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Project-Based Learning Opportunities

Project-based learning allows students to gain knowledge and skills through active hands-on exploration of real-world challenges and problems.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium offers teacher training for formal and non-formal K-12 educators in a variety of innovative STEM-based marine science learning programs.

eBOB (Elementary Basic Observation Buoy)

Description: This is a STEM-based project that challenges student teams to work within a budget to design and create working weather buoys equipped with a real-time data sensor (BOBino) that collects air and water temperature, light variations, and barometric pressure.

Grade Levels: K-12

Cost: No cost

Details on Classes and Trainings: Sea Grant-led student sessions and teacher trainings are available. Classroom sessions can be tailored to range from two 50-minute class periods to a full week for a class size of 30. Teacher trainings are one day, and require a minimum of 10 teachers.

How to Participate: Contact E.V. Bell (elizabeth.bell@scseagrant.org) to schedule a classroom session or a teacher training.

ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles)

Description: STEM-based project that challenges student teams to design and create an ROV that can complete a mission (repairing an object, collecting underwater samples, or recovering an item). This is based on the Marine Advanced Technology Education ROV program .

Grade Levels: 3-12

Cost: No cost

Details on Classes and Trainings: Sea Grant-led teacher trainings are available. Teacher trainings are one day, and require a  minimum of 10 teachers and access to a pool.

How to Participate: Contact E.V. Bell (elizabeth.bell@scseagrant.org) to schedule a teacher training.

From Seeds to Shoreline®

Description: STEM-based environmental-stewardship project that engages students in restoring areas of critical salt marsh habitat through cultivating and transplanting of smooth cord grass (Sporobolus alterniflorus). Throughout the process, students not only learn about the importance of the salt marsh but also engage in scientific investigations to examine variables that help or hamper S. alterniflorus growth.

Grade Levels: K-12

Cost of Training: No cost

BioDiscovery Project

Description: STEM-based citizen-science project that engages students in creating bioracks for investigating marine organisms and water quality. Data is collected and entered into a data portal that is shared among schools for analysis and comparison along and across watershed systems.

Grade Levels: K-12

Cost of Training: No cost

How to Participate: To join the waiting list, please contact E.V. Bell (elizabeth.bell@scseagrant.org).