Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Workshop Theme: Ocean-Climate Connections
Held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME
Friday, November 22, 2008 through Saturday, November 23, 2008
Click on the Images to Learn More About the Scientists Who Attended this Workshop
Fei Chai
Joaquim Goés
Helga do Rosario Gomes
Collin Roesler
Michael Sieracki
Ocean-Climate Connections Revealed with Educator and Scientist Team-Building

An important yet often untapped resource is the research scientist whose ability to connect concepts, information, and data is "second nature." Funded by the National Science Foundation, this workshop series was designed to promote collaborative learning between educators and scientists (1:3 scientist-educator ratio) in order to create online learning resources that align with National Science Education Standards, as well as Climate and Ocean Literacy Principles.

For this particular event, 14 educators were matched with 5 ocean and climate scientists from the University of Maine to improve their collective understanding of Earth's major ocean - climate systems. COSEE-OS staff facilitated interactions between internationally known scientists and informal and formal educators to infuse cutting-edge research topics into educational products such as concept maps that hyperlink to scientist-vetted images, video, news items, and educational resources.

Scientists' topics at this workshop ranged from the influence of watersheds on climate change, an explanation of ocean aerosol models, exploring seasonal changes in the Gulf of Maine, factors influencing ocean acidification, and the idea of observable changes in plants as an indicator for climate change.

Workshop materials: Scientist's Agenda | Educator's Agenda
LEARN MORE About Concept Maps from this Workshop
Concept map
Workshop contact: Annette deCharon