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We are excited to offer a new course just for teachers to explore the Hawaiian marine environment. This course will give K-12 teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand from scientists and resource managers working with the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and other marine creatures about problems and issues being studied and solutions in which their students could be engaged. Teachers will become familiar with many resources available to them to design STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) lessons that will match their course objectives that are aligned with Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and General Learner Outcomes.
The course will be based at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, and will include a tour of its facilities and programs. This state-of-the-art center is available for tours to schools, providing students with opportunities to pursue follow-up field trips, volunteer programs and internships that will prepare them for college and career-readiness.
The dates of the course are: Monday, June 22, 2015 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 (9:00 am - 11:00 am) and a date of each participant's choice for volunteer service with a marine conservation organization for three hours.
Teachers will receive a resource packet with materials, including a new children’s story on the Hawaiian monk seal that they can use with their students. Teachers successful in completing this course will receive 2 PDE3 credits (course # IS179813).
To apply, please complete the online application. Spaces are limited. Mahalo to NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region Office and Hawai'i State Teachers Association for supporting this course.