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Understanding ocean acidification using NOAAs new educational tools (webinar)

Description:  Tuesday 13 March 2018, 6pm – 7pm

Speaker: Amy Dean, National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Abstract: Data in the Classroom ( is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale.

Ocean acidification teacher workshop 2017, Gisborne, NZ

Looking for interesting and practical activities for your science classroom that relate to real world problems?

This workshop will provide resources and support to inspire and guide your students through meaningful investigations that will help them understand our local marine environment and the pressures it faces.

The workshop will focus on “The Ocean of Tomorrow”, an educational resource unit for secondary schools with a focus on the impact of climate change and, more specifically, ocean acidification on the marine environment.

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Activity: Ocean acidification – Science – Year 8

This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students investigate ocean acidification, and its impacts on marine ecosystems and species. They begin by watching a clip and participating in a guided discussion around ocean acidification. Students then work in groups to conduct experiments designed to simulate ocean acidification and create scientific posters to share their results. They will then look at the difference between ocean acidification and coral bleaching. Finally, students are asked to work as a class to suggest actions we can all take to prevent further ocean acidification and coral bleaching events.

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Assessing the impact of ocean acidification on reef building corals

This activity introduces students to an actual data set that explores the impacts of ocean acidification on tropical coral reef ecosystems. Students are first given a scenario for a field site in the Caribbean and are asked to design an experiment that answers the question: How will a decline in surface ocean pH by the 21st century impact tropical coral growth? Students then gather actual data (from coral images collected from the field site) to calculate calcification rates of different coral samples. Finally, students use the provided saturation state values to predict the extent to which coral calcification is expected to decline by the 21st century.

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Workshop: “Deep Dive into Ocean Acidification”, 21 September 2017, San Francisco

First part of the Local Climate Science & Education Series by BayCLIC

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Doors open at 12:30 PM

For: Formal and informal educators (all ages); Researchers

Cost: Free- light refreshments provided

Take a “deep dive into ocean acidification” in the first workshop of the BayCLIC Local Climate Science & Education Series at Fort Mason, San Francisco. The series brings the Bay Area’s science and education communities together to explore local climate research, program-specific applications, and place-based solutions. The workshop on ocean acidification is an opportunity for educators to receive the most up-to-date information directly from researchers and for scientists to practice best communication skills that can aid future educational collaborations.

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Ocean Acidification Kiosk arrives in Cordova

Photo credit: C. Gibbens-Stimson

Learn how to take action to support future fisheries!

An interactive ocean acidification kiosk developed by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council as an educational resource to educate Alaskans about ocean acidification, is now installed at the Cordova Center.

It will be on display there until late fall.

The kiosk offers short videos featuring the perspectives of researchers, fishermen and seafood industry leaders from around Alaska, with easy to understand science for viewers of all ages.

“The kiosk is a tool for learning about ocean acidification from scientists and concerned people in the seafood business,” said Dorothy Childers, project coordinator for AMCC. “More research and discussion is needed to answer all the questions, but now is the time for finding out what lies ahead and taking useful action to support future generations of fishermen.”

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Questions as indicators of ocean literacy: students’ online asynchronous discussion with a marine scientist

In this article, 61 high-school students learned about ocean acidification through a virtual laboratory followed by a virtual lecture and an asynchronous discussion with a marine scientist on an online platform: VoiceThread. This study focuses on the students’ development of ocean literacy when prompted to ask questions to the scientist. The students’ questions were thematically analysed to assess (1) the kind of reasoning that can be discerned as premises of the students’ questions and (2) what possibilities for enhancing ocean literacy emerge in this instructional activity. The results show how interacting with a scientist gives the students an entry point to the world of natural sciences with its complexity, uncertainty and choices that go beyond the idealised form in which natural sciences often are presented in school. This activity offers an affordable way of bringing marine science to school by providing extensive expertise from a marine scientist. Students get a chance to mobilise their pre-existing knowledge in the field of marine science. The holistic expertise of the marine scientist allows students to explore and reason around a very wide range of ideas and aspect of natural sciences that goes beyond the range offered by the school settings.

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