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Teacher Workshops/Opportunities


Join the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS, Inc.) for one of two 2-day SeaPerch Workshops this Fall!

September 29th & 30th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology November 13th & 14th at the South Shore Natural Science Center

The SeaPerch program brings hands-on, minds-on engineering design concepts and scientific principles into the middle and high school classroom. Students build model ROVs from kits using PVC pipe and other easily obtainable materials. During the SeaPerch workshop, teachers and students build and test a SeaPerch. The National SeaPerch program is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

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Marine Science Literacy field trip program

Students participate in the deployment and retrieval of a naturalist benthic dredge and plankton net to discover the rich variety of marine animals living in the waters off Woods Hole. A Naturalist assists in the identification of the organisms collected and provides an overview of the local natural history. Students also participate in making oceanographic measurements and observe tidal currents around Woods Hole. An additional side-trip to the Sippewissett Salt Marsh can be arranged to discover the diversity and importance of the estuarine environment.

Through collaboration with research institutions in Woods Hole, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, we engage the class in the techniques, results and relevance of current research projects.

The Zephyr Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created to support marine science awareness and education through hands-on field activities. Areas of interest include marine biological, environmental and oceanographic field data collection studies.

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Announcement: Marine science kits available for use by regional teachers
The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program (, whose Project Office is based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), recently acquired science kits from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE) (based at the University of Hawaii) for use by regional teachers. Teachers can use these kits free of charge. See below for instructions on requesting a kit.

About the science kits
C-MORE has developed a number of science kits covering various topics in oceanography ( C-MORE science kits offer lesson plans and materials for hands-on science activities in a self-contained format. They are designed for use with a range of grade levels. Each kit provides the information and supplies necessary for educators to teach their students about a particular topic in oceanography. These easy to use kits are a great resource for any classroom.

Read more about the kits available in Woods Hole
Ocean Acidification kit (6-12th grade):
Marine Mystery kit (3rd-8th grade):

To request a kit
Visit and select Massachusetts as state. Choose the kit you are most interested in and an email message will automatically be sent to us. We will contact you directly. You can either pick up the kit in Woods Hole, MA or we can ship it to you - we will pay shipping charges to get the kit to you and you are responsible for covering return shipping charges.

This page updated on June 22, 2014 11:13 pm

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