MASSACHUSETTS MARINE EDUCATORS - FEBRUARY 2016
Supporting educators to inspire students of all ages to be stewards of the ocean by providing learning opportunities, meaningful experiences and relevant resources for marine education since 1969.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT WOODS HOLE

The 40th MME Conference and Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 9th with a theme of Practicing Marine Science: Models for the Classroom. The event will be held at a new venue this year, the Clark Building at the WHOI Quissett Campus. Check out our exciting keynote presentations:

Where Does the Gulf Stream Go?
Dr. Ben Harden, Assistant Professor of Oceanography
Sea Education Association

Using Marine Mammals as a "Hook" to Engage K-12 Students in Science
Dr. Carla Curran, Associate Professor of Marine Sciences
Savannah State University

The event will also include afternoon workshops, lab tours, and a reception at Sea Education Association. Click here for more information and a link to registration.
SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR MME AWARDS

Each year, MME recognizes the exemplary contributions of colleagues working to advance marine education in Massachusetts through the presentation of several awards at its Annual Meeting (see above). There are four categories of awards:
  • MME Annual Award of Distinction
  • MME Marine Educator Award
  • Nap J. Buonaparte Service Award
  • MME Certificates of Appreciation
Nominations forms, accessible here, should be emailed to Lydia at lebreen212@gmail.com by the deadline of March 15th.
MARINE ART CONTEST

In conjunction with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, MME is pleased to announce the 2016 Marine Art Contest with the theme "Amazing Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary". Open to students from K-12, submissions of original art are welcomed in the following categories:
  • Elementary School - Grades K-4
  • Middle School - Grades 5-8
  • High School - Grades 9-12
  • Scientific Illustration - All Grades
  • Computer Graphics & Photography - All Grades 
Modest cash prizes will be awarded to winners in each category, as well as a few special categories. A photo gallery of images from past years can be viewed here.

Click here for an event flyer. The deadline for submissions is April 29th, 2016. For more information, please email anne.smrcina@noaa.gov or call 781-545-8026 ext. 204.
HS MARINE SCIENCE SYMPOSIA

MME is pleased to join forces with Northeastern University's Marine Science Center to bring together 525 high schoolers hailing from 26 different schools at two sold-out events in March. They will be treated to hands-on workshops and talks delivered by local experts who will share their knowledge, skills, and passion for marine science-related research, education, and practice. Our keynote presenters are:
  • Boston/March 9Seeing Deeper into the World of the Great White Shark, presented by Dr. Greg Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Salem/March 16Penguin Pursuits: An Unexpected Career presented by Dyan deNapoli, "The Penguin Lady
Stay tuned for an event report in our spring Flotsam and Jetsam!
SLEEK NEW LOOK FOR F&J!
The winter issue of MME's quarterly newsletter, F&J, is now online and available here. The theme for this edition is Marine Archaeology. The Spring edition focused on Corals will be out in April.

If you would like to submit any related lesson plans or other educator resources, please email them the F&J editor at dimmick@esteacher.org. 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Beneath the Waves Film Festival - In collaboration with the organization Beneath the Waves, the Northeastern University Marine Biology Club invites you to an evening of marine conservation-themed film and dialogue on March 31st at 7pm on the University's main campus in Boston. Popcorn and lemonade will be served at this free public event. Click here for more info.

STE Standards Workshop - The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) and MassTEC are hosting a free member event aimed at improving understand of the new 2016 Science Technology / Engineering (STE) Standards. They will be held on March 19 (Kingston and Springfield) and April 9 (Ipswich and Northboro). To join either organization, please click each organization's link above. Members of either organization can register here.

Sea Perch Workshop and Summer Institutes - The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) has launched its spring Sea Perch Workshop on May 9-10 for educators wanting to learn how to build and teach with remotely operated vehicles underwater. It has also announced its Summer Professional Development Institutes, which include some fantastic marine-related offerings.

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit - The National Aquarium is inviting high school students to the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on April 17th at the National Aquarium-Baltimore. The YOCS was created to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. Click here for more information. The deadline to apply is April 1st.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center is accepting applications for its annual Coastal Ocean Science Academy, which engages students in field-based research on local coastal ecosystems. A one-week program for middle schoolers and a two-week program for high schoolers are offered. Some scholarships are available, as is transportation to Nahant from the MBTA. Click here for more information.


Don't see your program or event here?  Please submit your listings to c.mccauley@neu.edu for inclusion in the next e-newsletter!
SAVE THE DATE!

National Science Teachers Association, Nashville: Mar 31-Apr 3, 2016
MME Annual Meeting, Woods Hole: April 9, 2016
National Marine Educators Meeting, Orlando: June 25-July 1, 2016
NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit, Portland: November 3-4, 2016

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