De Luca, M. P. Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, deluca@imcs.rutgers.edu
McDonnell, J. P. Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, mcdonnel@imcs.rutgers.edu
Podchaski, T. Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University,
McBride, C. Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, oldenbu@imcs.rutgers.edu

 
EDUCATIONAL APPLICATIONS AT A LONG-TERM ECOSYSTEM OBSERVATORY (LEO-15)
 
Through the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), scientists and educators developed an integrated set of educational programs designed to expose precollege students to the process of scientific inquiry. This effort capitalized on the research and technological assets of a Long-Term Ecosystem Observatory (LEO-15) as the nucleus for interdisciplinary learning across K-12 grade levels. Three integrated activities based on access to and use of LEO-15 were used to support active learning approaches in the classroom: 1)introduction of educators to remote-sensing technology and field investigations based at LEO-15, 2) immersion of educators into research programs at LEO-15, and 3) collaborative development of Internet-based instructional modules linked to real-time data available from LEO-15 and the Rutgers Marine Remote Sensing Center. Five modules are on-line and focus on the relationship between weather and ocean circulation such as the evloution of coastal upwelling. Two new modules are currently being developed. One module explores habitat selectivity of larval fish and shellfish at LEO-15, and the second centers on phytoplankton productivity during coastal upwelling events. Each module features applications of long-term data and how the data contribute to the creation of science policy.
 
Day: Friday, Feb. 5
Time: 11:30 - 11:45am
Location: Hilton of Santa Fe
 
Code: SS12FR1130H