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Massachusetts Marine Educators
 March 2015
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The North Shore High School Marine Science Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 18th from 8:15am - 1:00pm at Salem State University. Click here to access the registration pack. The deadline to register is March 6th, or whenever the event fills up (space is limited!).

Unfortunately, MME is not able to offer a South Coast HSMSS this year - but hopes to bring it back in 2016.
MME is pleased to announce its annual Marine Art Contest, which is open to students in grades K-12. This year's theme is "Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Maine. Cash prizes will be made in five categories: Elementary, Middle, High, Scientific Illustration, and Computer Graphics/Photography. 
For more information, including deadlines and submission instructions, please click here.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 for our annual conference and meeting at WHOI This year's theme will be Marine Technology. Keynote speakers include WHOI's Gwyneth Packard and Northastern's Liz Magee, and several tours will be offered as well. Updates will be posted here.
Flotsam and Jetsam - Thar She Blows!
The Winter issue of F&J is online! The theme of this edition is "Plankton", and includes features on plankton studies in the Indian Ocean, red tides, and resources for students to build and utilize their own plankton nets. 

The Spring issue will focus on Strandings. We're always looking for educators to share stories and lesson plans! Contact the F&J Editor to contribute.
Climate Adaptation PD Opportunity

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting educator PD titled "Bouncing Back: Preparing for a Changing Coast".  The event is Weds, March 18th. Click here for more info. 

Professional Development with MITS
Join the Museum Institute for Teaching Science for educator professional development on a variety of topics such as ecology, astronomy, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Four seminars are being offered this winter/spring, as well as six regional summer institute. Click here for more information.
"From the Bow Seat" Contest Open

From the Bow Seat announces its contest for 2015, which invites high school students to compete for cash prizes by tackling the issue of "Our Oceans, Our Plastic", individually or collaboratively. The deadline is June 15, 2015. More information can be found here. 

Marine Science Careers Symposium

The Boston Sea Rovers will be hosting the COMS event on March 6 in Danvers. The symposium includes presentations and discussions of career opportunities in the Marine Sciences. It is free to area students and teachers with confirmed reservations.


Coastal Ocean Science Academy
The Northeastern University Marine Science Center is pleased to announce its annual Coastal Ocean Science Academy.  A 1-week program for middle schoolers and a 2-week program for high schoolers are being offered.  Some scholarships are available for eligible students, and a shuttle is offered from several MBTA stations.  For more information, click here.
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2015 NEAq Ocean Stewardship Awards

Do you know a teacher 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! The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2015 (self-nominations welcome). For more info, click here.


NMEA in Newport is fast approaching!

Take advantage of the proximity of this year's NMEA conference, which will be held in Newport, RI from June 29-July 2.  A number of field trips are being planned, including a 2-day field trip to Block Island. Check out all that will be happening by clicking here MME will definitely see you there!

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