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MME News
Massachusetts Marine Educators
April 2014
In This Issue
WHOI Conference
Annual Marine Art Contest
Drifter Workshop
Flotsam and Jetsam
Other Opportunities

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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.

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.
Drifter-Building Workshop & Project

What:    Professional development opportunity

When:   Saturday, May 10th from 10am - 4pm

Where:  Woods Hole Oceanograpic Institute

Who:     Members of MME, GOMMEA, & SENEME


Sponsored by: NERACOOS, WHOI, and NMFS


Click here to register or download a flyer here!

Flotsam and Jetsam - Got Activities?
The Spring issue of F&J is online! The theme of this edition is "Marine Paleontology", and this edition contains a number of articles and classroom activities related to geology and marine fossils.

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.
Trash Talking Turtles
A creative approach to solving local and global trash problems!
Join the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation this summer by creating and displaying a Trash Talking Turtle at the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Contest from July 18-20.  For more information, email or click here for a flyer!
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
An Evening with Dr. Kara Lavender Law
Plastics at Sea: The Science of Ocean Garbage Patches
Join the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association for an evening of marine education! The event takes place on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00pm in the Franklin Theater, Wayneflete School (360 Spring Street, Portland, ME).  For more information, call Carol at 207-831-4436.
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. 
Alliance for Climate Education
MME was pleased to host ACE as a keynote presenter at its recent North Shore HS Marine Science Symposium.  Students learned about what they can do to be a part of the solution.  ACE has a webpage dedicated to oceans and climate change that it's pleased to share with the marine education community...check it out here!
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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