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Science Education Resources

Welcome to Aquatic Science Education Resources! To be included in this annotated list of education resources, a website must fall into one of three general areas:

Improving your broader impacts
Resources to help improve your effectiveness as a professor/educator including professional development
Get involved
Recommended education and public outreach programs for scientists to access and plug into
Educational Resources and References
Resources that will be of broad interest to scientists engaged in science education

Improving your broader impacts

COSEE Guide to Engaging Scientists in EPO
This guide provides basic information for scientists who wish to engage in education and public outreach (EPO). Engaging in EPO can be an excellent way to address funding agencies' requirements that proponents articulate the broader societal value of their research.
ReSciPE Project
This site provides resources for scientists interested in becoming involved in Education Outreach (E/O). The ReSciPE Project (Resources for Scientists in Partnership with Education) focuses on scientific inquiry, and it supplies information on its scientist workshops, research findings about professional development of scientists, and the ReSciPE book (annotated links that have proven useful for scientists in E/O).
Scientists in Science Education
This publication gives background information on what scientists need to be aware of when engaging in EPO, including a discussion of state and national standards, No Child Left Behind, standards and assessments and roles scientists can play.
Geoscience Education & Public Outreach Network (GEPON)
The Geoscience Education & Public Outreach Network (GEPON) is an emerging network envisioned to support effective education and public outreach (EPO) and engagement of the general public with the enterprise of science. GEPON has hosted two workshops on how the geoscience community can engage in public outreach, particularly in regard to fulfillment of Criterion II for NSF grants. Reports from the workshops are available on the website.

Get involved

ASLO Recommended Children's Books
ASLO-approved children's books correctly convey a key scientific concept in an age-appropriate and engaging way. Below is a list of books that we recommend for sharing with young audiences. If you have suggestions of other books to be considered for this list, please send them to the ASLO Outreach Committee.
Project WET is a national program with many curriculum activities for K-12 educators. A curriculum guide is available after 6 hours of professional development. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators, and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet - water.
LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups. This hands-on program was developed to monitor the ocean and coastal ecosystems of California's National Marine Sanctuaries to increase awareness and stewardship of these important areas.
Math Science Partnership Program
The NSF Math Science Partnership program has resources for those embarking on University-K12 partnerships. These programs are also conducting research on how university partnerships can enhance the educational performance of U.S. children in mathematics and science.
GK-12 Program
The NSF GK-12 program aims to place science graduate students in K-12 classrooms for a yearlong experience to increase the role of scientists of the future in K-12 education. This website has links to many of the over 100 GK-12 programs nationwide as well as many curriculum resources for all disciplines of science.
Long Term Ecological Research (LTER)
This is the link to the The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network system funded by NSF. The LTER study sites are mostly terrestrial, but there are some riverine, coastal and marine components and sites. There are some good educational resources too. See "Schoolyard LTER".

Online resources

NOAA photo library
The library has many collections and albums, including coastal images organized by habitat type and region. The library also contains images of major events (such as Hurricane Katrina) and satellite images. You can search the library by keyword or just browse the albums.
Water on the Web
Advanced technologies and real-time data in basic and water science: a curriculum for colleges and high school. This program, funded by NSF, welcomes collaborators that wish to contribute data or materials to this site.