aspects of science is made explicit within the curriculum for both the teacher and the students. We’ll also share strategies for revisiting the ideas and practices throughout the unit and even the school year. Life at the Seashore also correlates with Common Core State Standards, and is an excellent stand-alone unit or classroom complement to the Seymour Center’s Awesome Adaptations Discovery Lab.

This workshop includes an electronic version of the unit in Microsoft Word.

Location: workshop will be held at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Registration deadline: February 23, 2017

Registration: Complete and submit the information in this Life at the Seashore Registration Form. Life at the Seashore MARE Workshop Registration Form.

 Cost: $120 per person*. Includes lunch, an electronic copy of the NGSS-aligned Life at the Seashore unit, all-day admission to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, free admission on a return visit, and 10% off in the Ocean Discovery Shop. *Some scholarship support may be available. Support and sponsorship provided by the Estate of Louis Sapiro.

Information: For more information, call the Seymour Center at (831) 459-3800.

CEUs: 0.5 Continuing Education Units from Dominican University are available for this workshop and requires teaching a lesson and written reflections. The additional cost for the CEU will be approximately $30 (due on the day of the workshop).

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Morning Session: 10 AM-12 PM  or  Afternoon Session: 1-3 PM

FOX_1839_smallJoin the Seymour Center and Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center of Monterey Peninsula College for a 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 also have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own ROV using simple, affordable materials.

The workshop will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz. Morning session (10 AM-12 PM) or afternoon session (1-3 PM) available. There is no fee to attend, however, reservations are required.

Each workshop session will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz.

There is no fee to attend; however, advanced registration is required.

To register: If interesting in registering for next year’s fall 2017 workshop, please join our Educator Mailing List to be notified when new educator workshops become available. Complete this form, or call us at (831) 459-3800.

For more information on the Underwater Robotics Workshop and MATE Center ROV Contest, contact workshop instructor Kim Swan at (831) 402-9014 or

Join our Educator Mailing List to be notified when new educator workshops become available. Complete this form, or call us at (831) 459-3800.



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July 22 - July 30, 2017
For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing shark adaptations!

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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