75 Minute Science | UDaily – UDaily

To help educators from across the country learn about the marine research taking place at the University of Delaware, as well as to provide those educators with lesson plans on how to teach that research in their classrooms, Delaware Sea Grant held a series of 75-Minute Science workshops in August.

The four 75-minute virtual workshops took place on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the course of two weeks. Participants signed in from all over the United States, as well as one educator from Canada, to learn about a diverse suite of topics: ocean circulation, microplastics, sea breezes and Antarctic food web formation.

The program was divided up into four parts. First, UD scientists gave a 30-minute presentation on their research, which was followed by a question-and-answer session. The teachers were then shown ways in which they could utilize lesson plans to best teach that science topic in their individual classrooms and this was also followed by a question-and-answer session.

Scientific presenters from UD included Tobias Kukulka, Jon Cohen, and Dana Veron, all associate professors in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, and Matt Oliver, the Patricia and Charles Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy.

Those leading the lesson planning portions of the programs included Chris Petrone, director of DESG’s Marine Advisory Service; Anna Internicola, who recently received her master’s degree from UD’s School of Marine Science and Policy; and David Christopher, marine education specialist with DESG.

The program came about as part of Kukulka’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early
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