ORSEA connects math and science educators with scientists to create and pilot lessons centered around marine-focused anchoring phenomena.

ORSEA supports data science education and ocean literacy, while also exposing students to a variety of marine-related careers. This project is funded by Oregon Sea Grant and the National Science Foundation through OSU's Regional Class Research Vessel Project.

ORSEA 2021 Virtual Capstone Event - Thursday, August 26th from 5-7PM via Zoom - Register to attend: https://beav.es/3bj

Anchoring Phenomena 2020

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ORSEA Cohort

In January 2021, seven marine scientists and 14 math and science educators from Oregon formed the second Oregon Marine Scientist and Educator Alliance (ORSEA) cohort. At a multi-day online workshop, participants received professional development training, shared information, and formed scientist/educator curriculum teams. Throughout the year, teams worked together to create marine science lessons centered around anchoring phenomena. Teams will present their capstone projects to peers and community at a virtual conference on August 26, 2021.


Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5-7PM via Zoom

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    ORSEA 2021 Teams:

    Team Cetacean * Team Hypoxia * Team Plastic Fantastic * Team Rockfish * Team Sea Lion * Team Shark Bait * Team Wetlands



      ORSEA Vision

      ORSEA connects educators and marine researchers around important ocean issues, career-connected learning, and effective science communication practices. 

      1. Marine scientists receive training in communicating science and share their research and career stories with teachers and students.
      2. Teachers work with researchers to develop engaging, contextualized, relevant lessons that meet educational goals.
      3. Networks are developed and sustained that address important ocean issues, increase science literacy, and help prepare students for the future.

      Anchoring Phenomena

      ORSEA teams create lesson plans centered around Anchoring Phenomena, "a unit level event that the classroom is trying to make sense of as they engage in a series of lessons...[T]he questions the students ask about the anchor drive the learning within the unit, the anchor should be complex and require an understanding of several big science ideas to explain."  - Phenomena for NGSS

      Example: Oregon Sea Pickle Invasion

      The ORSEA project is based upon work supported by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, as well as the National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessels under Cooperative Agreement No. 1333564 Award: OCE-1748726. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.