Educator and Adult Opportunities
NOTE: Educators and administrators interested in similar programming should contact Michelle Niedermeier, PA Sea Grant Education Lead.
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.
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.