The Mote Marine Laboratory. Perhaps
aquatics and studies in marine biology
have seemed out of reach for classroom
connections, especially if you’re hours
away from the nearest coastal region. The
Mote Marine Laboratory offers countless resources in the fields of aquaculture, ecotoxicology, ocean life, fisheries,
and more. Although many of the web
resources lack interaction with a live
biologist, Mote does provide outreach
programs for schools. One such program
is Sea Trek, which features real scientists
working in the field and live from the
shark tank. Designed for students in all
grade levels, the companion curricula
covers sharks, sea turtles, reefs, sea life
rescues, careers, and more.
Center of Science and Industry (COSI).
Videoconferencing allows educators
to bring the scientific world into their
classrooms. By connecting students to
scientists, doctors, and experts in the
field, COSI allows students to see the
real-life work of scientists. For example, students can have front-row seats
during a live knee replacement operation. If anatomy is your specialty,
how about allowing your students to
watch an actual autopsy, narrated by
an expert in forensic pathology? COSI
brings the professionals in science,
math, engineering, and more to your
classroom to discuss cutting-edge
research and procedures.
Gemini Observatory. Using videoconferencing, experts report live
from the observatory control room,
sharing the process of scientific inquiry, human endeavors in science, global
challenges, and the nature of scientific
knowledge. Teachers can also visit the
site to request a CD-ROM that allows
students to observe procedures and
activities that use real data.
Center of Science and Industry: www.cosi.org/
Gemini Observatory: www.gemini.edu
JASON project: www.jason.org
Mote Marine Laboratory: www.mote.org
The New York Hall of Science: www.nysci.org/
The very technologies that connect scientists to each
other are the same tools that classrooms can use to
meet scientists in their natural “habitat”—the lab, the
field, or wherever their careers may take them.
—Jared Mader is the director of technology at
Red Lion Area Senior High School in Red Lion,
Pennsylvania, USA. He has been a chemistry
teacher for more than 10 years.
—Ben Smith is a physics teacher and science department chair for Red Lion Area School District.
Smith also serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.