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MarineQuest Goes Virtual
For 40 years MarineQuest has been the official marine science outreach program for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, and the Center for Marine Science providing young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats. Whether you experience MarineQuest as a summer camper exploring the ocean or as a student on a school field trip discovering the marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education!
So what happens when a pandemic cancels all on-campus programs? Easy... you send the ocean to the students. Harris Muhlstein, MarineQuest’s School Programs Coordinator, said “As it became obvious that normalcy would not return in time for summer, we began to work out the logistics for what a completely online summer experience might entail. We wanted to make sure that what we designed was not a passive experience but a fully immersive hands-on program that would provide our students with authentic marine science experiences whether we were engaging students synchronously or they were carrying out their studies asynchronously.” After reading the latest literature and attending a plethora of online best practices webinars, three virtual summer programs were created: Ocean Voyagers (ages 7-9 and ages 10-13) and O.C.E.A.N.S. Online (ages 14-17). Prior to the camps, STEM learning kits were assembled and shipped to the students so they could engage in hands-on activities and research projects. They had participants from Texas, up and down the east coast, as well as one student at a US territory in Costa Rica. Learn more about SeaQuest programs!
Congratulations to Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching Awardees
Tyler Erb, a mathematics teacher at Community House Middle School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Jill Francis, a science Teacher at CHASE High School in Rutherford County Schools were both recognized on August 3.
Awardees represent all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade
teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists,
and educators at the State and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP.
Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers recognizes outstanding STEM teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools.
The award provides $175,000 over five years and is available to North Carolina teachers who have an outstanding performance record in educating children and who demonstrate solid knowledge of STEM content. Learn more and apply by September 30.