The National Sea Grant Program has a long tradition of increasing environmental literacy through formal educational structures: that is, schools.
TURTLE EDUCATION OUTREACH INTERNSHIP (Fall Intersession, 12/1/16 – 2/28/17). Si Yu’us ma’åse to all of you who applied by the November 15 deadline! This internally managed internship is open to Guam Community College and UOG students. The intern team will learn about occupations related to science, natural resource use, and education, with a final project culminating in the delivery of ten classroom presentations in Guam’s public schools. (Downloadable files here: UOGSG Turtle Education Internship Flyer_Wntr 2016, Turtle Education Outreach Internship_Wntr 2016, Turtle Education Outreach Internship Application_2016)
BI 194/BI194L: UNDERWATER ECOLOGICAL SURVEYING TECHNIQUES (Summer Session C, 7/5/16 – 8/5/16). UOG Sea Grant was pleased to offer a Special Projects course through the Biology Program, courtesy of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (Pacific Island Regional Office) and University of Hawaii’s Marine Option Program. The course and concurrent lab was an introduction to nearshore underwater ecological surveying techniques with field experience conducted on snorkel. Students identified common fish and invertebrate species, gathered data using survey techniques practiced on land and in water, and applied scientific skills through the development and writing of a scientific report. (Flyer here: BI 194 UEST Summer Session C 2016 )
For educators who are interested in developing Guam Department of Education (GDOE) service learning opportunities, we work most closely with the Guam Nature Alliance in order to help coordinate and deliver a quality educational experience. Teachers should contact us as far in advance as possible to explore service learning options.
Right now UOG Sea Grant faculty and staff do not regularly present in classrooms. However, we can provide referrals for high quality guest speakers about topics such as watersheds, invasive species, and careers within the marine industries.
In part modeled on the Navigating Change Education Program, UOG Sea Grant has two lesson plans and supplemental classroom visual aids about the Mariana Islands. Educators can contact us to get laminated card sets and posters for classroom use.
Past Professional Development Courses (2010 and 2012)
UOG Sea Grant offered two courses for teachers as professional development opportunities in 2010 and 2012. Currently we welcome input from those in GDOE, Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA), private schools, and home school specialists as to how we can connect your students to science-based resources within the university.
SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS (offered 1/1/12 – 4/26/12). This class was designed to encourage exploration of Guam’s outdoor environment by teachers, who would then design lesson plans that create, orchestrate, and implement a community project with an overarching theme of sustainability. (Syllabus here: Sustainable Science for Teachers_Spr 2012 syllabus)
ISLAND SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS (offered 3/4/10 – 4/13/10). This class was designed to provide course participants an opportunity to improve their content knowledge of coral reef ecosystems, watersheds, and the ecology of Guam, while learning how to best implement interactive, hands-on activities. (Syllabus here: Island Science for Teachers_Spr 2010 syllabus)