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Workshops for Educators

workshops for educators

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

The WHOI 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 WHOI 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 so they can integrate this cutting edge research into their curriculum. Attending teachers receive professional development points in the general area of "Topics in Oceanography." We offer a range of topics including biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography and engineering for work in the sea.

We can accommodate up to 35 educators in each workshop. A typical workshop features talks from 2 researchers, a field or lab experience, a session featuring activities and experiments that can done in the classroom, and a discussion of how to connect to the education standards and integrate this material into the curriculum. 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 WHOI 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.