Since January 2018, Oregon Sea Grant has been providing MWEEs By the Sea educator workshops throughout the Oregon Coast STEM Hub to train educators to engage their students in Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The free workshops target formal and informal educators of students in Grade 3-12.
In each workshop, participants engage in hands-on classroom and field activities related to watershed topics, and explore locally-available educational materials that can be checked out and used with students. The resources and best practices shared supported teachers to design and implement a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit. All trainings focused on Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences and culminated in a Student Watershed Symposium event, but each workshop topic and grade level varied by location. The MWEEs by the Sea series is supported by grant funds from the NOAA Bay Watershed Education Training (B-WET) program.
MWEE Year III
This year, NOAA B-WET funding will support Gr. 3-12 teachers on the South Coast with a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year totaling 30+ hours.
MWEE Year II
Oregon Sea Grant received a second year of B-WET funding to provide additional workshops throughout the Oregon Coast STEM Hub in 2018/19. These workshops were held:
MWEE Year I
The first year of the project featured five workshops:
Students of MWEE teachers are invited to present at a Student Watershed Symposium in the spring.The Student Watershed Symposium events are opportunities for students to share with peers and community the stewardship projects they have been undertaking.
In MWEE year III, we intended to hold three SWS events, but due to COVID-19 rules, all were cancelled.
In MWEE year II, there were three SWS:
In MWEE year I, the SWS was held on May 22, 2018. - see photos
For more information about MWEEs by the Sea, contact Cait Goodwin at [email protected]