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Bridge Ocean Observing System (OOS) Primer
An introduction to the components and uses of ocean observing systems (OOS) from the Bridge website. The primer includes brief descriptions of the technologies and links to additional resources. Ocean observing systems and their data can be used in all disciplines of science education.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

UNH Coastal Ocean Observing Center
The Coastal Ocean Observing Center at UNH collaborates with GoMOOS and WHOI, and collects data via satellite, buoys, and boats throughout the Gulf of Maine. The COOA site features introductory information on ocean observing, real time data, and an education and outreach section which features tutorials, activities, professional development information, a glossary, and much more.
Grade Level: High school,Graduate or professional

Bridge DATA - Don't Even Sink About It
Does a pen float? How about a can of soda? Does salt water really make that much difference? What’s a Plimsoll mark? What do rubber ducks have to do with all this? Buoyancy can be a difficult concept for students to grasp. It’s all about density! With this hands-on introduction to buoyancy, students work through activities and demonstrations that use online resources and ocean observing systems data to investigate the buoyancy considerations of inland, coastal and oceanic shipping.
Grade Level: High school

Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW)
A community of scientists and educators interested in the development of ocean observing systems (OOS) to increase ocean literacy among students and the public. Follow the Education Resources link for a rich collection of lesson plans, activities, multimedia, and other resources in biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography, as well as math, technology, and climate change. Membership is free and allows you to participate in discussions on various OOS topics, watch podcasts, and collaborate with similar-minded people across the globe.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional,General public

CENCOOS Oil Spill Lesson Plan
This lesson plan, developed for the MBARI EARTH Workshop, uses ocean observing data to predict the movement and eventual location of a hypothetical off-shore oil spill of the coast of California.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Bridge DATA - Satellites and Storms
Which does more damage to the coast, a fast moving, super-powerful hurricane, or a slow-moving, powerful northeaster (more commonly referred to as a nor’easter)? How does ocean temperature affect hurricane strength? Where does the name nor’easter come from? This activity serves as an introduction to these weather phenomena which critically impact our coasts each year. Students will use weather maps and ocean observing system data to explore hurricanes and nor’easters and their effects on vital habitats, our beaches, and our communities.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

NOAA Adopt-a-Drifter Program
The NOAA Office of Climate Observation (OCO) established the Adopt a Drifter Program (ADP) in December 2004 for K-16 teachers from the United States along with international educators. This program provides teachers with an educational opportunity to infuse ocean observing system data into their curriculum. The site includes information on drifters, real-time drifter tracking, extensive data for classroom use and lesson plans. Information on how to adopt a drifter is also available.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Graduate or professional

Ocean Gazing Podcast: Cyber Fiber
In this Ocean Gazing podcast, John Orcutt and Frank Vernon – from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego – explain how they get automated underwater observations back ashore to actual human beings. Vernon says, "We hope that everybody takes advantage of it… I don’t think there’s any limit or bound." After listening to the podcast, learn more about ocean observing systems with the Bridge's OOS Primer. Ocean Gazing is a podcast series produced by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE NOW).
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division

Bridge DATA: Heat Capacity
Why does coffee take so long to cool down? Why is ocean water sometimes the warmest when the average daily air temperature starts to drop? How can buoys help us explore these questions? In this hands-on introduction to heat capacity by the Bridge and COSEE-NOW, students explore the concept and its effects on our daily lives. Students use ocean observing system data to investigate why water acts as a thermal buffer and the practical applications this has.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division

Bridge DATA - Waves: An Alternative Energy Source
Evaluate the feasibility of wave energy as a practical alternative energy source using ocean observing system (OOS) buoys.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

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