These past programs are no longer active, but are listed here because they contain valuable information and resources that can assist educators in new and ongoing endeavors.
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Promoting Ocean Literacy Through Coastal, Atmospheric, and Marine Environmental Observing Studies (CAMEOS)
Program directed by Dr. Susan Williams 2010-2016
Ocean processes are at the heart of global climate predictions and failing fisheries, but are poorly understood by the general public. Broad ocean literacy is needed to build ocean stewardship, strengthen science literacy, and create a new generation of ocean leaders. BML's CAMEOS program built on national ocean and science literacy initiatives and broadened participation of under-represented graduate and K-12 students in inquiry-based STEM education. Program participants and users of CAMEOS curricula and resources gained a greater understanding of the importance of ocean processes, technological tools, and research to their daily lives, science education, resource management, and environmental stewardship.
The CAMEOS program connected graduate student research and K-12 science curricula to ocean literacy principles, marine laboratory resources, and environmental technology. BML's atmospheric, earth, ocean, and computer scientists partnered with science education experts to give graduate students life-long skills in inquiry-based teaching, science content, environmental observing technology, and cyber-infrastructure. Graduate fellows then used their own investigations and training to develop motivational research projects that provide field experiences and access to start-of-the-art sensor networks for middle and high school students. Use of new environmental observing systems and cyber-infrastructure transforms STEM teaching at all academic levels by offering exploration and data-gathering tools for field studies, collaboration, and real and "virtual" research experiences in classrooms and laboratories. K-12 teachers and students were presented with science role models and opportunities to practice all tasks performed by professional scientists, from creating research questions and collecting data to sharing results at scientific conferences.
CAMEOS participants included UC Davis/BML Faculty, Graduate Student Fellows, Science Partners, Local Educators and Students.
- Marine Debris Curriculum Materials
- Sensory Ecology Curriculum Materials
- Open Inquiry Curriculum Materials
- The Real Process of Science
Funding for CAMEOS was provided by the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program
Inquiry-based Science Outreach Pods
Hands-on, active learning modules for teaching marine science in K-12 classrooms
What are “Pods?”
Pods are kits of supplies for activities that:
- Are aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Can be implemented by K-12 educators or facilitated by scientists from Bodega Marine Laboratory.
- Explore a variety of topics in marine biology, geology, and environmental studies.
What’s in a Pod?
- Materials for conducting classroom and/or field investigations
- Assessment tools to gauge student learning
- Instructions for teachers
- Digital resources, including PowerPoints and links to online supplemental information
What is an isopod? Click here to find out!
*Some ISOpods materials are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education Fellowship Program under DGE Grant No. 0841297 to S.L. Williams and B. Ludaescher. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).