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Workshops for Educators

workshops for educators

WHOI’s professional development workshops for teachers are a window into the rapidly-changing world of ocean research and engineering.

The Woods Hole Sea Grant Office, WHOI Information Office, and WHOI Academic Programs Office offer professional development workshops for high school and middle school teachers, held twice a year on the WHOI campus. During the workshops, WHOI or Woods Hole Sea Grant scientists and engineers speak to and interact with teachers about their work and the related exhibits at the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center.

The workshops are a way for teachers to hear about exciting current ocean science and engineering topics, first-hand, from the scientists who do the work. Teachers also learn about the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center and how to use it effectively with their classes as a learning center. Attending teachers receive certificates to use toward professional development points, in the general area of "Topics in Ocean Science." We offer a range of topics including biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography and engineering for work in the sea.

We can accommodate 24 teachers in each workshop. Presenters give talks to the entire group, so that each teacher attends two different talks. There is a question/answer period after each talk, though presenters encourage interaction during the entire talk. After the talks there are demonstrations of selected classroom activities related to the subjects covered as well as a laboratory visit or field trip. Each teacher receives a flash drive containing background on the topics, articles by the presenters, classroom activities, and a list of web-based resources for further information.

Interested educators can receive registration information for upcoming workshops by sending name and contact information to the Woods Hole Sea Grant Educator,, 508-289-3639.


See also

Education: When Teachers Become the Students

-from Woods Hole Sea Grant Coastal Impacts newsletter




Grace Simpkins
Woods Hole Sea Grant Educator

Teacher Packet

While WHOI’s educational focus is at the graduate and post-graduate level, the WHOI Academic Programs, Information, and Sea Grant offices, and the joint Marine Biological Laboratory/WHOI Library have contributed resources to assist educators in preparing curricula or teaching units on subjects in oceanography.

The teacher packet contains brochures about WHOI, its research projects, and its vessels and vehicles. It also contains information on marine careers, a sample issue of Oceanus Magazine, and a directory of helpful WHOI Web links. Educators will also find information on professional development workshops and class visits to WHOI’s Ocean Science Discovery Center.

Single packets are available at no charge.

To request your teacher packet, contact:

WHOI Information Office
MS #16, 93 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone: (508) 289-2252

Thank you for your interest in the research taking place at WHOI and we hope that you will find the information included in the packet useful.