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Families by the Seaside
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is working with New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) member organizations on the “Families By the Seaside: Building Community-Based Outdoor Ocean Science Learning Experiences” (FBS) project, an effort to increase ocean literacy learning experiences for families along the New England coastline.
The goal of the program is to create meaningful outdoor and web-based learning experiences for underserved / underrepresented (UU) families at informal science education centers in the New England region of the U.S. The EOL Learning + Education group is the lead member of the FBS Science and Technology Group, which evaluates existing Web2.0 tools, including those available through the Encyclopedia of Life and trains project staff through workshops and webinars. The field based programs launched in June 2011 with several events celebrating World Ocean Day (June 8, 2011). Web-based science and technology tools and resources will be integrated into the field based programs to extend and leverage the learning that can happen around a one-day event. The full suite of activities will be field tested in family programs organized around International Coastal Cleanup Day in September 2011. The programs will be improved upon based on participant feedback and tested again in June and September 2012.
This project intends to improve ocean literacy among a broad public audience. Outcomes will include:
The “Families By the Seaside: Building Community-Based Outdoor Ocean Science Learning Experiences” project is funded by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant. This project will work over three years with informal science education centers and Community Based Organizations (CBO) in five coastal communities from Portsmouth, NH to Mystic, CT, USA.
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