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.

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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.

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."

Who Has Participated in ORSEA?

To date, 51 Oregon educators and 31 Oregon scientists have participated in ORSEA, producing more than 30 lessons focused on marine science anchoring phenomena. The newest lessons from the 2022-23 cohort are being added ORSEA website throughout the Fall of 2023.


ORSEA educators from all over the state of Oregon have participated in the ORSEA project! They have come from Bandon, Brookings, Coquille, Coos Bay, Eugene, Florence, Gresham, Halfway, Lincoln County, Molalla, Neah-Kah-Nie, North Bend, Portland, Rainier, Salem, Seaside, Sheridan, Sherwood, Tillamook, and Warrenton.


Similarly, ORSEA scientists come from a variety of institutions and organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of Oregon, and University of Oregon's Charleston Marine Life Center.

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.