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Educator Professional Development Programs (2015-2019)


Science Communication Workshop for Polar Scientists

Educators  assisted scientists in building science communication skills (Ocean Science Meeting, February 21, 2016  New Orleans, LA at the Aquarium of the Americas).  Fourteen educators from thirteen states participated in this workshop.  Participating educators worked directly with 2-3 polar researchers at the Scientist Communication Series workshop to brainstorm effective practices for the scientists to communicate their research to broader audiences.  Agenda and list of educator participants. 

EARTH Workshop

The MBARI EARTH program, was developed and sponsored by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  It  engages K-12 educators in the development of innovative lessons plans that use polar data.

Science Investigations (Sci-I) Workshop

Science Investigation (Sci-I) Educator Workshops are designed to increase student skills in designing and conducting science investigations as well as analyzing and interpreting data in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) requirements. Educators participating in the Sci-I workshops will be invited to attend the Student Polar Research Symposiums, where students develop science posters and meet polar scientists.

Educator Polar ICE Summit 2019 and Past Workshops offered at National Education Conferences

  • Educator Workshop at NSTA Regional Conference in Minneapolis – October 29, 2016, Minneapolis Convention Center.   Workshop Resources.
  • Educator Workshop at Oceans 16 (MTS IEEE/OES) for K-12 Educators – September 17, 2016, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
  • LTER Educator Night.  October 18, 2016, Rutgers University.  K-5 educators, participated in hands-on activities and share ideas about using non-fiction books and art to enhance their elementary science program.