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Watershed and Invasive Species Education Program
NEW Resource! Stone Soup: Invasive Species and Cartooning. We are excited to share this new lesson plan that uses art, language arts, and science to developing comic strips that help students learn about invasives and to share information with others. It can be used as an extenstion to the widely used currulula "Structures of Life" developed by FOSS, and was recently featured in the Spring 2014 FOSS Newsletter. Please try out this lesson, available to download on our AIS Toolkit Page, then share your student's comic strips with us by contacting Tania Siemens. We will showcase it in our gallery on the WISE Invasive Species 101 page.
NEW Resource! Gallery of Student-Created Comic Strips about Invasive Species. Teachers who use our new lesson: Stone Soup:Invasive Species and Cartooning can share their students' comic strips and have them showcased in our on-line gallery. Please view our gallery to see some really fun student created comics that share important messages about invasive species.
About WISE: Addressing Emerging Issues through STEM and Stewardship
The West Coast Sea Grant WISE program is dedicated to helping teachers learn about emerging watershed issues, which can be used as tools to engage students in science learning and community action.
Now more than ever, watersheds are straining under the weight of emerging issues such as climate change, invasive species, and contaminants. The WISE program addresses this problem by 1) engaging teachers and classrooms in learning about the science of watersheds, and 2) supporting teachers and students to do community stewardship projects. Students have the opportunity to take action on a locally and globally important watershed need.
We offer teacher trainings, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Based curriculum, and on-going teacher engagment in a community for learning and teaching about emerging watershed issues. Since we started in 2007, we have trained over 70 teachers and have reached over 4,500 students that have completed over 50 stewardship projects.
Students and teachers have created a great variety of projects ranging from watershed restoration to awarness campaigns. Please check out the WISE Invasive Species 101 page to browse the many cool projects.
The WISE Program has had the honor of working with many outstanding teachers who led the way in implementing invasive species and watershed learning with their students. The following "Teacher Features" are interviews with WISE Mentor Teachers and highlight the vauable work they have done. THANK YOU TEACHERS.
- Heidi Lent, Warrenton Middle School Art and Math Teacher
- Julia Harvey, South Eugene High School Biology and NOAA Teacher at Sea
- Lisa Livelybrooks, Crow High School Science Teacher
- Brian Vollmer-Buhl, Mapleton High School Science Teacher
- Thea Hayes, Portland Public Schools Middle School Earth Science Teacher.
Tools for teaching
- The AIS Toolkit contains science curricula, learning actitivies and projects designed by teachers and their classrooms, available for you to share.
- Tsunami STEM Curriculum - a new curriculum using Ocean Science Systems as pathways to stimulate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning.
- The Lionfish's Roaring Impacts on Ocean Fish Populations, by Danielle Goodrich, Tania Siemens, Jennifer Lam, and Sam Chan. March 13, 1014.
- Ask a WISE Teacher, by Thea Hayes. A WISE teachers reflects on how students on field trips and leave organisms in their own environment while still making the learning personal. January 31, 2014
- Science Teachers Resources Abound at the NSTA/OSTA Area Conference, by Thea Hayes, January 31, 2014.
- Superior Resources for Invasive Species Teachers Sleuths, by Thea Hayes, December 19, 2013
- Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Species Watch Guide, by Danielle Goodrich, December 19, 2013
- Teaching Tsunamis and Invasive Species, by Amy Schneider, Tania Siemens, Jennifer Lam, and Sam Chan. Oregon State University has developed a new tsunami-related curriculum that integrates science, civil engineering and the role of people and communities to connect science-based lesson plans to the impacts of tsunamis, including actions that individuals and communities can take. October 28th, 2013.
- Comics and Crayfish by Amy Schneider. Invasive species have once again made it into the newspapers, but this time in the comics section. September 3, 2013
- Gobbling up the invaders by Amy Schneider. An invasive species cook-off co-sponsored by the Oregon Invasive Species Council. August 19, 2013
- The Trouble with Tunicates by Amy Schneider and Tania Siemens. WISE students take on the invasive tunicate - Didemnum vexillum. April 8, 2013
- Defending the Marina by Amy Schneider and Tania Siemens. A local group of boaters work to control Eurasian watermilfoil in Fern Ridge Lake. April 29, 2013
- WISE Teacher Julia Harvey has set sail. by Amy Schneider. Julia Harvey gets ready for a summer as a NOAA Teacher at Sea. July 31, 2013
Join the WISE Community
We welcome teachers, scientists, citizens, practitioners, and anyone intersted to join the WISE Community! WISE strives to cultivate a community for continuted learning about emerging watershed issues. Please join our e-mail list serve, like us on Facebook, or subsribe to our blog to learn about interesting and important topics, and share your expertise.
If you are interested in learning more about the WISE Program or an upcoming WISE Training, please contact WISE program coordinator Tania Siemens. Thank You.