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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.


Ocean Talks
Ocean Talks, a three part mini-workshop series being offered by Georgia Aquarium, is an opportunity for educators to meet some of our researchers and learn about the work they are doing in the field. In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 7th, come join us and learn about the work being done at Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station to better understand the impact of human activities on ocean realm. George Biedenbach, Director of Conservation Programs, will share his current research on small whales and dolphins in northeast Florida.
Workshop Dates: June 7, 2014 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost $18
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Rivers to Reef:
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 2014 - workshop full

Creeks to Coast
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 2014 – workshop full

Why Do We Explore? (1 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: Fall 2014

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 Date: Fall 2014

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 Date: Winter 2015

How Do We Explore?
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 Date: Spring 2015

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