...about Ocean Caraibes' Environmental Education Programs
TEAM SUPPORTING WORLD EDUCATION
ECRC believes in the
the classic philosophy...
Act locally, think globally.
With the assistance of John
Hopkins University, Virginia Tech University and Educators
for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom (ECRC), Ocean
Caraibes has implemented a series of Marine Science &
Environmental Educational Programs and Teach Tanning
Programs in the Caribbean over the past five years.
Educators for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom
is an organization that matches professional K-12 teachers
with local experts in the field to design and implement
standards based and motivating instruction for educators and
their program participants during and after school hours.
We serve as a catalyst for creating cost-effective,
practical and collaborative means for K-16 education to
connect to professionals in the local community, resources
at the university level or professional researchers. Four
types of services have grown out of that purpose:
Creating connections between elementary, middle and high
school teachers who have specific subject interests and
university researchers or community educators engaged in
Translating aspects of university research or community
professional expertise into learning applications
suitable for pre-college and undergraduate students.
Training teachers and administrators to use and/or
provide the infrastructure to support the learning
applications developed by the collaborative teams.
Supporting community educators schools directly who are
researching student achievement and school based best
ECRC, during its first two years of development, has been
fortunate to have started projects with a number of
outstanding organizations including Artificial Reefs Inc.,
the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute of Panama and the Earth Treks Climbing
Centers. Each client organization offers ECRC an
opportunity to bring their expertise to classrooms through
its model lesson planning entitled Motivator Maps for
What is Motivator Maps for Educators?
Motivator Maps for Educators translate the work of local
research and field experts into doable, highly active
and motivational activities for youth.
These activities are designed for all creative educators
working to engage young people with real world learning
opportunities whether the location is scouts, summer camps,
family programs, after school programs or more formal
The foundations of all Motivational Maps are national
standards of learning, research and fieldwork conducted past
and present by experts in their field.
Teachers for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom, then
design AAAS Strand Maps to translate that expertise into
important youth learning.
Please consider the foundations behind MOTIVATOR MAPS.
Motivator Map Action Pack ~ Samples
SUMMITS ACTION PACKS
ECRC has created an action pack in full cooperation with the
Earth Treks Climbing Centers, Inc. based in Columbia,
Maryland. The Earth Treks professionals support both
learning to climb programs and expeditions to major mountain
peaks around the world. Their work and belief in youth has
led to the creation and continued expansion of the Shared
Summits MOTIVATOR MAPS. In the words of Earth Treks
President and world mountaineer Chris Warner, “Shared
Summits goal is to encourage kids to slay dragons, cure
diseases, fight poverty, or reach for the stars. Everest,
although a cold and brutal place, graciously serves as a
fitting metaphor for making any dream comes true.”
For ECRC educators, Shared Summits provides program leaders
with the simulations to take participants to a place they
have never gone – to the top of Mount Everest. They will
help participants explore the George Mallory mystery,
consider the magnificent Sherpa people, experience ataxia,
and hypothermia and undergo challenges to find out if they
are fit to climb 8,000-meter peaks.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM IN TORTOLA, THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
has proposed to work with local educators to design a unique
environmental set of MOTIVATOR MAPS based on local
environmental issues and the environment. The ECRC
education and technology team would create an environmental
set of MAPS for school, day camp and family programs and a
teacher training exchange program between the island
educators and ECRC’s work in the USA.
Ocean Caraibes envisions capitalizing this program based on their coral
reef emphasis as developed by Biorock Artificial
Reefs, rainforest programming in association with
Tropical Research Institute of Panama and the World
Wildlife Fund, and the salt pond work in connection with
the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Emphasis would be
placed on local interests such as salt ponds, the
reintroduction of flamingos, the local wildlife and specific
issues as identified by local educators in Tortola.
efforts will aim to bolster the local education system in
the BVI and producing a range of educational products that
support the needs and aspirations of teachers and students.