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For Informal Science Educators

COSEE-West partners with informal science education centers (ISEC) and their education staff to bring current ocean-related science into their programs and exhibit halls.  Each ISEC has a different audience and a different science education focus.  COSEE-West and ISEC education staff collaborate to convey an audience appropriate topic by developing interpretives (e.g., activities, signage, exhibits, interactives, etc.) for each ISEC.

Marine Protected Areas - Day at Catalina - June 12, 2012

Free workshop for informal science educators on using data visualizations Monday, March 19

Resources and Products from our Interpretives Development Workshops
To download these resources and lessons, click on the title you are interested in.

A few resources that may be of assistance with developing interpretives for informal science education centers:

InformalScience.org (BETA) A resource and online community for informal learning projects, research and evaluation.

The Psychology of Climate Change A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public
by Debika Shome and Sabine Marx

Institute for Learning Innovation ILI engages with its partners on research to further the understanding of free-choice learning and its role in a learning society."

"Making the Hippo Dance" (29:31)
WNYC's Radio Lab podcast

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich talk about troubles in talking about science: How do you make science friendly to those who don't know they like science or don't think they like science?  A behind-the-scenes look at Radio Lab.

"The question here is just how far can you go in the name of making an idea clear? What’s allowed? Is music allowed? Are sound effects allowed? What helps? What hurts? We play some never-released tape from the vault, and reveal a bit about what techniques we used to try and make it sing."

Archived Webinar Series hosted by COSEE-NOW
"Using Ocean Data In Education"
"COSEE NOW is pleased to present a new webinar series on Using Ocean Data in Education.  In this series, we will explore effective strategies for incorporating real ocean data in formal and informal education products and programs, as a way to connect students to scientific concepts and real-time science."

Session B and C might be of particular interest to informal educators.
"Session B & C: Beyond the Wow! Helping public audiences make sense of scientific visualizations"
with presenter Shawn Rowe of Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center.

To view these archived webinars (approximately 1 hour each), scroll down to the end of Sessions B & C section and click on “View the recorded session ”

Focus on Harmful Algal Bloom Interpretives for the SEA Lab 2011

  • Workshop preparation:
    • Pre-workshop questions
  • January 31, 2011 Interpretives Workshop:
    • Summary of what local ISECs currently teach related to harmful algal blooms
    • Keynote speakers:
      • "Harmful Algal Blooms Along the Southern California Coast: What are They, What are Their Causes, What are Their Impacts" by Dr. David Caron
      • "Research and monitoring of harmful algal blooms: Improving observations using autonomous vehicles and sensor networks" by Beth Stauffer, USC graduate student
        lecture on video (MOV), slides (PDF)
      • "SCCOOS Harmful Algal Blooms" by Amanda Dillon
        lecture on video (MOV), slides (PDF)
    • Resources provided at this workshop
  • Products and Outcomes from this event: [coming soon]
    • Summary of ideas from the three groups [coming soon]

Focus on Climate Change Interpretives for the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium 2009-2010

Focus on Microbes at Ocean Institute March 2008

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