OCEANIA Marine Educators Association

OCEANIA Marine Educators Association

Thursday, April 28, 2011

OCEANIA update for spring National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) newsletter

Membership Meeting
OCEANIA hosted a membership meeting featuring a guest presentation on octopus by Dr. James Wood, the new Associate Director of the Waikiki Aquarium, good food & fun, beautiful NOAA sanctuary setting, and celebration of NMEA twister winners from 2010!
Dr. James Wood presents on octopus to OCEANIA members at membership meeting

NMEA Twister Champs: Jeff Kuwabara and Alyssa Gundersen share off the rewards of their labor from the 2010 conference.

Marine Debris Conference
In March, OCEANIA members attended the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, which brought together 440 participants representing 38 countries.
5th International Marine Debris Conference Logo

C-MORE Science Kits
To connect OCEANIA with students and teachers, OCEANIA supporter C-MORE (Center for Microbial Oceanography Research & Education) now has 14 science kit lending libraries in HI, CA, MA and OR, featuring hands-on science on a variety of oceanography topics (cmore.soest.hawaii.edu).

Ocean FEST (Families Exploring Science Together)
Ocean FEST is a collaboration between C-MORE and HIMB.  A teacher/parent guide to Ocean FEST activities can be downloaded from http://oceanfest.soest.hawaii.edu.

Cartesian Divers in action at Ocean Fest.

Teaching Science as Inquiry Professional Development Courses
Teachers in Hawaii are currently participating in a 4-part aquatic science professional development course in Teaching Science as Inquiry with two new cohorts starting this fall and free curriculum materials available online to teachers nationwide.

Maui County and Big Island Cohorts can apply now: