A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives
Marine Activities, Resources & Education


Advancing Climate Literacy through investment in Pre-Service Educators

Provide inservice teachers, pre-service faculty and their students with opportunities to:

  • Develop in-depth content knowledge of climate science and climate change, specifically focused on sea level rise, greenhouse effect, carbon cycle, and ocean acidification.
  • Be able to use an NGSS-aligned, three dimensional approach to teaching.
  • Develop necessary skills to work with real-time data and use data in authentic ways to foster student-led inquiry.

Pre-service teachers at ACLIPSE workshop

The materials were developed by the Lawrence Hall of ScienceRutgers University and Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with funding from NOAA's Environmental Literacy Grants.

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NEW - Climate & Data Activities for Middle and High School students

Students begin their exploration of real-time environmental data using the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) data portal to collect information on air and water temperatures at Reserves across the country.  They graph and interpret these data and offer explanations for the change in temperatures as one moves further away from the equator, as well as offering explanations for the difference between water temperatures on the east vs. west coast.  The continue with a deeper dive into the NERR data portal with a “scavenger hunt” to find natural phenomena (e.g., solar eclipse, hurricanes) that have been captured with real-time data. With this new ability to navigate the NERR data portal, students further explore, collect and interpret larger datasets of water temperature at four NERRS Reserves located on the east and west coasts. Using these data, students combine reasoning and conceptual knowledge to construct evidence-based explanations for climate patterns found across the US.

In this session, participants collect evidence using multiple approaches (e.g., lab investigations, field experiments, model simulations, real-time data) to explore the role of photosynthesis and respiration in the movement of carbon through different global carbon “reservoirs”.  They learn that dissolved oxygen can be a “proxy” for carbon dioxide in natural waters and use this to explore and interpret natural patterns and identify environmental factors that control oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH. With this collection of evidence, they construct explanations for changes in oxygen, photosynthesis, and respiration throughout the day and discuss the implications for this in terms of seasonal patterns in changing atmospheric CO2 and ocean pH on local and global scales