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OutreachThe Center’s activities have substantial importance for local, State and Regional public health concerns. As well, the studies will be of interest to local teachers and students. The Administration of the Woods Hole COHH strongly encourages investigators in the Center to become involved in outreach activities. Such involvement is facilitated by the wealth of opportunities that occur in each of the three institutions, including the following:
(1) Both WHOI and MBL are participants in the Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP). The Partnership, established in 1989, is a partnership of schools (Falmouth, Bourne and Mashpee), scientific institutions and community resources and the purpose is to support, promote, and expand science and technology education and science literacy in the participating local communities.
(2) The WHOI Sea Grant program produces several publications that contain concise descriptions of current research, written for a lay audience. WHOI Sea Grant also sponsors staff training and development workshops for formal (pre-K–grade 12) and informal educators on various topics. At WHOI Sea Grant, the goal of the Outreach, Education and Human Resources component is effective dissemination of information, research, and technology, by reaching out to audiences in an attempt to answer questions, increase environmental awareness, improve science literacy, and bridge the gap between marine research and an informed and knowledgeable public.
(3) The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is
a partner in the New England Regional Center for Ocean Science Education
Excellence (NER-COSEE) working to help meet the needs of individuals
at WHOI interested in education and outreach efforts.
(4) The WHCOHH offers research opportunities for undergraduates, both through WHOI’s Guest Student Program and the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program.