Most marine worlds are situated near oceans. The Internet allows inland students to visit these environments and serves as a remote supplement to offline investigations in heartland schools. It also allows students access to the same data used by scientists to monitor the ocean and test hypothesis.
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium expanded space for its renowned jellyfish collection and display of the complex ecology of its region (mbayaq).
MBARI is the Research Institute for the Monterey Aquarium. You will see images of the canyon beneath Monterey Bay there.
Students can participate in experiments first-hand and possibly control sensors for planned dives. Keep an eye on the site for their latest plans.
The Scripps Institute of Oceanography (aqua) offers a field research seagoing environment for children and, in tandem with the JASON project, presents programs on cable (via Mind Extension University, a distant learning organization). Occasionally free satellite links are provided.
Two Weeks Under the Sea
Aquanauts fund the easiest way to study the health of marine organisms is by becoming their neighbors.
The month-long project aimed to study the effects of global warming and ocean acidification off the coast of Key Largo and 63 feet below the ocean surface. Follow Liz Bentley Magee, as they live, work and sleep under the sea.
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The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has links to many servers and is great for research.
For specialized tools and data important in the study of marine life look at the National Data Buoy Center via NOAA.
The Channel Islands Marine Center (cinms) demonstrates through a Java applet how mammal sightings are recorded and tracked, courtesy of NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration).
Mote's SeaTrek features real scientists inside a shark tank.Other fields include aquaculture, ecotoxicology and more.
Gulfspecimen depicts sea life around the Florida panhandle.
A nice comparison can be made even from far away of life around Florida's diverse sea regions.
MARE, developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, is not an online project.
However, MARE is included here because it is designed specifically for limited-English speaking students to transition to English and includes comprehensive staff development and even community participation components.
It demonstrates the value of developing a common explore among families for whom learning together is not a traditional expectation.
The list of skills and variety of presentation methods will give you some good ideas, too.
For another unique marine sealife setting look at the Great Barrier Reef.
The site includes the relevant information, though it is not technically interesting.
Similarly, Safari Touch Tank, a clickable undersea aquarium, is well-done but does not approach the real thing or the MBARI site.
The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's scientists study rare sea creatures, including jellyfish and sharks.
While physically based in Florida, its ships explore the world's oceans.
North Carolina Aquariums contains excellent lesson plans.
Aqua is the aquarium in Baltimore - a bay environment.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• National Career & Training Resource Centers
• Family and Community Resources for Special Education Students
• Climate Change & Global Warming
• School Administration
• Strong Families, Strong Schools