We had the pleasure of seeing families of dolphins feeding in the distance.  As curious as we were, the dolphins swam near us for some great photos. .… Read More

 We listened to a presentation conducted by Dr. Burton Jones.  He is a Professor of Marine Environmental Biology at the University of Southern California. His research interests include bio-optical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, coastal processes, and coastal ocean observing systems.  Dr. Jones has been involved in implementing a coastal observing system that includes both fixed sites… Read More

We just returned from an excellent week of learning and enjoying new experiences.  Arriving in Southern California on Sunday allowed us to get out and do a little bit of site-seeing.  I was fortunate to be able to visit with my family in LA.  Oh yeah, let’s not forget the Dodgers game.  We were counting… Read More

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  What an incredible place!!  Excellent presentations with fun and meaningful examples of how to teach students about space, the oceans, satellites, etc… while having a great time.  The speakers were some of the top scientists in their fields.  We were afforded the privilege of sitting in one of NASA’s control rooms. … Read More

Wednesday is another good day of learning.  Andrew and I had more fun than the other groups during the ‘Surface Circulation Model’ activity.  We used modeling clay and maps of the coast and ocean floor to create a replica of the east coast of the U.S.  Conducting fluid, which is cool by itself, was used… Read More

We had an early morning boat trip where we were introduced to different types of research instruments.  The best part is that we ended up amist a TON of common dolphins.  These guys loved playing in the wake the boat made!!!… Read More

Today we awoke to much smog/fog, but by 9 am it had burned off.  We made it to USC without any traffic problems. We just listened to Burton Jones lecture on research he is conducting through SCCOOS (Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System).  He spoke of underwater gliders used to collect data.  My students will find… Read More

Five teachers are getting ready to travel to California on Sunday to attend the Ocean Observatory Systems Institute sponsored by COSEE West. Not only will they learn lots of new and interesting information about ocean sciences, but they will learn how to navigate Southern California as they travel to a new site each day. This… Read More