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NOAA Outreach and Education on Protected Species (NOEPS)

The Protected Species Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA developed a program to create core educational materials relating to key marine mammals and protected species topics and our research done at NEFSC. Visit the NOEPS website to learn more, and look below for recent outings and photos.

Forestdale Elementary School: February 2018

NEFSC employee delivers lessons to two classes: a first grade and kindergarten class at Forestdale Elementary School in Sandwich. He used ropes to measure how many students long different marine mammals were including the North Atlantic right whale. He played local marine mammal sounds and then had the kids try to identify mystery sounds.

Mullen-Hall Elementary School: February 15, 2018

Woods Hole Sea Grant educator Grace Simpkins, in collaboration with the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, spent the afternoon with second graders from Mullen Hall Elementary School in Falmouth, MA. Students learned about marine food webs and got to "eat like an odontocete (toothed whale) and mysticete (baleen whale)". They enjoyed eating, recording how much they ate, and comparing their data with classmates. They finished the lesson by talking about marine debris and how it may enter the food web but provides no nutritional value for the animals! These junior scientists now know "you are what you eat!"

Teaticket and Mullen-Hall Schools: May 30 - June 1, 2017

NOEPS taught the 4 Teaticket kindergartens on Tuesday, May 30 (Marine Mammals in Our Backyard) and 5 third grades at Mullen Hall on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1 (Marine Mammal Adaptations and Climate Change).

Falmouth MA Schools: May 15-23, 2017

NOEPS visited Mullen Hall Elementary School on May 15-16, bringing our bioacoustics lesson to the five 4th grade classes. The students asked GREAT questions ranging from whether we can tell gender from a whale's vocalizations to how fast and far a whale's call can travel. These students have now had 3 NOEPS visits/lessons over the course of their elementary school tenure.

May 17-18: NOEPS brought our bioacoustics lessons to Teaticket Elementary School's three 4th grade classes. The students were very excited to find their Orca pod mates and identify mystery marine mammal calls.

May 19: NOEPS visited the three Teaticket Elementary School 3rd grades with the marine mammal adaptations and climate change lesson. The students divided into 2 groups, with one assemblying a human skeleton and the other a harbor porpoise skeleton. They were interested in the similarities and differences.

May 22-23: NOEPS visited the four East Falmouth Elementary School 3rd grades with the marine mammal adaptations and climate change lesson. The students came up with some great ideas for how they can reduce their fossil fuel consumption, and enjoyed exploring the various adaptations marine mammals have to their ocean habitat. These students have now had 3 NOEPS visits/lessons over the course of their elementary school tenure.

Kenneth Coombs School STEM Night, Mashpee MA: May 5, 2017

NOEPS visited the Kenneth C. Coombs school in Mashpee for their STEM night. It was great! There were people there the whole time between 5-7 and we estimated there were at least 300 students with their families. The K-2nd grade students remembered getting a NOEPS lesson last year and identified the baleen right off the bat! They were excited to hold the sperm whale tooth and compare their vertebrae to a sperm whale's, and were fascinated by the zooplankton. They ate like a toothed whale and a baleen whale and several took home an endangered species coloring book.

Riverview School, Sandwich MA: April 27, 2017

On April 27, 2017 Leah Crowe and Heather Heenehan visited the Junior class at Riverview School for Bioacoustics Part 2, their fourth session with the students. In this photo, Heather is teaching the students about echolocation by asking them to cover their eyes while continually saying "fish" in a loud voice. Heather would raise the fish cutout in front of their faces. Because of how the sound changed when it bounced off the cutout, they could tell when the fish was in front of them. In the background is another part of the week's lesson, visualizing sound with a real-time spectrogram of the sound in the room from an app called Spectrumview.

North Falmouth MA: March 22, 2017

On March 22, Grace Simpkins visited North Falmouth Elementary School second grades with our NOEPS "food webs" lesson. Students had fun eating like a baleen whale using their baleen (hair pick) to strain all the zooplanton (seeds) out of their mini "ocean." They also delighted in being toothed whales and using the dolphin or orca grabbers to eat the fish and other animals out of their "ocean." As one student said, "It's important for us to know what the whales are eating to keep them healthy."
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