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Name of Collaboratory :


Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Central Gulf of Mexico (COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 2002 End Date : 2011 Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 3 2011 3:00am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Virtual Learning Community  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :


Domain(s) :

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

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


What COSEE CGOM Accomplished:

Summer Institute“Bridged the gap” between ocean and coastal sciences research and the relevance of those data to a broad range of audiences via informal centers (museums, aquariums, and science centers)
Engaged scientists in professional development programs through two-day workshops to three-week “face to face” and virtual institutes
Developed inquiry-based ocean science lesson plans for middle school teachers
Provided opportunities at sea for formal and informal educators aboard U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ships to work “side by side” with civilian surveyors
Enhanced workforce diversity through programmatic recruitment efforts

How COSEE CGOM Operated:

Expanded and leveraged collaborations through regional partnerships with agencies and organizations with similar missions
Enhanced living and static exhibits within the four informal centers, thereby creating a more ocean literate citizenry within the Gulf of Mexico
Involved program participants in short- and long-term evaluations and assessments
Enhanced the COSEE CGOM website with resources and programmatic information

Former COSEE CGOM Programmatic Efforts

Each year, COSEE CGOM hosted two two-day workshops, each involving forty formal and informal educators and the general public, and two summer institutes, involving five to seven teams of middle school teachers and scientists.

COSEE CGOM personnel also had many opportunities to demonstrate the relevance of ocean and coastal sciences research to visitors at four informal science centers within the region through interactive exhibits, resource materials, documentaries, complementary brochures and posters, guided and self-guided tours, and structured programs ranging from 45 minutes, three hours, overnight, and one to three weeks. COSEE CGOM also made presentations at local, regional, and national meetings of NMEA, NSTA, and other professional organizations.

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


Access to Instruments :


Access to Information Resources :

  Their Website offers freely downloadable lesson plans created by teacher participants with the COSEE CGOM project.  

Access to People as Resources :

  The program offered Summer Institutes, which were intense, placed-based, and field-oriented; they included the development of five to seven professional development activities, which the teachers shared with their peers upon returning to their respective schools in the fall.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
University of Southern Mississippi (USM)
   J.L. Scott Marine Education Center (Univ. Southern Miss.)
Hosting institution
Mississippi State University
University of Florida

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
Other collaborators were the respective State Science Teachers Associations within the Gulf of Mexico, and the State Departments of Education and Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) from each state.


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