Programs: 2004 Science and Math Safaris

In Search of Sustainability: Controversies, Successes and Trade-offs in Managing New England Fisheries
Learn about the science and history of fisheries management
Thursday March 25th from 3:45 - 5:45 PM at the NMFS Aquarium Conference Room
Jon Brodziak is a senior stock assessment scientist at the NEFSC. His research focuses on modeling fisheries resources from Georges Bank. He is particularly interested in studying the role that environmental factors have on fisheries. Jon will be talking about the history of and science behind fisheries management since 1885. He will also highlight recent controversies and successes, focusing on local fishery stocks. This safari is intended for middle school through high school science and math teachers.

Kara Lavender giving presentationDiscovery in the Labrador Sea: The Circulation Revealed by Subsurface Floats
Learn how scientists study ocean currents
Thursday April 29th from 3:45 - 5:45 PM at the Sea Education Association
Kara Lavender, a physical oceanographer with the Sea Education Association, is interested in deep ocean currents, and she has studied them using drifting subsurface floats in the Labrador Sea. Kara will explain how she uses the data collected from these floats to model deep ocean currents and will talk about many of the mathematical principles involved in this modeling. She will also explain how an understanding of ocean currents helps us understand global climate changes. This safari is intended for junior high and high school math and science teachers.

Jim O'Connell with teachersCape Cod Coastal Studies
Monday October 25th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the WHOI Rinehart Coastal Research Center
Are you looking for a local connection to provide examples for Earth and Physical Science frameworks? After attending this workshop, you will have lots of ideas for teaching about energy and motion, geologic processes, erosion, and the changing shape of Cape Cod’s shores. Jim O’Connell of WHOI Sea Grant will give an overview lecture, then we will go to the shore for activities and demonstrations. Teachers will receive lesson plans and background resources. Prepare to get sand in your shoes and get your students thinking about the beach in a whole new way!


PDP credit is available. The Partnership offers an on-going series entitled “WHSTEP: Current Topics in Math & Science.” All programs offered under this series may be taken for PDP credit with hours combined to reach a cumulative total of 10 PDP hours or more in science. Teachers can receive 2 PDP credit hours for each safari.