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The Climate Science Teacher Institute an indisputable success! - 07.08.2014

During the last part of June of 2014, the National Science Foundation, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, COSEE Island Earth, and the Disney Foundation generously underwrote the “Climate Science Teacher Institute” at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Mokuolo’e (Coconut Island) in Kaneohe on the island of Oahu.

The first of a series to be offered at other sites across the Pacific, the workshop took place over the course of 7 days. Each day covered a different topic, from general information on climate science to the specific impacts of climate change on Hawaii’s marine communities. Guest speakers from multiple disciplines rounded out the curriculum and there were ample opportunities to collaborate with other educators present to explore how this information would be applicable in both the classroom and community education setting.

There were a total of fifteen representatives from three Hawaiian Islands spanning grade levels and public and private educational settings. Participants received a stipend for their participation and those in need were granted housing on-board Coconut Island, a privilege usually reserved for visiting marine science researchers and dignitaries.

The program received rave reviews from participants inspiring one participant to shoot an email on the ride to the airport, “Well, thanks again to our amazing hosts and masterminds at HIMB as well as to everyone in our group for committing to take the time out of our busy everyday lives to learn more about how we can better educate our students on this important topic of climate change. Missing Coconut Island already...” Indeed.

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