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SCCOOS Education and Outreach

Build on Existing Models and Programs

  • USC and UC Sea Grants
  • COSEE-West and Cal-COSEE
  • University Government Relations Activities
  • Existing “Institutes of the Environment”
  • Coastal Marine Lab Outreach and Education
  • Free-Choice Learning Partners
  • Existing Stakeholder Partnerships

Here:

  • Sea Grant (USC Example)
  • COSEE (COSEE-West Example)
  • Corporate Partnerships (QuikSilver Example)
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USC SEA GRANT

The Urban Ocean

Southern California Urban Environment

USC Sea Grant’s service area (roughly) 5 counties

  • About 17 million people and growing
  • Urban watershed affecting coastal waters
  • Two major ports
  • Heavily used beaches (1 million+ visitors on holiday weekends!)
  • One+ million schoolchildren in LAUSD plus smaller districts
  • About 27 Congressional Districts
  • THE model for other highly urbanized regions
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USC SEA GRANT

The Urban Ocean

USC Sea Grant’s Role Addressing Issues of the Urban Ocean

  • Catalyst for public understanding of science to improve decisions
  • Leadership linking academia, policy development, regulation
  • Fostering new and innovative methodologies
  • Developing information and models to inform other urban coastal regions

USC Sea Grant’s Vision:

  • A healthier urban ocean environment -- cleaner water, protecting human and ecosystem health
  • Robust economic opportunities -- safeguarding sustainability of resources
  • A safe coastal environment -- understand and mitigating impacts of urbanization on coastlines
  • A scientifically literate pubic involved in important decisions
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USC SEA GRANT THEMATIC AREAS

Coastal Ecosystems and Public Health

  • Water Quality
  • Public Health
  • Ecosystem Studies/Marine Reserves and Protected Areas

Coastal Hazards and Public Safety

  • Erosion/Coastal Flooding
  • Beaches
  • Sea Level Rise

Commerce and Society

  • Ports and Harbors
  • Marine Related Business/ Sustainable Development

Education

  • K-12
  • Teacher Education and Support
  • Intergenerational Learning
  • Undergraduate Education
  • Graduate Education
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PARTNERSHIPS

NOAA National Ocean Service

Marine Transportation/Ports Initiative

Funding/advice/links w/in NOAA

CAL-FED Bay Delta Program

Co-funding Marine Transportation/Ports Initiative

Work relevant to S.F. Bay Area issues

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Environmental Division, L.A.

Co-host coastal processes workshops on S. Calif. Issues

Mutual interest in graduate level coastal engineering programs

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Division (Fire Dept.)

Coastal Monitoring Network

Funding from Dept. of Commerce NTIA

Science/public applications of video network

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PARTNERSHIPS

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Biological baseline study -- public brochure

Security Issues

Transportation and Urban Environmental Quality

Transfer information on ports to public and education sites

Orange County Sanitation District

Reviews of scientific studies

Enable confidence in decision processes

Future Partners -- Developing Programs

USC Medical School - NIEHS Southern California Environmental Health Center

USC School of Engineering and Computer Science

NSF Science and Technology Center

Coastal Engineering Graduate Program

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COMMUNICATIONS

Dissemination of Results from Research

Journal reprints, Technical reports, Theses/dissertations, Public education

Publications circulated to Sea Grant library and associated NOAA sites

Available on Sea Grant web site for direct downloading and/or ordering

Program Information

One-pager series for public distribution

Strategic and Implementation Plans; Annual Reports

Complete publication catalog - Internet based

Advisory Service and Education Publications

Public materials related to Sea Grant research

Public Information for Regional/National Media

USC News Service partnership

Press briefings for local and regional reporters

Briefing book catalog of clippings

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COMMUNICATIONS

Publishing on the Worldwide Web

Cost effective, timely and readily available

Audience targets -- Specialized publications for different audiences

Special web-based public education publications

El Nino ‘Facts’ to correct misconceptions

Guides to Beaches now adopted by Coastal Monitoring Network, LAVO

Education curriculum available for free downloading

Online Conferencing

Targeted at educators/media

Early development of methods w/ El Nino conference

Expanded with Sustainable Seas/National Geographic

Allows participation w/o constraint of location

Web Site Usage

Different audiences targeted by materials

Beach Guides for widest public

Educational downloads for educators

Timely public advisories, i.e., El Nino Facts for homeowners/educators

k 12 education from sccoos models from the usc wrigley institute
K-12 Education From SCCOOSModels from the USC Wrigley Institute
  • COSEE
  • QuikSCience
  • Marine Science Curriculum
  • Parent Child Education Program
  • Summer Science Programs
  • Global Heartbeat
  • Ocean Sciences Bowl
national cosee goals
National COSEE Goals
  • To develop catalytic multi-dimensional partnerships between ocean science researchers and educators
  • To foster communication & coordination among ocean science education programs nationwide
  • To promote ocean education as a charismatic interdisciplinary tool for improving science education in the 21st century
cosee centers
COSEE Centers
  • COSEE–West
  • California COSEE
  • Gulf COSEE
  • Florida COSEE
  • South East COSEE
  • Mid-Atlantic COSEE
  • New England COSEE
  • National Coordinating Center – CORE
  • New Competition in 2005
center for ocean science education excellence
Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence
  • 5-year grant from NSF
  • USC/UCLA co-leadership
  • COSEE-West is one of 7 funded Centers
  • Purpose is to improve connections between ocean science (scientists) and K-12 education

www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west

cosee west goals
COSEE-West Goals
  • Increase awareness of ocean sciences
  • Use ocean science as an incentive to increase general science literacy
  • Increase the number of students that choose careers related to science and ocean science
cosee west programs
COSEE-West Programs
  • Lectures
  • Professional Development Workshops for Educators
  • Retreats
  • Exhibit Development
  • Curriculum Development
partners
Partners
  • USC – Wrigley Institute and Sea Grant
  • UCLA – Institute of the Environment
  • Local California State Universities
  • College of Exploration (distance learning)
  • L.A. County Museum of Natural History
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • California Science Center
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
  • Redondo Beach SEA Laboratory
  • Ocean Institute
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and many others
  • Quiksilver Corporation (QuikSCience)
quikscience partnership
“QuikSCience” Partnership
  • Quiksilver
    • Surfwear and gear
    • Environmentally-conscious
  • Enhance interest in the ocean using competition-based approaches
    • QuikSCience Challenge
  • Graduate student involvement
  • Model for corporate leadership

in education

www.usc.edu/quikscience

take home message

Take Home Message:

Build on existing partnerships and programs,

Don’t re-invent the wheel.