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Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico's Deep-Sea Ecosystems An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels
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Educators: NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico's Deep-Sea Ecosystems An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels

Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico's Deep-Sea Ecosystems October 11-29, 2010 in partnership with the College of Exploration

This online professional development offering presents Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico's Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection, a selection of lessons about deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico based on ten ocean exploration expeditions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of Exploration and Research (OER) between 2002 and 2009. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well. Additional background information will be introduced about the unique geology of the region and behavior of oil in seawater. The purpose of this professional development offering is to:

  • Provide a foundation for student inquiries into the unique deep-sea ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, with particular focus on deep-sea corals and cold seep ecosystems and the importance of these ecosystems;
  • Provide an understanding of the technologies used to investigate these ecosystems; and
  • Build capabilities for comparing data from past OER expeditions with new information from ongoing research in the Gulf.

The offering features Keynote Addresses from renowned ocean explorers who have made significant contributions to scientific knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Participants are formal and informal educators, as well as interested members of the public.Workshop components include online spaces for discussions to further professional development, a collection of resources, discussion rooms for Keynoters to interact with participants, and discussion rooms for teachers of different grade levels.

This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one graduate extension credit ($100 for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.

To register, go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe/