Minutes Sept. 16, 2002
The education team is working on a comprehensive interpretive signage plan for the coastline. MBNMS is working with a variety of partners to create a plan for signage, interpretive facilities, boardwalks and harbor signage as well as the Sanctuary Scenic Trail new marketing plan and community workshops. Interpretive working group meets regularly, if interested, please contact Jen Jolly for information (831) 420-1630.
America Reads Program Panetta Institute has approached several member of the SEP to participate in programming. The Slough and State Parks, along with the Sanctuary have done some brainstorming on program opportunities. The institute is asking for suggested titles to read for K-2 students.
Action Item: If you have a list of ocean related books for K-2, please forward to Pat Clark Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MERITO piloted at the Slough last Wednesday, with students from Pajaro Valley Middle School. Karen Grimmer and Michelle Templeton are also working on outreach into the adult Latino community, inviting parents to attend the restoration and field activities their students are doing. Follow-ups are also in planning stages with parents on the weekends.
Dawn shared the small change in philosophy for the Sanctuarys Education Team in terms of resource issue education. The new focus will be to provide educational information, programs, products and fact sheets pertaining to the myriad of resource issues affecting the sanctuary. This may not seem to be a large change, but it will hopefully produce more public awareness of issues and reach highly targeted groups. For more info, call Dawn at (831) 647-4256
Jamie Alanzo, SEP Co-chair, will now be the Currents symposium representative for the SEP along with Dawn.
Rita shared that MBA received the AZA Education Award for Splash Zone. Their new temporary exhibit will focus on sharks and the cultural perceptions of sharks. They are in the beginning stages on the remodel of the entrance of the Aquarium. SORAC program is in need of space, there is a possibility of moving to Santa Cruz in partnership with Long Marine Lab. They are trying a new program schedule for the Discovery Labs and tours, offering classes in the beginning of October to teachers who signed up in spring, in lieu of going through the lottery process.
Jill shared MATEs invitation to participate in Discovery Channels Robot Wars. This particular episode was for underwater Robots. A team of more than 20 students from Middle School, High School, Monterey Peninsula College, California State University, Monterey Bay and the Naval Post Graduate School built the robot Bot Matrix. They beat out the NPS team, University of South Florida, Texas A&M and the NAVY! The Discovery Channel really highlighted the combination of ages and talents. Please share this info, MATE is making this a Special Topics course out of the robotics course.
This years national ROV competition winners will be invited to participate in the robot creation for next season. The New Media Group Walden is creating the film documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, and is involved in the sponsorship of next years events. The titanic will be used as a model for the competition, which is tentatively scheduled for MIT.
MATE has been selected as a COSEE Center along with main partners Lawrence Hall of Science and Scripps. This is one of 7 centers of excellence nation-wide. One of SEPs next meetings will have COSEE as a topic of discussion and introduction.
MATE and the Sanctuary are taking on the National Ocean Science Bowl and have hired Mary Welsh.
Anna shared Save Our Shores is also undergoing a major philosophical change in education programs. All but the bilingual programs are scheduled for reduction. The program is looking to return to its roots as a policy group. There is an event on Oct 12th, an evening discussion with Carolyn Casey. SOS is looking for an admin assistant.
Kenton echoed the excitement for MERITO and its pilot at the slough. Reminder for Coastal Cleanup at Kirby Park and October 5th is National Estuary Day!
NEXT Meeting is Monday, November 18th from 3:30 5:30 at Monterey Peninsula College with the MATE Program as host. More details to follow. Please mark your calendars to attend. NOTE: SEP meetings are now on the third Monday of every other month, a change from the third Thursday of every other month. The change was made to accommodate individuals who could not attend on Thursdays.