Capstone Project Title
Chad Scott & John Fleck
Abstract The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has defined ocean literacy as an “understanding of the ocean’s influence on you — and your influence on the ocean” (NOAA, 2013). Students are future decision-makers and engaging them in ocean literacy is vital as they will continue to be confronted with climate change throughout their lives. This capstone project addresses the question: How can experiential education on the topic of coral reef restoration increase the investment of land-locked, middle school students in marine conservation? This document identifies how ocean literacy and marine science topics are poorly represented in school curricula despite the marine ecosystem — specifically coral reefs — being of utmost importance to the planet. This document also focuses on experiential learning as one of the best means to educate students, make an impact, and have them retain what they learn. The project involves a facilitator guide for assembling coral propagation tanks along with a 12-week, experiential learning project for students of growing corals to witness the effects of increasing ocean temperatures. The project is created from the Next General Science Standards and utilizes the backward design framework of Understanding by Design from Wiggins and McTighe (2011).
Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Science, Ocean Literacy
Espelien, Krista, "Increasing Ocean Environment Awareness in Land-Locked Middle School Students" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 807.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects