2010 Marine Immersion Opportunities

A Scholarship Program from COSEE Great Lakes

In addition to its own sponsored workshops, COSEE Great Lakes has scholarship funds to assist some Great Lakes area teachers in learning about the oceans through experiences sponsored by regional institutions. The ocean education can occur on the Great Lakes or "salty" coastlines. For 2010, teachers may apply for a $500 COSEE scholarship to one of the partner programs listed below. Scholarship award is contingent upon acceptance into the program of choice. Check each program for its application deadlines!

Like other COSEE Great Lakes funding, our support is limited to teachers of grades 4-10, informal educators, and pre-service teachers (with advisor approval). Practicing educators have priority. Minority teachers, or teachers of underserved students are strongly encouraged to apply for the scholarships. Application should be made to the selected program on the list below, then a copy sent to along with the Immersion application. It is possible to apply for more than one marine experience, but only one Marine Immersion scholarship will be awarded to a teacher. We expect to award 20 scholarships in 2010. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 16, 2010, with notification of scholarship awards by May 5, 2010. Payment is awarded upon presentation of evidence that partner program was completed.


Marine Immersion Programs supported for 2010

Tropical Marine Ecology
August 7-14, 2010
Blog: http://tme2010.blogspot.com
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences
The 2010 COSEE GL Tropical Marine Ecology course will take place at the "Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences" (RIMS) from August 7-14. Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, which belong to Honduras, in Central America, and is a world class dive and snorkel location known especially for invertebrates. Topics of study for the course include: coral reef fish and identification, coral reef ecology, coral identification, sea grass beds, mangroves, and rocky shore tidepools. Prices for the trip have not yet been finalized, but they will include a COSEE GL $500 scholarship for educators. Additional information and price notification can be obtained by contacting Helen Domske at

F.T. Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie
3 graduate credits, quarter system

Learn and live on an island for a week!

ENR 614: Ocean & Great Lakes Literacy
June 13-19, 2010
Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, OH
Instructional methods relating the Great Lakes to the world ocean, using new "Fresh and Salt" curriculum and Great Lakes Literacy Principles from COSEE Great Lakes.
ENR 690: Teaching with Google Earth & Google Ocean
June 20-26, 2010
Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, OH
Dr. David A. Hart, expert-in-residence. Bring your laptop and lesson plans for hands-on learning with tech tools! Learn how to find and adapt curricula for use with Virtual Earth applications.
EARTHSCI 584: Principles of Oceanography for Educators
June 27-July 3, 2010
Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, OH
Origin, development, and structure of ocean basins and their contents; contemporary oceanic processes of geologic significance. Discussions of effective classroom presentations of oceanographic principles.
EARTHSCI 583.03: Geologic Setting of Lake Erie
July 17-23, 2010
Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, OH
Examination of geologic features along the southern shore of Lake Erie during a week-long van trip, including an interpretation of the geologic history of Ohio in the Lake Erie basin, and an examination of relationships between human activity and the geology of the area. Class will originate from and end at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Shedd Aquarium PD Programs
Contact for details and registration.

Teacher Field Experience: Biology in the Bahamas
A 4-credit course [National Louis University] to connect in-class concepts to field study. Program spans 1 week in June [Chicago], 1 week in July [Bahamas], and 3 days in August [Chicago]. Travel with Shedd on the Coral Reef II for an adventure you�ll never forget! Participate in research projects, snorkel coral reefs, and meet scientists who work in the Bimini islands.

Freshwater Ecology [July 19-24, 7:30-4:30 daily]
For grades K�12 educators. Team up with scientists, teachers and site-specific stewards to explore local environments. Discover engaging ways to apply the scientific process and create immersive opportunities in the classroom. Lane credit or two grad credits available from NLU. Apply by May 14.

Underwater Robotics [Aug 9-13, 8:30-3:30 daily]
For grades 6�12 educators. Make underwater discoveries with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that your team builds! Conduct field research with it and observe how science, technology, engineering and math can inspire inquiry. Receive $100s worth of materials and curriculum to share the excitement with your middle or high school class. Lane credit or 2 grad credits available from NLU. Apply in teams of 2-3 educators by May 28.
COSEE Southeast Teacher Exchange.
ONE teacher from the Great Lakes will be supported for participation in a weeklong workshop, June 23 � July 1, with COSEE Southeast. We pay our Marine Immersion scholarship toward your travel, and Southeast covers your expenses at the workshop. This year's program is "Seas of Change: Exploring Southeastern Climate Change."

"Seas of Change: Exploring Southeastern Climate Change"
Join regional marine and climate scientists to learn about the climate-ocean relationship and explore evidence of a changing climate. Topics such as rising sea levels, increasing ocean temperatures and changing ocean chemistry will be explored through classroom discussion, field-based excursions and hands-on lab and classroom activities. Participating educators will spend the first half of the week at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) and the last half on the coast at the Trinity Center (Morehead City). Education credits.
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2010.
Questions? Contact EV Bell at .
Apply at www.cosee-se.org/teacher/?join=203.
Must collaborate with COSEE Great Lakes for travel support stipend.
Michigan Tech Summer Institutes
Visit www.wupcenter.mtu.edu for brochures and application forms. Apply by
May 14. For more information, contact Joan Chadde at .

Mathematics & Navigation [June 28-July 2]
Use marine navigation to teach topics in geometry and algebra. Learn navigation techniques aboard MTU research vessel Agassiz. Engage students in solving navigation problems using mathematics, charts, simple and electronic navigation instruments. Limited to 12 participants. 2 credits.

Global Change [July 19-23]
This five-day Institute will prepare educators to engage MS-HS students in real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climatic change, elevated CO2 and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and invasive species. Participants will visit the FACE research site in northern Wisconsin where the effects of elevated CO2 and ozone on forest productivity are clearly observable. 3 credits.

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Institute - in Toledo [June 21-25]
Spend 4 nights at the Toledo (Ohio) Maritime Academy, experiencing navigation simulators, boat-building lab, and radar simulator, touring the historic S.S. Boyer and Toledo port facilities and investigating invasive species and U.S. Coast Guard role in shipping. 2 credits.

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Events by Date:

November 9 – 10, 2012
EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Inspire Great Lakes Stewardship! Help Your Students Protect their Watershed
July 8 – 14, 2012
Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian
June 11 – 12, 2012
Science and Stories of the St. Louis River Estuary: Exploring Technology for Teaching About the St. Louis River
July 25 – 30, 2010
Lake Ontario Exploration Workshop
July 6 – 12, 2010
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Michigan
R/V Lake Guardian
October 14, 2009
Lake Erie Teacher Workshop
Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY
August 26, 2009
Exploring the Link between Invasive Species & the Erie Canal
Spencerport, NY
July 25 – 31, 2009
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Huron
R/V Lake Guardian
July 18 – 24, 2009
Lake Erie Exploration Workshop
July 7 – 13, 2009
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Superior
R/V Lake Guardian
February 16 – 27, 2009
Great Lakes ALIVE
On-line workshop through the College of Exploration

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