Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Workshop Scientists
Held at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye New Hampshire
Monday, June 1, 2009 through Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Scientist Hui Feng explains his work on aerosols and how they affect climate change through his concept map
COSEE-OS researches, tests, and builds systems to improve how scientists can contribute to the education enterprise. We have offered scientist-lead professional development workshops for educators designed to reach inland audiences with ocean content at the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Connecticut. Likewise, we have developed a college course to help young marine scientists more effectively communicate their subject; encourage science majors to pursue professions where they simultaneously serve science and education; and create a greater awareness among young scientists about the need for outreach.

Based on experience from these and other COSEE-OS initiatives, we have crafted a new model for workshops that includes specific professional development for scientists including use of pedagogical techniques such as concept mapping and on-line collaboration tools that promote sustained interactions with educators and students. A key goal of COSEE-OS is to offer these "Educator-Scientist Workshops" at various venues and train facilitators at other COSEE Centers to implement the workshops.

In this workshop, 5 ocean and climate scientists from the University of New Hampshire were matched with 12 educators to improve their collective understanding of Earth's major ocean - climate systems. Click on their names in the menu at left to learn more about these scientists.

Edmund Chun-Taite

Watch a video of marine docent Edmund Chun-Taite explaining what the process of collaboration was like when working with scientists.

Quotes from Workshop Participants

"I loved the pacing of the workshop and also the amount of time spent with the scientists. The time spent with them was very very useful."

"The task of making the maps certainly gave an opportunity to start a personal dialogue with the scientist."