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Outreach News

When Dreams Come True (July, 2011)

Researchers from Santa Barbara Coastal (SBC) and Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) LTER sites recently had the privilege to help make a dream come true for a 17 year old high school student from Baton Rouge, La. Caroline Roy is passionate about marine biology, but what sets her apart from most aspiring scientists is her determined battle against a life threatening illness. Read the complete story in LTER Network News.

Videos Complete First Grade Curriculum (March, 2010)

The first grade curriculum on our Education and Outreach site is now complete, with the addition of two new educational videos. The videos, which feature MCR LTER scientists discussing their research, and demonstrate the unique feeding methods employed by fish with differing mouth types, are useful additions to the first grade unit, which incorporates life science, social science, math and reading into a multidisciplinary unit. The curriculum explores coral reefs and ocean science through the fulfillment of the California State Science Content Standards for first grade, and is available for download from the Lesson Plan Library. It was created by a first grade teacher at Kellogg Elementary School in Santa Barbara, CA, with support from the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program and the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Local Seventh Grade Teacher Completes Research Experience in Moorea, Curriculum Added to Education and Outreach Site (July, 2009)

This past summer Meghan Saxer, a local seventh grade teacher from Carpinteria Middle School, joined MCR LTER scientists on a research trip to Moorea. Meghan conducted behavioral surveys of fish on snorkel and SCUBA, assisted in coral reef experiments, and got to know the Polynesian culture. Meghan also worked with MCR LTER education staff to create a week-long science unit focusing on coral reef ecology in conjunction with the seventh grade Evolution California State Science Content Standards. The lesson plans, detailed instructor timelines, student worksheets and visual PowerPoint slideshows for this seventh grade curriculum are available for download from the Lesson Plan Library, and were created with support from the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program and the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Local Teacher Leads Marine Biology Research Camp at Gump Research Station on Moorea (March, 2009)

In the Spring of 2009, local high school teacher Craig Didden, from Viewpoint School, and MCR LTER PI Pete Edmunds lead the first Marine Biology Research Camp at the Gump Research Station on Moorea. Fifteen 10-15 year old students from nearby Tahitian classrooms attended a three-day camp that included exercises in conducting experiments and discussions on findings from MCR-related research. Following his experience, Craig shared several high school curriculum ideas on our Education and Outreach site, which are available there to download.


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