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.
Graduate students selected to be an ORSEA scientist will receive an Oregon Sea Grant Science Communication Scholar award of $1500 for their participation.
To date, 25 Oregon educators and 14 Oregon researchers have participated in ORSEA, producing a total of 15 lessons focused on marine science anchoring phenomena. JOIN US!
So far, ORSEA educators have come from the following school districts: Bandon, Lincoln County, Neah-Kah-Nie, North Bend, Port Orford, Seaside, Siuslaw, and Tillamook. Teachers from two private schools in the Portland area have also participated in ORSEA, and one informal educator from the Siuslaw Watershed Council.
So far, ORSEA scientists have been affiliated with the following institutions and organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and University of Oregon's Charleston Marine Life Center.
ORSEA is now accepting applications from Scientists and Teachers interested in participating in the 2021-22 cohort.
The application period has been extended to October 25, 2021
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ORSEA connects educators and marine researchers around important ocean issues, career-connected learning, and effective science communication practices.
ORSEA teams create lesson plans centered around Anchoring Phenomena.
What is an Anchoring Phenomenon?
From Phenomena for NGSS: An Anchoring Phenomenon is "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."
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.