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Name of Collaboratory :


Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Great Lakes (COSEE Great Lakes)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 2006 End Date : 2011 Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 3 2011 2:01am 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 :


COSEE Great Lakeswas a collaboration of educators, research scientists and informal institutions that sought to:

Facilitate collaboration between Great Lakes researchers and educators and students, Grades 4-10.
Assist research scientists to gain better access to educational organizations and use appropriate pedagogy in relating the Great Lakes/ocean science story.
Enhance teacher capabilities for accessing science information and delivering high quality educational programs in Great Lakes/ocean sciences.
Integrate ocean and Great Lakes research into existing high quality science education materials.
Make current research findings about the Great Lakes available to the public to encourage public science literacy and appreciation of water resources.
Increase access to Great Lakes/ocean science information for underrepresented groups.
Facilitate direct student connections to Great Lakes/ocean science experiences.
Collaborate with existing COSEEs in uniquely synergistic ways.

Based on these objectives, COSEE Great Lakes undertook six kinds of tasks:

Teacher enhancement through intensive and extended encounters with Great Lakes and oceanic research (Objectives 1, 4 and 6)
Research scientist interactions with teachers, informal educators, and students (Objectives 1, 2, 5)
Great Lakes/ocean science for the public, media and schools via informal settings and the Internet. Task includes data use and dissemination, plus the CoE course (Objectives 5, 6, 7)
Engaging teachers in curriculum linking Great Lakes and Ocean Sciences (Objective 4)
Student connections to ocean/Great Lakes science and research (Objective 7)
Collaborative activities with existing members of the National COSEE Network for sharing of Great Lakes connections (Objectives 1, 4, 6, 8). Portions of this task are woven into activities of the other five.

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


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Access to Information Resources :

  Curriculum they developed is freely downloadable on their Website.  

Access to People as Resources :

  Annual Activities
• Lake Exploration Workshop. Week-long summer work- shop in an informal science education setting. Topics include coastal processes, climate and weather, life in the water, hydrology and remote sensing, special habitats and current issues.
• Lake Guardian Work- shop. Week-long, on- the-water workshop aboard the USEPA research vessel, R/V Lake Guardian.
• Marine Immersion. A scholarship program that pro- vides up to 20 teachers each year with a stipend to support professional development in marine science.
• Teachable Moments. One-day symposia for teachers to learn about current issues during summer or the school year.
• LimnoLinks. Scientist interactions with educators and students via workshops, “house-calls,” and at the International Association for Great Lakes Research meeting.
• GreatLakes/OceanScienceforPublic,Media,andSchools. Public events through project collaborators, featuring an Inland Seas Science Seminar series.
• Teaching with GLOS. Educational materials to facili- tate use of buoy, satellite, and other observations of oceans and Great Lakes.
• Engaging Teachers in Curriculum Develop- ment and Enhance- ment. Teachers examine Great Lakes curriculum materials and assist in developing a new Fresh and Salt curriculum.
• COSEE Great Lakes On-line. Information via to promote program activities, provide access to Great Lakes curriculum materials, and host ecology course materials for teachers and students.
• Student Connections to Great Lakes/Ocean Science and Research. O’LAKERS group field trips, Student Summits, and a Great Lakes ecology course for high schools.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
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Description of organization's role(s):
Ashland University
Program and process evaluation
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
   Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Fresh and salt curriculum; Lake Michigan events and opportunities
Michigan State University
   Michigan Sea Grant
Coastwatch/GLOS education; Lake Huron events and opportunities; PI
Minnesota Sea Grant
Teacher education and materials for Lake Superior; Website design and development
New York Sea Grant
Teacher enhancement program information; Lake Ontario events and opportunities
Department of Commerce (DOC)
   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
      NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
Research scientist interactions
Ohio State University
Director; General program information, overall calendar, collaborative opportunities, COSEE Network interactions
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
Informal education program information; Lake Erie events and opportunities
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Internet development and online learning coordination
University of Wisconsin
   University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Native American outreach; Lake Superior events and opportunities

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
COSEE Great Lakes crew members worked together on all program components, but they had “distributed leadership,” with crew members designated as coordinators for distinct program elements and activity sites.

Also listed as a education collaborator: COSEE Southeast


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