Professional Development

Ocean Academy

The Ocean Academy is an innovative professional development program that offers supportive training opportunities in the sciences, arts and other related disciplines. Participants receive support and guidance from the Center for University, School, and Community Partnerships (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), as well as specialist educators, scientists, historians and scholars.

Upcoming offerings:

Join us to explore a strange planet—ours.

The Ocean Explorium Ocean Academy and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announce a unique professional development opportunity: a two-part workshop on

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Exploration and Research at Deep Sea Vents

  • Visit two partnering institutions in one day and learn about the most alien landscapes on Earth: hydrothermal vents of the deep sea!
  • Part 1: In the morning, visit the Ocean Explorium, see a special Science on a Sphere®* presentation and learn about how chemosynthesis can add to your curriculum.
  • Part 2: Travel to Woods Hole by bus, eat lunch, see the Visitor’s Center, go behind the scenes at one of the top oceanographic research institutions in the world, and tour the Deep Submergence Laboratory where engineers create vehicles and instruments for exploring the deep sea.

Your guides to this deep-sea world will be expert educators, research scientists and engineers from the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole on Cape Cod.

The workshop will provide content and build understanding of Earth Science topics adaptable across grade levels, 4-12. Topics covered will include plate tectonics, hydrothermal vents and how they form, and the strange animals that cluster around hydrothermal vents and live off chemical energy in this sunless, cold, and (to us) poisonous environment.

Limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants will receive lunch and round trip transportation between the Ocean Explorium and Woods Hole, as well as certification of 6 PD contact hours. Schools will be reimbursed for hiring substitute teachers for the day.

*The Science on a Sphere® is generously provided through a partnership with UMass Dartmouth. This opportunity is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  NSF #1202977 to S. Beaulieu (WHOI) and A. Spargo (Ocean Explorium)

This workshop is currently full.  If you wish to be put on a waiting list, in the event of a cancellation, please complete the online registration form.

* * * * *  To register, please complete the following online registration form.

*If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible so that another teacher will not miss this opportunity.


For programs specific to the NSF Teach! SouthCoast grant, go to the NSF Teach page.