The UGA Marine Extension will present a two-week course aimed at teachers and focused on the Georgia coast from June 7-21. Except for a $100 non-refundable deposit, the fees for the course will be covered by an “Improving Teacher Quality” grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The course will begin with an overview of basic marine ecosystems in coastal Georgia. Activities aboard the R/V Sea Dawg will include biological sampling of the estuary and water chemistry analysis. Laboratory activities will include the collection and identification of plankton, invertebrates and fish. Participants will explore scientific inquiry methods with applications for classroom use.
“They will complete all the steps necessary to design a research project, collect data and report the results in a fun way,” said MAREX educator Mare Timmons.
The two-week course is based at the UGA Marine Extension Service Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Housing will be dormitory style and cafeteria meals are provided during the course with the exception of a few “dinners out”. Participants must be able to stay onsite for the entire program; commuting is not allowed. The dorm and cafeteria are air conditioned, yet much “classroom” time will be spent outdoors. Moderate physical activity is involved and participants should be in good health. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.