Teachers learn about deep sea exploration


The Guam Department of Education, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, hosted a teacher training titled “Exploring the Deep Sea.”

The training for middle and high school level educators will focus on addressing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through activities focused on ocean exploration, underwater mapping, ocean health, and remotely operated vehicles. The workshop activities were designed by the NOAA OER.

The NOAA OER offers full-day educator professional development workshops across the country and in U.S. territories. Supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, these workshops promote NOAA OER exploration science, website resources, and education materials. These workshops also encourage educators to use these resources to incorporate more ocean science education in their classrooms.

The workshop facilitators will include education experts Mark Heckman from the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology and Mary Roney from the Waikiki Aquarium.

“The Western Pacific has the most incredible ocean resources in the world,” said Heckman in a release. “There is only one Marianas Trench on earth and there are miles and miles of uncharted ocean canyons, mountains, and bizarre and incredible deep-sea animals in the Western Pacific just waiting to be discovered. It is so important that our island states and nations take the lead in the coming years in ocean research and exploration. We expect island students to be the next generation of ocean researchers, stewards and problem solvers,” he added.

The training was held at the UnderWater World and the University of Guam on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.