Massachusetts Marine Educators

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Massachusetts Marine Educators

The 21st Annual High School
Marine Science Symposium

"Wrecks Down Under"

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
8:00AM - 1:00PM

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Anne I. Smrcina and Bob Michelson

Exploring the Wreck of the Steamship Portland


Don Lewis and Sue Nourse

Diamondback Terrapins of the Salt Marsh

Sponsored by
the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Massachusetts Marine Educators, Inc.

The High School Marine Science Symposium

Join us for an exciting glimpse into the marine world from a diversity of speakers from throughout Massachusetts, including researchers from the University of Massachusetts' Marine Science Research Center (SMAST) and its Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering Departments. Students will have the opportunity to investigate current and on-going projects in marine science and related disciplines.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sanctuary

Anne Smrcina, SBNMS Education Coordinator and Robert Michelson an Underwater photographer & videographer present a Virtual Tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, its fishes and its famous shipwreck, the Steamship Portland. Anne Smrcina, Education Coordinator for the Sanctuary and a member of the research team that visited the wreck this past summer, will lead us on a virtual tour of the Sanctuary and its famous shipwreck. She will be joined by Bob Michelson, underwater photographer/videographer and Sanctuary Fish ID program coordinator, who will introduce us to some of the fascinating fishes that reside in these nationally significant waters.

Diamondback Terrapins

Don Lewis and Sue Nourse will tell the story of the elusive Diamondback Terrapin, explore research techniques and findings on the northermmost extent of its range, update population surveys in the Sippican and along the South Coast, explain how terrapins can be used as a model for integrating field research directly into K-12 science curricula, and show you how to save these sentinels of the salt marsh. Terrapins will be on hand to assist with the presentation!

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM-8:45 AM Registration
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote Address - Anne Smrcina and Bob Michelsor
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Workshop A
10:45AM - 11:30 AM Workshop B
11:45AM - 12:15 PM Final Presentation - Don Lewis and Sue Nourse
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Closing

The cafeteria will be open to students wishing to purchase lunch.


Cost: $10.00 per student includes registration materials and morning refreshments. Participants must provide their own lunch or purchase lunch at the cafeteria. Please indicate on the registration sheet whether your group will be purchasing lunch.

Advance registration is required. Register by March 1, 2004.

Participation is limited to the first 400 paid registrants. Confirmations and cancellations will be made via e-mail ONLY.

Teachers may use this form (in pdf format) to register or may register their students via e-mail, ([email protected]), but they must send a check before the March 1st deadline. Students must be accompanied by their teacher. We recommend a ratio of one teacher for each ten students. Please use the enclosed registration form. There will be about 20 workshops that will be repeated in each of the two time slots. Students will attend two workshops during the day in addition to the keynote address and final presentation. Workshop attendance will be assigned by MME on a first-come, first-served basis. On the morning of the conference, workshop tickets will be provided to teachers to issue to their students. A maximum of two students from each school may attend an individual workshop during each each time slot.

Register early to ensure your place at this popular conferenc.

Workshop Topics

  1. Fisheries Biology: Examination of Sea Scallops in the Lab and at Sea
  2. The Globe in Your Class
  3. Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles in Cape Cod Bay
  4. Older than Dinosaurs, Only 3 Millimeters Long and Still Lives in
  5. So You Want To Grow Baby Clams- How Would You Do That?
  6. Exploring Oceans and Climate
  7. Shark Sex
  8. Seabird Ecological Assessment (SEANET)
  9. Impact of the Buzzards Bay Oil Spill on Local Species
  10. Artificial Reefs in Massachusetts
  11. Explore the Westport River Watershed
  12. Northeast Reef Fish Identification Program
  13. Cod, the Fish That Ruled Massachusetts
  14. A Teacher’s Experience in Antarctica
  15. Local Invasive Creature
  16. Oysters & Quahogs & Scallops (Oh My)
  17. SEA for High School Students
  18. Aquaculture Related Projects in High Schools
  19. Surfing in New Bedford Harbor: Real-time Surf Conditions for the High school Environmentalist
  20. Get Paid to Scuba

This page last updated March 03, 2004.

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