Florida’s connection with the ocean is vital, and as our climate continues to change, so must efforts to educate the next generation of researchers and environmental stewards. To bring FAU Harbor Branch research and expertise to classrooms across Florida, we have created a curriculum that allows high school students to dive into the world of an oceanographer. The course includes 5 lessons that cover important science topics and are paired with step-by-step tutorials on how to access, use and interpret NASA satellite data from an online tool called ‘Giovanni’. These activities teach students to analyze real-world data sets and apply their knowledge at both regional and global scales. The development of this curricula was supported by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation and all of the resources have been accredited by the Florida Department of Education.
The Science From The Sky curriculum bundle includes:
Five Florida standard-aligned lesson plans
Lesson 1: Introduction to Oceanography and Remote Sensing
Lesson 2: Currents & Temperature
Lesson 3: Productivity
Lesson 4: Interannual Variability- El Niño and La Niña
Lesson 5: Harmful Algal Blooms
Each lesson includes a PowerPoint presentation (with notes for the teacher), discussion questions, and an activity using real Florida oceanography data.
We’ve also developed a Giovanni user-guide so that teachers and students can access, plot and interpret NASA satellite data.
A teacher workshop video (below) that further explains these resources and provides a tutorial for educators.
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Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic plants and animals for food or restoration. This growing industry plays an important role in producing sustainable seafood and conserving marine resources for generations to come. For decades, FAU Harbor Branch has been a leader in aquaculture, and one of our most exciting technological advancements is the Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (or IMTA) system. This high school curriculum was developed by FAU Harbor Branch scientists and educators and can be used to complement a variety of classes including biology, technology, life science, economics and anthropology. Students will learn more about sustainable seafood production and aquaculture system design as well as some of the marine plants and animals that are being cultured. The development of this curricula was supported by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.
The Aquaculture curriculum bundle includes:
A 30-minute virtual field trip to the FAU Harbor Branch Aquaculture Park
A lesson plan
An IMTA fact sheet
A post-lesson quiz
Watch the FAU Harbor Branch Aquaculture Virtual Field Trip video below.
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A 9.5-minute video overview of biology and conservation of the North Atlantic right whale
An illustrated story book and a set of activity sheets
Three sets of lesson plans that are targeted for first, third and fifth grade students, and that are aligned with Florida State Educational Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the NOAA Ocean Literacy Framework
Questions about these materials may be directed to FAU Harbor Branch Director of Stranding and Population Assessment and Volunteer Coordinator Steve Burton. This work was funded in part by sales of Protect Florida Whales license plates granted through the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation
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