OCEAN EDUCATION RESOURCES
Upcoming LIVE Webinars & Streaming Events
- APRIL 7, 2020 (11:10-11:55 AM MDT) - Sharks and Their Amazing Adaptations Webinar with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza
This FREE webinar is led by world renowned shark expert Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, and will take your students on a journey to discover some of the over 500 different shark species and to learn about their marvelous adaptations. The lesson ends with a discussion about the need for shark conservation as many shark species are now in peril due to overfishing. Students will have a chance to ask questions through the chat box throughout the webinar.
- APRIL 9, 2020 (1:00-1:30 PM MDT) - What was it like growing up on a boat? Facebook LIVE Q&A with Ayla Besemer
OFI’s Science Educator, Ayla, spent eight years living and traveling aboard a boat. Join her for a Facebook Live Q&A to learn what it’s like to grow up at sea, and what she learned about protecting the ocean while traveling tens of thousands of miles on it! If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to brave storms at sea, traverse the Panama Canal, navigate by the stars, or sail underneath calving glaciers, Ayla is here to share her story. Follow @oceanfirstinstitute1 to join.
- APRIL 15, 2020 (11:00-11:45 AM MDT) - Mysteries of Megalodon Webinar with Dr. Mikki McComb Kobza and Gary Staab
Join us for this incredible LIVE event with shark biologist Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and Paleoartist Gary Staab as they share the fascinating story of the Megalodon shark. What did Megalodon really look like, how big did it get, what did it eat, how did it find prey, why did it go extinct? Discover how scientists use fossils and closely related species to answer questions about this extinct shark. Gary Staab is the creator of the world’s most scientifically accurate 52-foot Megalodon now on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Participants will have a chance to ask questions in the chat box throughout the session.
- APRIL 16, 2020 (1:00-1:30 PM MDT) - How can I help protect the ocean? Instagram LIVE Q&A with OFI staff
Although Ocean First Institute is based in the very-landlocked Boulder, CO, our mission is to inspire meaningful conservation through education. Even in Colorado, our everyday actions impact the ocean, which means we can help ensure it is protected. Join our staff for an Instagram Live at 1:00 PM on 4/16 to learn what you can do to conserve the ocean from Colorado, or other inland locations! Follow @oceanfirstinstitute to join.
- APRIL 23, 2020 (1:00-1:30 PM MDT) - Reducing our Plastic Footprint - Instagram LIVE Q&A with OFI staff
Reducing plastic and other waste can have a tremendous and positive impact on our ocean and planet. OFI’s Director of Outreach, Lauren, lives a nearly zero-waste life, and is here to chat with you about how communities can move towards doing the same! Join us on 4/23 to learn how you can reduce waste, conserve resources, and protect the planet in the process. Follow @oceanfirstinstitute to join.
- APRIL 30, 2020 (1:00-1:30 PM MDT) - What can I learn by being a SCUBA diver? Instagram LIVE Q&A with OFI staff
SCUBA diving can open up a fantastic underwater world of discovery, exploration, and self-confidence. Join OFI’s staff members for a 4/30 Instagram Live at 1 pm on SCUBA diving. Want to hear about diving with sharks and alligators? The coolest animals you can see while underwater? How Rescue diving helped one OFI staff member overcome her fear of the open ocean? We have answers for all your questions. Follow @oceanfirstinstitute to join.
- More live events to be scheduled soon!
Hands-On Ocean Activities
- Make your own stony coral polyp with food - Learn about coral anatomy and practice your building/culinary skills!
- Sea level rise experiment with DIY playdoh (Part 1) - Make your own playdoh as we prep for a sea level rise experiment!
- Sea level rise experiment (Part 2) - Test your hypothesis (sea ice vs. land ice) with some ice, playdoh, and fun in this sea level rise experiment.
- Polar bear adaptations activities - In these icy activities, learn about polar bear adaptations that allow them to survive in the Arctic cold!
- Polar bear camouflage game - Test your artistic skills in this camouflage game (great for all ages)!
- Neutral buoyancy activity - Learn the challenges of achieving neutral buoyancy in underwater exploration!
- Ocean currents activity - COMING SOON!
Live Video Feeds
Ocean First Education
- Sharks and Their Amazing Adaptations Webinar with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza - (27 min.)
Sharks are an ancient group, over 400 million years of evolutionary history. They have radiated into nearly every aquatic habitat on the planet. From the brightly lit coral reefs, to the deep dark benthos where no sunlight penetrates. We find sharks in a variety of habitats and each with unique adaptations that make them successful predators. This lesson is led by world renowned shark expert Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, and will take your students on a journey to discover some of the over 500 different shark species and to learn about their marvelous adaptations.
- Why Do Hammerhead Sharks Have the Weird Head Shape? Webinar with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza - (27 min.)
Hammerhead sharks are unquestionably one of the strangest looking of all sharks. Why do they have such a weird head shape? Does it impact the way they perceive their world? Does it give them any advantage over more "normal" looking sharks? Your students will find out the answers to these, and many more, questions about the mysterious, and often misunderstood, hammerhead shark! Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza will discuss her latest research on hammerhead sharks and explain how having the weird head may be a very good thing!
- Go Noodle, Skype, and Ocean First Institute World Oceans Day Live Broadcast - (20 min.)
From a new rendition of 'Baby Shark' and an amazing interview with shark expert, Dr. Mikki, it was a virtual field trip for the books. In case you missed the live event, check out the the recording above. Perfect for a school adventure or at-home activity!
- Great White Shark LIVE Webinar from CSULB Shark Lab and Ocean First Institute - (33 min.)
Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza delivered a live webinar for teachers and students from the shark lab at California State University Long Beach, and the webinar was hosted by great white shark researcher Dr. Chris Lowe. Dr. McComb-Kobza shared her discoveries from her trip to observe great white sharks near the island of Isla Guadalupe, 150 miles west off the Baja Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. The island has been declared a biosphere reserve by the Mexican government and is home to a population of over 120 great white sharks. This White Shark expedition and educational webinar came together through the efforts and long-term vision of Dan Stetson. Broadcasting sharks LIVE underwater 200 miles off the coast of Mexico via satellite is challenging, and occurred because of the technical expertise and talent of Andrea Stockert. Funding was provided by The Nicholas Endowment, The Historical Diving Society and The Academy of Underwater Arts and Science.
- Blue Ocean Summit Interview with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza - (48 min.)
Learn about the importance of our connection to the ocean from our Executive Director, Dr. Mikki McComb Kobza.
- World Oceans Day Virtual Field Trip with Skype in the Classroom and Ocean First Institute - (28 min.)
On World Oceans Day 2017 Skype in the Classroom hosted Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza from Ocean First Institute and Aquanauts from Aquarius Reef Base for a virtual field trip to celebrate ocean exploration and discovery.
- The Story of the Sea Turtle (22 min.)
- Octopus Coloring Page and Ocean Pledge
- Hammerhead Coloring Page and Ocean Pledge
- Sea Turtle Coloring Page and Plastic Pollution Pledge
- Polar Bear Camouflage Coloring Sheet