Tuesday, May 08, 2012
And better than ever!
Our annual Boeing Teacher Institute (BTI) is back and better than ever. After taking a break in 2011, the Education Department is excited to announce that applications for the 2012 summer program are now available. The five-day immersion program will provide up to 35 outstanding local educators with an intensive introduction to the Aquarium, Southern California’s diverse ecosystems, and the most current research being conducted by local scientists. This year we shift the focus of BTI shifts to a content-based program that provides the participants with the experience, resources, and knowledge they need to best implement their own lessons.
BTI will include two days at the Aquarium of the Pacific, introducing teachers to the wide variety of resources available to them including Science on a Sphere, videoconferencing, and access to the Aquarium educators. Three days will be spent on Catalina Island, introducing teachers to the resources of SeaGrant, the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE), and the Wrigley Marine Institute to provide more current science content for all of the participating teachers. Island activities will include discussion and exploration of newly designated marine protected areas (MPAs), a native plant versus introduced species hike, tours of the labs and hyperbaric chamber at Wrigley and more.
To extend the experience beyond the five days in August, BTI participates will be asked to participate in an on-line professional community. This community will allow for pictures, lesson plans, stories, and suggestions to be easily shared between participants. Since space is limited, the Aquarium also will offer a fall lecture series specifically designed for local educators unable to attend the five day August institute.
The application deadline is June 8.
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