Time traveling through our coastal history using seashells: A STEAM approach

Date: July 16-19, 2019 
This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (MS, AL and the FL panhandle).
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Empty shells preserved in sand and mud on the seafloor offer a lens into past environments, allowing scientists to “time travel” to coastal environments that existed long before the Industrial Revolution.  Join us this year, Alabama’s bicentennial year, to explore the environmental history of Alabama’s coastal waters. In this multi-day workshop, hosted in partnership with Dr. Paul Harnik of Franklin & Marshall College and Ms. Nancy Raia of the Eastern Shore Art Center, we’ll learn about molluscs, such as clams and oysters, and how their shells are dated using radiocarbon methods.  We’ll investigate human interactions with coastal ecosystems and the history and ecological impacts of dead zones in the Gulf. We’ll collect samples of living and historical molluscan communities aboard DISL’s research vessel, and lastly, discuss how your students can participate in the Postcards from the Past STEAM outreach project.

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Cost: $100 registration fee, refundable upon completion of the workshop. A stipend is provided.

In order to fully encompass the STEAM approach, teachers are encouraged to attend in pairs (eg. Science and Art, Science and Social Studies, etc) from the same school.

A certificate indicating contact hours to be used for CEUs will be provided at the end of the workshop.

*Graduate credits available through UWA. Additional tuition applies. Please contact the DHP office for details.*

Please contact DHPWorkshops@disl.org or 251-861-2141 x7515 with any questions.

Funding is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation.