Education and Outreach
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The 2016 Spoonbill Ocean Sciences Bowl competition will be Saturday, FEBRUARY 13, 2016. If you are interested in volunteering email Angela Lodge at email@example.com
For more information please visit the Spoonbill website.
SAN GERMAN, PUERTO RICO - Karyna Rosario and Erin Symonds from the Breitbart lab recently conducted a two-day outreach activity in the Laura Mercado Secondary School located in a rural area in San Germán, Puerto Rico to teach seventh graders about the world of viruses. The students learned about viruses and insects and had the opportunity to be virus hunters for a day.
The overarching goal was to have students collect insect specimens that will be processed in our lab as part of a current project investigating a novel group of single-stranded DNA viruses in invertebrates. The outreach activity was supported by an NSF Assembling the Tree of Life grant and conducted in collaboration with Dr. José L. Agosto Rivera, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
CALADESI ISLAND, FL - Melissa Seixas, Government and Community Relations Manager, with Duke Energy presents a $15,000 check to Gary Mitchum, Associate Dean, Teresa Greely, Oceanography Camp for Girls Director, and E. Howard Rutherford, Director of Development, to support the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences’s Oceanography Camp for Girls.
The campers departed afterwards for Caladesi Island to study currents, beach profiling, sand composition and flora and fauna.
SEATTLE, WA - The 2014 Spoonbill Bowl champions, Eastside High School from Gainesville FL has completed Round Robin competition. They were one of the top 9 teams and advanced to the Double elimination round. Eastside made it to 5th place in the National competition. They did an outstanding job representing the region.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On behalf of 2015 Spoonbill event staff, we would like to send a wave of THANK YOU to each of you for helping us complete the 11th Annual Spoonbill Bowl. Firstly, the competition was a success largely because of all the Pre-Bowl organization of Angela Lodge and Paul Aunspaugh. This dedicated team worked tirelessly behind the scenes preparing for the competition.
The second success was the training, preparation and enthusiasm of our outstanding Room Officials—moderators, science judges, rules judges, runners, scorekeepers, timekeepers, expert science judges and Bowl Central team. Thank you to our returning volunteers and our NEW volunteers. We sincerely hope that your first Spoonbill Bowl was filled with many positive memories and a willingness to join us again!
We are asking ALL Volunteers to please, please, please complete the event survey distributed by the National Ocean Sciences Bowl headquarters. We are trying to make 2015 the year that ALL Volunteers complete the post-event survey. Let’s go for the Gold with a 100% response. These surveys are an essential aspect of the program evaluation that our sponsor agencies require to support future funding requests.
Drum Roll please…. here are the final results of the 2015 competition:
Number of teams competing: 18 teams, representing 13 Florida high schools and 1 Student-led Organization
The event results are:
School Name: Eastside High School – A team
Coaches: Anne West-Valle
School Name: Academy of Environmental Sciences
Coaches: Ward Cooper and Gerry Laplante
City: Crystal River
School Name: Durant High School
Coaches: Kelly Cook and Jeremy Lynch
City: Plant City
Sportsmanship Award Winner:
School Name: Seacrest Country Day School – B team
Coach: Caron Staples and Marty Durham
T-Shirt Design Award Winner:
School Name: Oceanography Camp for Girls Alumnae
Coach: Laura Hettrich
City: St. Petersburg
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SEATTLE, WA - Join Philippe Cousteau Friday, March 6, 2015 1pm EST/10am PST as he meets with finalist teams for the The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE live from the Seattle Aquarium. Pioneering the future of ocean acidification research, these teams of engineers have been challenged to "create pH sensor technology that will affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean chemistry from its shallowest waters… to its deepest depths."
Through years of research, development, and testing each team is eager to share their knowledge of ocean acidification and engineering practices with students from across the globe. Classrooms will be able to ask questions of the teams in real time.
This hangout is best suited for high school classrooms.
Register and learn more here: http://earthecho.org/news/HOA-150306
ST. PETERSBURG - College of Marine Science PhD student Ryan Schenck successfully developed and implemented an outreach activity aimed at introducing junior kindergarten children to the field of oceanography. Ryan brought Callinectes sapidus (Blue Crab) specimens that he is currently using as part of his research examining circular single-stranded DNA viruses in Crustaceans. The children were able to hold them and learn about their importance to the Tampa Bay ecosystem and economy. They also learned about the role that viruses and bacteria play throughout the global oceans. Lastly, a 23-meter seine net was used to capture sea life present on Spa Beach. The children were able to comb through the net, after it was brought on shore, and put the animals in a temporary ‘touch tank’ for observation and hands on learning. This outreach activity took place over three days for three different junior kindergarten classes at Shorecrest Preparatory School. PhD student’s Ileana Freytes-Ortiz, Sean Beckwith, and CMS research assistant Jonelle Basso assisted Ryan during the outreach activity.
Read more at The Experiential School of Tampa Bay.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Researchers, artists and community leaders unveiled a new sculpture on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Poynter Park. This is the public awareness element of USF College of Marine Science's Clean Community Clean Coast programs, funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Education and Outreach cooperative agreement grant. The Current Collections sculpture spans 40ft (12m) in width and 30ft (9m) in height and is made from reclaimed plastics and steel. It will be in Poynter Park for the Blue Ocean Film Festival and until March 2015, and then it travels to GSU in Atlanta for Earth day.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - On Ocean Concepts Day, the the campers were taught about the different zones of the ocean (beaches, estuaries, epipelagic, mesopelagic and bathypelagic). This group learned about the diversity and importance of the photosynthesizing organisms (phytoplankton) in the open ocean epipelagic zone (plankton rock). After understanding their need to stay in the sunlight zone, the girls designed and built their own plankton species and tested their ability to stay afloat in a water column.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - We need your help. A call is out for volunteers for the regional NOSB competition and here are the details.
What is the NOSB Spoonbill Bowl?
Tournament style academic competition designed to challenge high school students’ knowledge of math and science in the context of the ocean. Also, it promotes careers in sciences and engineering and broadens public awareness and understanding of the importance of ocean-related research.
For more information please visit our Spoonbill website.
FORT DE SOTO PARK, FL - A coastal marine field research expedition was recently held at Fort De Soto State Park Field trip that Dr. Teresa Greely lead. The primary objective of the day was to learn field sampling techniques for analyzing three marine ecosystems and some of the organisms contributing to medical science research.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - In celebration of the Great American Teach-In, Teresa Greely, visited two schools to bring the oceans to classrooms in Pinellas county. On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 she visited 40 seniors at Largo High School and shared an overview of her journey as an ocean biologist and science educator. On Wednesday, November 19th she visited over 100 6th graders at Osceola Middle School and shared about her adventures at sea and brought along some of her deepwater fishes for students to meet up close. It was a wonderful two days of sharing the excitement, preparation and future career needs in the field of ocean sciences.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Today was the first day of the Oceanography Camp for Girls. This is the 24th summer USFCMS will host 30 teen girls as part of our Precollege Ocean Sciences program. Today we spent the day getting to know each other, as well as the College campus. After a busy morning of introductions and paperwork, we had lunch with a scenic view of Tampa Bay. After lunch we gathered on the south lawn and played “Have You Ever,” which was a great way to learn what experiences we have in common.
We closed out the day with a Dolphin Training activity to learn how we communicate non verbally and a briefing on how to prepare for our three field research expeditions later this week--- a research cruise, coastal ecology, and ocean conservation. Follow along as our OCG counselors (OCG alumnae) and science mentors (CMS graduate students) share a learning journal each day of OCG, June 16th through July 3rd.
To learn more about the Oceanography Camp for Girls visit our website.
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