Narragansett Bay Classroom Course for Teachers Brings Oceanography
into the K-12 Classroom
Narragansett, RI -- September 6, 2000 -- The Narragansett Bay Classroom
at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography is offering a course designed
specifically for educators that will answer all kinds of questions from
how the Rhode Island shoreline was formed to what creatures live along the
shore and in the coastal waters.
Oceanography for Educators includes eight classroom sessions
and four field sessions. The classroom sessions will run for eight consecutive
Wednesdays beginning September 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Coastal Institute
Conference and Visitor Center on the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett. The
6-hour field sessions will be held on four Saturdays, September 23 and 30
and October 14 and 21. Field session hours will vary depending on the time
of low tide.
Course topics include properties of sea water, structure of the oceans,
atmospheric and oceanic interactions, coastal processes, and marine life.
The relationship of these topics to Rhode Island's marine environment will
be highlighted. In addition to the ocean science content, a project will
include development of inquiry-based activities for use in the classroom.
Instructors include Gail Scowcroft, Associate Director of Marine and Environmental
Education in the URI Office of Marine Programs (OMP), and a team of URI
Cost for this course is $495 per person. A for-credit option to earn
graduate credits to satisfy Rhode Island teacher certification requirements
is also available. For further information about the for-credit option,
course content, or registration procedures, call URI's Office of Marine
Programs at 401-874-6211 or visit the OMP website at http://omp.gso.uri.edu/.
Contact: Lisa Cugini, 874-6642, firstname.lastname@example.org