Marine science is front-page news. Oil spills, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and the preservation of fisheries and coral reefs are some of the most pressing science topics facing policymakers, researchers, and the general public. Georgia universities have an exceptionally strong core of researchers working in diverse marine fields, many of which are directly relevant to state and national educational standards, including topics relating to Human Impacts on Earth Systems and Global Climate Change.
The Summer Workshop in Marine Science (SWiMS), funded by generous support from the Georgia Improving Teacher Quality Program, will use marine science research at Georgia institutions to enhance standards in middle and high school Life and Earth Science education. SWiMS will be held at Georgia Tech from June 26 – 30, 2017 and will target schools in high need local education agencies, particularly those of Fulton County and Clayton County (Elite Scholars Academy), although applicants are welcome from all districts.
Through lectures by faculty, break-out discussion and lesson planning sessions, and hands-on lab and field exercises, the 5-day SWiMS course will disseminate teaching modules developed around cutting-edge marine science. SWiMS modules consist of lesson plans and project learning exercises that address key marine topics, such as ocean food webs, oil spills, and ocean salinity and oxygen shifts in response to global change. The final two days of the workshop (June 29 – 30) will involve a field trip to the University of Georgia Marine Institute at Sapelo Island. Teachers will leave SWiMS with enhanced content knowledge as well as concrete lesson plans and schedules for module implementation and evaluation. Each participant will receive 5 PLU’s and a $500.00 stipend.