Connecticut Geographic Alliance

Oceans Across the Curricula Summer Workshop a Success

The CGA summer institute, “Oceans Across the Curricula,” was held from July 23 through July 25, 2013.  Twenty-one educators from across Connecticut took part in two days of instruction at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and one day at the Mystic Aquarium and the Mystic Seaport.  Participants were schooled in the use of, which is the website for Dr. Robert Ballard’s exploration into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.  Educators (and students) can follow along and participate in the Oceanographic expedition in real time with access to many learning tools.  Many of the institute activities were nautical in nature and showcased the theme of STEM activities on a shoestring budget.  Common Core requirements for more nonfiction reading and writing were also explained and sources explored through the use of Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and the scientists aboard E/V Nautilus.  Long-distance learning through Skype was also explained at both the Aquarium and the Seaport.  A Skype presentation about Beluga Whales was a huge hit among the participants.  One of the final activities included a presentation about primary sources at the MAGIC (Map & Geographic Information Center) at UCONN.  All participants walked away with many new activities to try in their classrooms and many CGA “goodies” as well.  We extend our thanks to our sponsors from the CGA, UCONN, the National Geographic Society, the Mystic Seaport, the Mystic Aquarium, and Sea Research Foundation.


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