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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers and is considered an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY)
Workshop & SCUBA Field Experience Down Under, Out Yonder
JULY 12-17, 2013
What are corals? How do they build reefs? Why are the coral reefs of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico so special and unique? What does all this have to do with the National Marine Sanctuary System?
These are just a few of the questions that will be answered through this interactive, resource-rich 5-day workshop. Educators of all levels will walk away from the experience with the means to actively involve their students in the learning process, expose them to scientific research, and share personal experiences about the challenges of field work.
Participants will receive a multitude of resources, activities, materials, and ideas for implementation of topics in biology, oceanography, geology, physical science, American government and environmental science.
The first 2 days of the workshop take place in Galveston, TX and cover much of the content listed above. http://www.reef.org/" target="_blank">REEF fish identification is also an integral part of the content. Educators will learn to identify approximately 80 species of reef fish, then practice what they've learned at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens.
The following 3 days are spent on a live-aboard dive boat in the Gulf of Mexico, visiting and diving in the sanctuary! Your reef fish knowledge will be put to use doing http://www.reef.org/programs/volunteersurvey" target="_blank">fish surveys that will actually contribute to an ongoing database of species and abundance in the sanctuary.
This workshop is coordinated by the http://www.gulfmex.org/education-training/down-under-out-yonder/" target="_blank">Gulf of Mexico Foundation and sponsored by ConocoPhillips, with most of the content provided by sanctuary staff.
Down Under, Out Yonder is usually offered once each year, in June or July. It generally provides participants with 28-30 hours of SBEC credit, depending on the exact activities included and the final schedule. Registration and information materials are available here and from the http://www.gulfmex.org/education-training/down-under-out-yonder/" target="_blank">Gulf of Mexico Foundation web site beginning in January or February each year.
Participants need not work in a formal classroom setting, but must be involved in educating K-12 students or training personnel who educate K-12 students (e.g. aquariums, museums, nature preserves, youth organizations, home school cooperatives, etc.).
Participants must also be Scuba certified to participate in the field experience. We DO NOT provide Scuba instruction.
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