As part of my presentations at 2 different workshops (Teach Marine Biology Instead of Biology to all State Standards, and Achieving High Biology Test Scores and Motivation in Urban High Schools, I spent about 10 minutes discussing C-DEBI, Adopt a Microbe, Joides Resolution cruise and Skype opportunities. A total of 163 teachers heard the prsentations and saw the Powerpoint presentation which included C-DEBI. At the CSTA conference workshop co-sponsored by COSEE, Teach Marine Biology Instead of Biology to all State Standards DK assisted, as did Gwen Noda and Linda Chilton. I further explained to the primarily high school and some middle school teachers present the availability of Lesson Plans linked to C-DEBI mission and goals in the content subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and research for/by an Honors Marine Biology Class.
This appeal is for financial support for the 20 selected Animo High School students who are part of the C-DEBI collaborative. These students, chosen on their merits and determination to pursue a career in science, have been afforded considerable opportunities thru this collaboration. They are part of and lead the QuikSCience and National Ocean Science Bowl team, five have attended the Coastal School for Girls in Maine, and four have participated in USC internships with Dr. Caron (Young Researchers) and in Dr. Edwards’ lab. They regularly attend out-of-school lectures presented by First Fridays, COSEE-West and the Long Beach and Cabrillo Aquaria. A highlight of their continued enrichment in marine science is their organization of a three day marine science trip to a venue in California to visit among other locations Montana del Oro Tide pools, Monterey Bay Aquarium, MBARI, Elkhorn Slough, UCSC Wheat/Fisher Laboratories, J. Pfeiffer campground, and Elephant Seal rookery.
Mark Friedman presented the workshop "Teach Marine Biology in Lieu of Biology" at the 2010 National Association of Biology Teachers conference in Minneapolis. This comprehensive biology course for high school students focuses on marine life and covers all California State Biology Standards. Developed by Los Angeles area high school teachers who currently teach Biology and Marine Biology with support from COSEE-West, online and sample materials (lesson plans, labs, activities, games, puzzles, web interactives, movies with thought questions, web quests, etc. with many resources available in Spanish for ELL) were introduced. The workshop also introduced educators to the new C-DEBI project including the “Adopt a Microbe” effort, the ability to SKYPE the Joides Resolution from classrooms, and the forthcoming materials like lesson plans and activities that will be developed by teachers and students associated with C-DEBI.