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Name of Collaboratory :


Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence California (COSEE California)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2002 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 3 2011 12:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Product Development  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Virtual Community of Practice, Virtual Learning Community  

Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Oceanography, EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


COSEE CA is dedicated to creating collaborations among scientists and educators that enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of the ocean. They are a partnership between:

Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps), University of California, San Diego
College of Exploration
San Diego Unified School District
University of Hawaii

COSEE CA, one of the original centers in the National COSEE Network, was funded by the National Science Foundation in 2002 and re-funded in 2007. COSEE CA developed and disseminates the award winning Communicating Ocean Sciences courses; co-leads the Ocean Literacy Campaign; and designs tools for Teaching Ocean Sciences in the 21st Century Classroom. Their Center launched the MARE Center at Scripps, developed the Marine Sciences Careers website, and helps scientists interested in education and outreach. COSEE CA develops tools, ForEducators and courses that are in widespread use throughout the nation. Our ForEducators meet the needs of ocean scientists, K-12 teachers and students, informal educators, and undergraduate and graduate science students.

COSEE CA offers programs nationwide for scientists, educators and students:

Communicating Ocean Sciences: Courses, co-taught by scientists and educators, for undergraduates, graduate students, and informal educators*. University students conduct outreach to local schools or in aquariums and museums.
The Ocean Literacy Campaign: Scientists and educators working together to ensure that K-12 students and the public understand the importance of the ocean.Ocean Literacy Website
Teaching Ocean Sciences in the 21st Century Classroom: Middle school students take virtual field trips into science labs at Scripps, and engage with graduate students about their research.
Researchers Broadening their Impact: Resources and projects that demonstrate innovative ways for scientists to integrate broader impact activities in their research.
Marine Careers Web Site: Learn about the incredible array of fascinating marine science and technical careers that await you. Especially designed for students and career counselors.
MARE Center at Scripps: Elementary teachers in Southern California attend workshops and implement the award winning MARE curriculum. Or find out about MARE nationwide.

Regional center for the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence collaboratory.


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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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College of Exploration
University of California, Berkeley
   Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley)
San Diego Unified School District
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
   Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD)
University of Hawaii

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