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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 179.32K | Year: 2010

This award provides renewed funding for the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence - Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS). Through its ongoing efforts, COSEE-OS has identified key areas for future growth, including: (i) facilitating the creation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) resources that are conceptually linked to ocean-climate content; (ii) scaling up ocean scientists impacts by taking advantage of networking infrastructure; and (iii) building tools to assess the quality of consensus-based products created by diverse communities.

The Center will expand its successful model of creating software that is flexible, transferrable, and user focused for the ocean science community. OS will share this model via workshops for scientists at other COSEEs. OS will scale up its regional initiatives to have national impact, with a focus on rural and inland audiences. In addition, a new partnership with the Institute for Broadening Participation is improving engagement of underrepresented minorities in OS opportunities, and will serve as a model for the greater Network. By supporting existing educational programs, OS will assist two small, but prestigious, research laboratories -- Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences -- in meeting their goal of providing effective research experiences for K-12 educators and young scientists in training. The Centers goal is to build Capacity nationwide, honing individuals abilities to develop effective Broader Impacts (BI) activities. This is accomplished, in part, by engaging informal education institution partners such as Seacoast Science Center (SSC) and New England Aquarium (NEAq) to aid in the development of BI activities with scientists. The Center also supports the New England Ocean Sciences Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), a diverse network of over 40 organizations coordinated by NEAq, to build regional capacity by training its educators in planning and implementing BI activities for ocean scientists. This ensures that the content and products of current ocean science research can efficiently reach a broad audience in a timely fashion.

A newly formalized partnership with the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) unites the New England cadre of ocean science educators and their students to the NERACOOS scientists, providing opportunities to increase the BI for scientists. The Centers joint efforts with New England regional Sea Grant Extension staff to field test new analytical tools that aid consensus building about climate change issues in New England coastal communities is another opportunity for scientists to increase their BI activities.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Cooperative Agreement | Program: | Phase: EDUCATION/HUMAN RESOURCES,OCE | Award Amount: 5.51M | Year: 2012

The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Education (NNOCCI) strengthens the capacity of informal science education institutions (ISEIs) to increase public understanding of climate change and its impacts on coastal zones and marine life. Building on ISEIs large audiences, interpretive capacity, and public trust, NNOCCI has a transformative impact on public science communication. The projects goals are to: (1) Expand interpretive techniques based on sound social science research; (2) Expand the emerging community of practice developed through a CCEP-Phase I planning grant; (3) Deepen content knowledge and communication skills of scientists and interpreters; and (4) Develop a resilient and replicable national infrastructure for reaching ISEIs and their public audiences. This partnership is led by the New England Aquarium in collaboration with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, FrameWorks Institute, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, with evaluation conducted by the New Knowledge Organization, Pennsylvania State University, and Ohio State University. A series of 14 Study Circles are being developed to provide professional development for ISEI interpretive staff in collaboration with climate scientists and cognitive/social scientists. Fifteen Regional Leaders participate in recruiting and in planning and leading additional workshops. Special training methods are being developed and implemented for youth interpreters. For scientists, workshops focusing on strategic framing and communication are being offered. Best practices from current social science research are being incorporated into a new e-Workshop.

NNOCCI engages stakeholders from 140 institutions, with the potential to reach tens of millions of people through their interpretation and communication. An even larger impact arises from the potential to transform how ISEIs translate information about climate change and oceans. The activities of this project help to achieve the vision of scaling up a training program to reach thousands of interpreters, including underserved youth, over several years. This project builds on the knowledge, success, and momentum generated during a previous CCEP-I project to expand the depth, reach, and legacy of this work over the next five years. NNOCCI will ultimately engage millions of visitors to aquariums and other ISEIs in learning about the scientific processes linking climate change and the ocean. The projects strategic impact is its potential to transform how these organizations present this topic and, ultimately, how they communicate other complex environmental or scientific topics that involve policy implications. Anticipated outcomes include: a new culture of communication about complex science within the ISE community; a national network of interpretive leaders throughout the ISE field who are skilled, confident, and capable of disseminating that information effectively; engagement of a critical mass of ISEIs with a broad and diverse national reach; increased public awareness of climate change as a salient, meaningful, and actionable topic; and increased capacity of the next generation of ocean scientists.

This project is one of six Phase II projects being funded through the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program. The CCEP program was developed as part of the NSF Climate Change Education program, established through Congressional appropriations in FY 2009. The CCEP program is a one-time, dedicated NSF effort to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. The CCEP portfolio encompasses a major interdisciplinary research and development effort designed to promote deeper understanding of, and engagement with, climate system science and the impacts of climate change on natural and human systems. The vision of this program is a scientifically literate society that can effectively weigh the evidence regarding global climate change as it confronts the challenges ahead, while preparing the innovative scientific and technical workforce to advance our knowledge of human-climate interactions and develop approaches for a sustainable, prosperous future. Each CCEP is required to incorporate innovative collaborations among expertise of climate scientists, learning scientists, and education practitioners in either formal or informal learning environments to research, design, and test new models and strategies for effective teaching and learning about climate science. With its focus on interdisciplinary approaches and transformative scales of impact, the CCEP program occupies a unique and complementary niche in the portfolio of Federal investments related to climate science education and workforce development.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION | Award Amount: 1.09M | Year: 2010

An award has been made to the New England Aquarium to develop the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). The overall goal of the CCEP Phase I project is to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. This project will strengthen the capacity of aquariums and related Informal Science Education institutions (e.g., coastal national parks, nature centers, and national marine sanctuaries) throughout the U.S. to interpret climate change and its impacts on coastal zones and marine life. Working with professional and volunteer aquarium interpreters and educators the partnership will provide training, tools, and support to help aquarium professionals interpret climate change for their visitors, making connections with collection animals. The initiative will serve not only the partner institutions, but also an expanding network of aquariums and informal science education institutions interested in bringing important messages about climate change and the ocean to their visitors. The specific goals include (1) grounding interpretative techniques with visitor research; (2) building a community of practice of interpreters; (3) deepening the scientific content knowledge of interpreters; and (4) expanding to reach additional institutions nationwide. By the end of this project, the PIs expect to (1) convene two conferences of stakeholders; (2) implement two pilot Study Circles facilitated by FrameWorks Institute; (3) conduct formative evaluation to deepen our understanding of the potential and scalability of Study Circles as a way to facilitate communities of practice; and (4) develop a realistic, feasible strategic plan for scaling up communities of practice to reach hundreds of institutions across the U.S. More information on this project is available by visiting http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503465, or contacting the PI.


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New England Aquarium Corporation | Date: 2011-03-01

Printed materials, namely, posters, newsletters in the field of ocean research and conservation.


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New England Aquarium Corporation | Date: 2011-03-01

Clothing, namely, hats, T-shirts, and sweatshirts.


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New England Aquarium Corporation | Date: 2011-03-01

water bottles sold empty; acrylic reusable cups.

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