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Professional Development

The fun is not just for your students!

Teachers can immerse themselves in learning while acquiring valuable content knowledge through hands-on learning experiences. Our professional development opportunities are designed for teachers to explore a wide range of topics related to the unique aquatic ecosystems found around the world.

Workshops

Ocean Talks
Ocean Talks provides an opportunity for educators to meet our research team and learn about the work they are doing in the field to better understand the aquatic world. These mini workshops are held quarterly to provide educators with current information and lessons that link to you classroom.
Workshop Dates:

  • November 15th – Coral Reef Restoration and research
  • February 7th – Whale Sharks
  • April – Whirlwind Odyssey Voyage

Cost: $18
Click here to download: workshop flier and registration form

Why Do We Explore? (.5 PLU)
Join NOAA and the Georgia Aquarium Education Staff as they introduce Volume 1 of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore? for Grades 5-12. During this professional development offering, participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other resources to explore topics related to climate change, energy, human health and ocean health.
Workshop Date: October 4, 2014 - FULL
Cost: no charge, grant supported
Click here to download: workshop flier and registration form
PLU credit: 1 PLU credit is available for teachers who complete both Why Do We Explore (Volume 1) and How Do We Explore (Volume 2)

Remote Operated Vehicle (1 PLU)
Looking to link STEM concepts with ocean exploration and research? During this hands-on workshop, teachers build their own Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) from PVC pipe and other materials. They will also learn about ROV technology and its use in research, monitoring and the exploration of national marine sanctuaries.
Workshop Dates: October 17th & 18th, 2014
Cost: $35
Click here to download: workshop flier and registration form
PLU credit: 1 PLU credit is available

Mysteries of H2O (1 PLU)
Looking for ways to bring chemistry to life? Join Georgia Aquarium’s staff as we explore the chemical properties of water through hands-on activities, investigate real world applications of water chemistry and make connections to ocean related concepts of density, salinity and ocean acidification.
Workshop Dates: January 23rd & 24th, 2015
Cost: $35
PLU credit: 1 PLU credit is available
Click here to download: workshop flier and registration form

How Do We Explore? (.5 PLU)
Join NOAA and the Georgia Aquarium Staff as they introduce Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom investigations into the innovative techniques, cutting edge tools and scientific processes the scientists and crew of Okeanos Explorer use in modern ocean exploration. Topics will include searching for anomalies, selecting sites for exploration, communication tools including telepresence technology, mapping techniques, water column study and operating remote operated vehicles.
Workshop Dates: Spring 2015
Cost: no charge, grant supported
PLU credit: 1 PLU credit is available for teachers who complete both Why Do We Explore (Volume 1) and How Do We Explore (Volume 2)
Registration information will be available in January

Rivers to Reef (4 PLU’s)
During this week-long learning experience, teachers will venture into the world of water as they learn about watersheds, water quality, current aquatic issues and a variety of aquatic ecosystems. This teacher experience takes participants from the headwaters of the Ocmulgee River through the diverse waters of Georgia and eventually to Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
Workshop Dates: June 2015

Creeks to Coast (5 PLU’s)
During this week-long learning experience, teachers will be immersed in the Chattahoochee watershed as they discover the journey the river takes from North Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico. We will examine the various uses of the river while exploring how humans impact the river's journey.
Workshop Date: July 2015

Beyond the Classroom (For pre-service teachers)
Pre-service teachers will gain insights into how the Georgia Aquarium can enhance the classroom learning experience for their students. Throughout this program, pre-service teachers will visit behind the scenes areas to see how our programs operate, discuss some of the teaching methods we use and acquire helpful tips on how to integrate the Georgia Aquarium into their future classroom curriculum..
*This program is designed specifically for pre-service teachers currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program. Call for more details.

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