Educator and Adult Opportunities

Throughout the school year, Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff engage with educators, adults, and students on a variety of Great Lakes issues and topics like harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and climate change. Students of all ages gain knowledge of Great lakes issues through the in-class content and in-field and laboratory experiences.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes watershed. The center provides hands-on experiences, science-based information and networking opportunities that build literacy and engage people in stewardship projects around the basin.

Annual Great Lakes Education and Training Program

Each year ten teachers are accepted into the Great Lakes Education and Training Program, offered through CGLL, for teachers in the Erie, PA region. The training includes hands-on and in-field training as well as classroom and/or laboratory training, in topics related to multiple watershed and water quality issues, food webs, wetland and habitat restoration, emerging contaminants, invasive species, and more. Teachers also receive teacher-tested Great Lakes curriculum and stewardship project ideas that combine Great Lakes experiential science education and service learning opportunities for students in grades 4-12.

Students develop a service learning project, and participate in Great Lakes Awareness Day. These place-based experiences allow students to better understand the importance of science in their daily lives.

For more information contact Marti Martz

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David Boughton Leading Shipboard Instruction

Shipboard Instructors Needed for Lake Erie Science & Research Summer Programs

Pennsylvania Sea Grant offers unique shipboard programs that incorporate science and research-based activities to explore Lake Erie. School groups of various ages and group-sizes embark on a journey to unlock the scientific secrets of the Lake.

Adults looking for a part-time, fun and engaging summertime experience are encouraged to apply. Training is provided for specific science-based activities including sampling techniques, deploying plankton nets, operating Ponar dredges, conducting water chemistry tests, and deploying Hydrolab and research equipment such as remotely operated underwater vehicles. 

Learn more about the program including recent photos and introductions to the education crew of 2018!

For more information, contact David Boughton.

Explore the Sea with NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program 

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.

Since its inception in 1990, NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program has enabled nearly 700 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea. By participating in this program, teachers profoundly enrich their classroom curricula, enhance their approaches to teaching science, and engage their local community with knowledge that can only be gained by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with scientists who contribute to the world's oceanic and atmospheric scientific research.

Five Pennsylvania teachers have participated, including Mark Wolfgang, who teaches Biology and Zoology at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. In April 2017, he joined NOAA scientists aboard the research vessel the Reuben Lasker, to conduct a spring survey of the organisms living off the coast of California, with specific emphasis on the anchovy and sardine populations.

Learn more about Mark’s journey and the Teacher at Sea Program.

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