Teacher Workshops


Professional Development Workshop for Educators at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Professional Development Workshop for educators
offered by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Woods Hole Sea Grant

"Plastic and Microplastic in the Ocean: What is it, and what happens to it?"
Dr. Tracy John Mincer, WHOI Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department;
Mr. Jeffrey Brodeur, Communications and Outreach Specialist, Woods Hole Sea Grant

Human-generated plastic debris in the ocean is a growing problem. Learn about plastic that ends up in the sea, from large visible items down to micro-sized particles. Find out what happens to plastics on a beach or in the open sea. Hear what directions research is taking and go to a local beach to see how ‘citizen science’ is helping track the problem.  K-12 resources included.

When: Friday May 20, 2016,  9:30 – 2:30, at the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

General level, middle school and high school educators.
Registration $30, breakfast, lunch, and parking passes provided, professional development certificates available.

To Register, contact:  
Kate Madin, Woods Hole Sea Grant,   kmadin@whoi.edu     
Send checks (payable to WHOI) to:
Kate Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MS #2
Woods Hole, MA 02543-105

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Researcher Jim O'Connell shows teachers, participating in a workshop, how to measure the shoreline depth. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Teacher Workshops

WHOI’s professional development workshops for teachers are a window into the rapidly-changing world of ocean research and engineering.

The WHOI Information Office, the Woods Hole Sea Grant Office, and the WHOI Academic Programs Office offer professional development workshops for middle school teachers, held twice a year at the WHOI Exhibit Center. During the workshops, WHOI scientists and engineers speak to and interact with teachers about their work and the related exhibits at the Exhibit Center.

The workshops are a way for teachers to hear about exciting current ocean science and engineering topics, first-hand, from the scientists who do the work. Teachers also learn about the WHOI Exhibit Center and how to use it effectively with their classes as a learning center. Attending teachers receive certificates to use toward professional development points, in the general area of "Topics in Ocean Science". We offer a range of topics including biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography and engineering for work in the sea.

We can accommodate 30 teachers in each workshop. Presenters give talks to the entire group, so that each teacher attends two different talks during the afternoon. There is a question/answer period after each talk, though presenters encourage interaction during the entire talk. The talks are videotaped and archived for later use at the Exhibit Center. After the talks there are demonstrations of selected classroom activities related to the subjects covered. Each teacher receives a binder containing background on the topics, articles by the presenters, classroom activities, and a list of web-based resources for further information.

Interested educators can receive registration information for upcoming workshops by sending name and contact information to Kathy Patterson, kpatterson@whoi.edu, (508) 289-2700, or Kate Madin, kmadin@whoi.edu, (508) 289-3639.