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Annual Meeting and Conference at Woods Hole

Events - Whoi ConferenceEvery spring, our Annual Meeting and Conference is held at the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The conference includes two keynote presentations, afternoon workshops, and time to network with fellow educators. The theme varies each year based on current topics in marine science. The theme for the 2017 conference is Revealing Our Ocean’s Secrets and Bringing them Into the Classroom. Past topics have included The Global Ocean, Invasive Species, Climate Change, Diving into STEM, and Ocean Acidification.

  • Audience: Classroom and informal educators interested in marine science
  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. followed by reception at SEA Education
  • Location: Clark Building WHOI Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, MA
  • Cost: $90 before March 28, $95 after March 28, $100 walk-in, $55 students/lifetime members
  • Flyer: Click here to download an event flyer
  • Registration: Click here to register

Schedule of Events
8:30 a.m.     Registration in Clark Laboratory, outside Clark 5th Floor
9:00 a.m.     Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m.     Keynote Speakers
12:00 p.m.   Business Meeting and Awards, Complementary Lunch, Exhibits
1:30 p.m.     Workshop #1
3:00 p.m.     Workshop #2
4:15 p.m.     Social Reception at Sea Education Association


Hands Across the Water: Introducing Students to Science at Sea
Kenneth Kostel, Web Writer/Editor, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Insights into Leatherback Behavior using Tags, Cameras and Robots
Dr. Kara Dodge, Postdoctoral Investigator, Biology Dept., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Seabird CSI: Using Chemical Tools to Study the Biology of Seabirds
Unfortunately, birds cannot communicate about their diet, their preferred habitat, or their ailments; seabird scientists must instead use a range of different chemical and biological tools to piect together such crucial ecological data. This workshop will offer attendees insight into ongoing seabird research in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Attendees will get a behind the scenes look at data collection, chemical tools and instruments in use, sample analyses, and current results describing seabird diet, plastic ingestion, and exposure to human-created pollutants. Attendees will be presented with a scalable classroom activity related to the described seabird research and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (relevant to NGSS HS-PS1-11(MA)).
Grade Level: 7-12, designed for chemistry teachers and other educators with an interest in marine chemistry and biochemistry.
Session 1 or 2

How Do We Explore?
With an eye to the NGSS, come explore technology-based activities from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, Volume 2: How Do We Explore? We will dive into hands-on and computer-based activities focused on multibeam sonar mapping, including building a 3D bathymetric map, and consider the engineering design process as we build a robotic arm. Participants will also learn about current expeditions exploring the unknown deep waters of the Pacific Ocean and how to find associated online education resources. Lesson books and other resources will be provided.
Grade Level: 6-12
Double Session 1 & 2

Turtle TLC: Using Sea Turtles, Cape Cod Sea Turtle Strandings, and Turtle Rehabilitation as Subject Material for STEM Lessons
Do you love turtles? Are you interested in incorporating turtles into your curriculum? Turtles can be used as subject material for just about any STEM/STEAM/STREAM lesson you would like to teach! In this workshop, learn more about sea turtles of Cape Cod, why they strand, and how they are rehabilitated. Then, learn how this information can be incorporated into educational activities. Walk away with lesson plans that you can bring back to your classroom.
Grade Level: 3-8 and HS biology/environmental science
Session 2

Tour of WHOI’s New High Speed Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
MME members participating in this special tour will learn about the newest scientific equipment being used to detect a wide range of chemicals found in the ocean and in the bodies of marine creatures. A member of the lab will relate stories about recent exciting and intriguing developments.
Grade Level: 7-12, designed for chemistry teachers and other educators with an interest in marine chemistry and biochemistry. Warning: for medical reasons, persons with pacemakers or metal implants should not enter the room for the tour as the flagship instrument can disrupt operation.
Sessions 1 or 2

Using Atlantic Salmon Telemetry Data and Developing Stream Obstruction Bypass Solutions
Based on research by scientists with the Northeast Salmon Team (NEST) at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, this activity models real life research. NEST is tasked with gathering information on the critically endangered Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon population. In activity one, participants will focus on the journey salmon smolts take as they migrate “downstream” to the ocean. We will work with real telemetry data and see the various challenges these fish face on their perilous journey, the information we can get from telemetry data, and how we can use that information in salmon conservation. In activity two, we focus on the challenge of obstructions, such as dams or roads, and the current solutions being utilized.
Grade Level: 5-8
Session 1 or 2

The Educational Whale Watch
A whale watch field trip can be an exciting experience for students, many of whom may never have been out on the water. But this ocean safari can also be a great opportunity to model scientific research and to explore a variety of STEM topics, including anatomy and physiology, seafloor geology, wind/waves/weather, and food web dynamics. Even if you can’t afford a whale watch trip, Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary’s life-sized inflatable whale can make a trip to your school. Explore activities based on actual research and real data.
Grade Level: 4-12
Session 2

Discovering Oceanography and Meteorology with Real-Time NERACOOS Buoy Data
A series of buoys rings the Gulf of Maine, providing data on a wide variety of oceanographic and meteorological conditions, including temperature, wave height, wind speed, current direction, and much more. Learn how students can monitor hourly reports and analyze the relationships between variables.
Grade Level: 4-12; bring a wi-fi enabled laptop or tablet
Session 1 or 2




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