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Marine Debris Program Presents at the National Science Teaching Association Conference

AUG. 1 — On July 22, 2022, NOAA Marine Debris Program Education Specialist Alexandria Brake and California Sea Grant Marine Debris Extension Fellow Tanya Torres led an impactful workshop for science educators focused on the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP) at the National Science Teaching Association’s national conference.

Alexandria and Tanya presented on the importance of monitoring and opportunities to integrate marine debris monitoring into the science classroom, including a new draft of a specific material intended to support MDMAP surveys with students. Educators participated in activities like walking a transect according to MDMAP protocols, sorting surveyed debris with MDMAP data sheets, and exploring the MDMAP database. They also had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Marine Debris Program in order to make the final material more accessible and helpful for educators. 

The Marine Debris Program looks forward to updating the Guide to NOAA’s MDMAP for Educators and publishing the final version in the future. 

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Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:40pm PST