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MME News
Massachusetts Marine Educators
March 2014
In This Issue
HS MarSci Symposium
WHOI Conference
Annual Marine Art Contest
Flotsam and Jetsam
Other Opportunities

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HS Marine Science Symposium 

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:00am - 1:00pm
        • South event @ UMass - Dartmouth
          Click here for program & registration info. 
        • North event @ Endicott College, Beverly
          Click here for program and registration info

Volunteers for the events are most welcome.  If you are interested in volunteering at either location, please email

Annual Conference at WHOI: Saturday, April 12th 
"Why Marine Microbes Matter"
        • Dr. Linda Amaral Zettler, MBL  Life in the "Plastisphere": Microbial Communities on Plastic Marine Debris
        • Dr. Krista Longnecker, WHOI Microbial Lunch: Organic Carbon with a Touch of Salt
        • Dr. Stefan Sievert, WHOI  Microbes at Deep Sea Vents

Click here for an event flyer and here for registration. Early Bird registration will be open through March 24th.

2014 Marine Art Contest 
In collaboration with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, MME is hosting its Annual Marine Art Contest. This year's theme is "Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary".  The deadline for submission is May 2, 2014.  For more information, click here.
Flotsam and Jetsam - Got Activities?
The Winter issue of F&J is online! The theme of this edition is "400 ppm", and this edition contains a number of articles and classroom activities related to climate change and the marine environment.

The Spring edition focuses on Marine Paleontology. We are always looking for educators to share their great stories and lesson plans! Please contact the F&J Editor if you are able to contribute.
New England Aquarium Workshops
Educators, join the New England Aquarium for various professional development experiences during school vacation week and/or summer break!
  * Wednesday, April 23rd - Closer Look workshop
  * July and August - 3 different summer courses
For more information, click here
Maritime Gloucester Summer Programs
Located on historic Harbor Loop, Maritime Gloucester offers a number of day programs and drop-in opportunities for youth. For more information, check out click here or visit the website
Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA)
Students are invited to take part in the COSA program at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center. A week-long middle school program runs from July 21-15, and a two-week long high school program runs from August 11-22. Click here for more info. 
Drifter-Building Workshop & Project
NERACOOS is partnering with researchers at WHOI and the NMFS on a research project that involves surface currents. A one-day PD opportunity will take place this spring for educators interested in building drifters with their students that will contribute to an active research study with drifter deployment this spring and summer. Stay tuned for more information!
MITS - Professional Development
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science offers numerous professional development opportunities for educators year-round.  Check out the spring seminars (including one on the new MA curriculum framework), March Sea Perch workshop, and summer learning institutes!
2014 From the Bow Seat Contest

From the Bow Seat announces its contest for 2014, which invites high school students to compete for cash prizes by tackling the issue of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean, individually or collaboratively, through ART, ADVOCACY or ESSAY options. The deadline is June 15, 2014, and more information can be found here

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NEAq Ocean Stewardship Awards
Do you know an educator or school group that aspires to live blue™--to take an active role in protecting our oceans and environment? If so, please nominate them for a New England Aquarium Ocean Stewardship Award!  Deadline is May 1, and more info is here.
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