Program Partner Date Audience Application Deadline Contact
Scientist Visit - Concept Maps UMaine SMS As arranged High schools None Annette deCharon
Scientist Visit - Activities UMaine SMS As arranged Middle & high schools None Annette deCharon
Keller BLOOM BLOS TBA High school juniors TBA Nicole Poulton
Professional Development for Teachers BLOS TBA High school teachers TBA Nicole Poulton
BLOS - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
TBA - To be announced
UMaine SMS - University of Maine School of Marine Sciences


Scientist Visit - Concept Maps
Audience: Graduate students
Contact: Annette deCharon
In 2011, COSEE-OS teamed up with schools in Bangor, Waterville and Gardiner in an effort to bring graduate students from the University of Maine (UMaine) School of Marine Sciences into area classrooms to showcase COSEE-OS tools. Graduate students Carrie Armbrecht and Artur Palacz partnered with educator Ted Taylor to teach his students how to create a concept map based around an ocean science concept using CLIMB (Concept Linked Integrated Media Builder). Carrie also visited Michele Benoit's chemistry classes. COSEE-OS is working to expand this program by increasing the involvement of graduate students, establishing a graduate student page with information for teachers, creating useful maps for the classroom based on research being performed by partnering graduate students, and implementing more permanent partnerships between graduate students and educators.


Scientist Visit - Activities
Audience: Graduate students
Contact: Annette deCharon
In addition to building concept maps in the classroom, COSEE-OS is working to familiarize graduate students with the teaching of inquiry-based lessons for classroom visits. These lessons (from the publication Teaching Physical Concepts in Oceanography: An Inquiry Based Approach) were developed by UMaine School of Marine Sciences researchers/educators Lee Karp-Boss, Emmanuel Boss, and Jenny Albright and consist of a collection of hands-on/minds-on activities for teaching physical concepts fundamental to oceanography such as density, pressure, buoyancy, heat and temperature and gravity waves. UMaine graduate students conducted a successful pilot presentation of activities from this publication at the COSEE-OS Curriculum Development Workshop for educators in July 2011.

Students at sea

The Keller BLOOM Program
Partner: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Date: TBA
Audience: Maine home-schooled, public and private high school juniors
How to Apply: Information and application forms are available here
Contact: Nicole Poulton at (207) 315-2567 x513
An original COSEE-OS partner, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences hosts the long-established Keller BLOOM Program for high school juniors each year. The BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) Program allows 16 high school juniors to conduct laboratory and field studies, including a one-day research cruise. COSEE-OS sponsors two students per year from School District Collaboration schools to participate. [Photo credit: Greg Bernard]

Teacher workshop

Professional Development for Teachers
Partner: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Date: TBA
Audience: Maine high school teachers
How to Apply: TBA
Contact: Nicole Poulton at (207) 315-2567 x513
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is expanding the reach of the Keller BLOOM Program by offering professional development workshops for Maine high school science teachers interested in collaborating with Bigelow Laboratory scientists to enhance ocean science education in the state. These four-day summer workshops, led by Dr. David Fields and Dr. Nicole Poulton, provide teachers with training, tools and hands-on research experience so that they are better equipped to teach ocean science in their classrooms. [Photo credit: Rebecca Fowler]