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Ocean Science - Formal and Informal Education for Ocean Literacy

October 1 - 31, 2006 | Public Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Exhibitions, Informal/Formal Connections
The Ocean Science project integrates the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts into a Western Washington region-wide, coordinated program of formal and informal education consisting of: 1. Teacher professional development in the ocean sciences to integrate the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts into inquiry-based marine science education and instruction; 2. Evaluation and re-alignment of existing Sound Science ecosystems curricula into Ocean Science, incorporating NOAA data and promoting the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts; 3. Classroom programs, beach field investigations, and on-site programs at the Seattle Aquarium of the Olympic Coast national Marine Sanctuary's Olympic Coast Discovery Center for grades 4-5 students, their parents and teachers; 4. Parent training in ocean science content, the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, and inquiry-based methods for supporting their children's science education; 5. Informal education for the general public via an interactive learning station linked to the Window on Washington Waters exhibit and designed to innovatively use NOAA data and information (videos, computer simulations and other creative media) to increase and evaluate ocean literacy in adults and children. Window on Washington Waters displays the outer coast marine environments and sea life of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.


Funding Program: 2006 - Environmental Literacy Grants
Award Number: NA06SEC4690008
Funding Amount: $599,735


  • Kathy Sider
    Principal Investigator
    Seattle Aquarium
  • Discipline: Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science | Nature of science
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Parents/Caregivers | General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Exhibitions | Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Informal/Formal Connections | K-12 Programs

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