College of Science

Department of Marine Science

K-12 Education

CMEP offers professional development opportunities for K-12 science educators. A complete listing of our professional development programs can be found below.

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    Student Competing

    The Sea Lion Bowl is one of 25 regional ocean science competitions, the winners of which compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). These competitions are sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a nonprofit organization representing over 100 leading ocean research and education institutions with a mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy, in partnership with the local host institutions. The Sea Lion Bowl hosts about 140 high school students and their coaches in an all day competition at California State University, Monterey Bay. Teams of high school students throughout Northern and Central California are eligible to compete in a quiz show-like game, where students answer marine science questions in the fields of Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Marine-Policy, Oceanography, and Ocean Technology on the level of undergraduate marine science majors. This competition is intended to increase knowledge of the oceans on the part of high school students, their teachers and parents, as well as to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research. The winner of the Sea Lion Bowl moves on to the national championship round which is held in a location that rotates around the United States on an annual basis.

    Registration begins in mid-Fall of each academic year for high school teams interested in competing with the competition held on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay in early February of each academic year. For additional information visit the main Sea Lion Bowl site or contact Sea Lion Bowl co-coordinators Dr. Laura Good at and Juliana Cornett at

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    Sci-I Teachers

    The Polar ICE Science Investigations (Sci-I) Project is designed to increase educator and student skills in designing and conducting science investigations as well as analyzing and interpreting data in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) requirements through the lens of polar science.

    The Sci-I Project is a year-long project that consists of:

    The Sci-I Project is available to science teachers from grades 6-9. Preference will be given to teachers that work in school districts that serve predominately underserved and underrepresented communities.

    For additional information and application instructions please visit the Polar-ICE web page or contact Sci-I Program lead Kristin Hunter-Thomson at

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    Student Researcher

    Scientists travel to professional conferences to present their research to peers, and so should students. Students participating in the Polar ICE Sci-I Project Educator Workshops will present their own investigations to polar scientists and one another. Posters from the top groups of each Sci-I Project school are showcased at the SPRS Poster Session. Members of the group rotate through presenting on their investigation and observing other students’ investigations. At least one scientist, one educator, and one group of students are assigned to review each poster (as happens at professional science conferences). The agenda for the day has been developed to ensure that each reviewer will be able to spend roughly 10 minutes at each poster they are reviewing.

    For additional information and application instructions visit the Polar-ICE website or contact program lead Kristin Hunter-Thomson at

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    Recognizing the need to educate the public about the value of research and help them understand scientific methodology, this MBARI/Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) and Polar-ICE collaboration allows us to test new ideas for public outreach and education. One of MBARI’s joint projects with MBA, Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH) lays new groundwork, providing teachers with a means for integrating real-time data with existing educational standards and tested curriculum in an interactive and engaging way.

    EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. Since 2006 MBARI has partnered with a variety of organizations across the country to host the EARTH workshop.

    Participants include educators from other research institutions, universities, community colleges, and high schools as well as MBARI and MBA staff. Initial efforts of EARTH target high school and undergraduate students, with the ultimate goal of reaching kindergarten through college. This effort will enhance online education material on the ocean and resources for teachers already available on MBARI’s website and the Aquarium’s "E-quarium" website and "Learning Center".

    Application deadline for the 2017 EARTH program is February 14, 2017. For additional program information and application instructions, visit the EARTH web page or contact program lead Dr. George Matsumoto at