Teaming up with REU and looking ahead

OIP had a very busy summer season – 12 cruises in 3 months!  Even though we’ve slowed down a bit now that the days are shorter and wetter, we are still active and excited about ocean research and education.  OIP has been teaming up with REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) students from Seattle-area community colleges.  OIP and a team of 3 students have been going out every two months to collect sediments, foraminifera, and water samples.  Working with these students has been a fun twist on our normal OIP cruise.  Rather than teaching the students about our Puget Sound environment, OIP instructors have been assisting the REU students with their self-directed research.

We have plenty of availabilities during the winter and are even starting to look towards the spring months.  If you and your group would like to schedule a cruise, please get in touch with us at info@oceaninquiry.org.  There are many options to tailor a cruise for your needs – location, duration, ship size, etc.  We would be happy to work with you!

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Finding a Story in Data: Tuning in to Pteropods

Expand your experience with, and knowledge of, data and curriculum to help   students understand, OA, pH, fragile marine ecosystems, environmental impacts in the Puget Sound

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Who:   6th grade through Comm. College Educators

What:   Research Cruise, OA lab, NOAA OA Lab Tour, Ocean Data Computer Lab

Where:   Seattle – Univ. of Washington and Puget Sound

When:   Friday, August 15, 2014; Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

View flyer: Finding a Story in Data Ocean Acidification Aug 15 16 2014

Join (Ocean Inquiry Project), NANOOS (Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing System) and NOAA PMEL (Pacific Marine Environmental Lab) and WSG (Washington Sea Grant) as we explore the ecological impact of ocean acidification (OA) in the Salish Sea through the lens of one of nature’s most fragile biological indicator, the Pteropod.

This workshop connects chemical, physical, biological and technological STEM concepts with Dr. Nina Bednarsek, NOAA PMEL, Pteropod Researcher; Dr. Fritz Stahr, UW and OIP, Physical Oceanographer; Meg Chadsey, WA Sea Grant, Ocean Acidification Specialist; and Dr. Jan Newton, APL-UW, NANOOS Dir and WA Ocean Acidification Center co-Director.

This two-day workshop is an comprehensive investigation of OA and includes an oceanographic data/pteropod collection cruise, OA Lab, tour of a NOAA OA Lab, ocean data computer lab time linking real-time buoy and glider data with our field study and STEM links back to your classroom.

Registrations accepted through August 7, on a first come first serve basis.

This workshop is free and limited to 20 educators. Free Clock-hours & Certificates of Participation upon request. Stipends ($50) for follow-up activities will be provided.

Fill out the Registration: Aug 15 16 registration

Questions?Contact Amy Sprenger at 206 543 0061 (office) or 206 280 9850 (cell) or at aspreng@uw.edu

Olympia BWET teachers on Indigo Nov 16 pic 1

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Happy Summer Solstice!

We hope you are enjoying the longest day of the year in the beautiful Puget Sound area or wherever you may be!

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Summer 2014 cruise season kicks off

We are on the cusp of summer here in the Pacific Northwest, and OIP is ramping up for a big busy summer 2014 cruise season.  To start it off, we are having our annual volunteer instructor training cruise on Sunday, June 1st.  OIP volunteers are often oceanography, fisheries, or marine affairs grad students at the University of Washington, but anyone with a marine science background, an interest in inquiry-based education, and a love of boat-based science is welcome.

In addition to the training cruise, we have a number of cruises in the works for the rest of the summer.  Stay tuned!

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Finding a Story in Data: Puget Sound Cruise and Data Workshop for Educators

Join us November 16th!

Ocean Inquiry Project (OIP) is co-sponsoring a workshop with WA NAME and NANOOS on Saturday Nov 16 for educators to expand your experience with, and knowledge of, data and curriculum to help students understand how ocean circulation impacts the Puget Sound ecosystem.

  • The workshop will consist of a morning research cruise on Puget Sound and an afternoon at UW Oceanography
  • On the morning cruise we will sample at 3 sites on Puget Sound, collecting data on the physical (via CTD casts), chemical (niskin bottle samples) and biological (phytoplankton and zooplankton tows) conditions in the main basin of Puget Sound.
  • In the afternoon we will be at UW Oceanography and will tour the Puget Sound Model Lab and work with online resources of ocean data from the Pacific Northwest to generate our own stories using ocean data.
  • Follow-up support (clock hours, stipends and support from workshop instructors) will be available to teachers attending the workshop

View the Flyer for more information: Finding a Story in Data

Apply now! The workshop is limited to 12 educators. Applications accepted on rolling basis through Nov. 9.

Download the Application in Word: Nov 16 application or PDF: Nov 16 application

To reserve your spot or for more information contact Amy Sprenger:
aspreng@uw.edu or 206 543 0061 (office) or 206 280 9850 (cell)

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Spring has sprung! 2013 Cruises Ahoy!

OIP had it’s first two cruises of the 2013 season last week (March 27th and 28th) with students from Garfield HS. Two beautiful sunny spring days out on Puget Sound aboard the M/V Maritime instructor, who could ask for more?

But wait! There IS more! We’re hosting our annual spring training cruise April 13th, 2013 for new volunteer instructors. Our volunteers are typically grad students in Oceanography, Fisheries or Marine Affairs, but anyone with a background in marine science and a willingness to lead inquiry-based experiments is welcome.

And on April 20th, we’ll be having a cruise for Port Townsend Marine Science Center volunteers out of Port Townsend. Stay tuned for more dates as our cruise season heats up!

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Galloping Sea Cucumber!


Many animals, when exposed to a stimulus indicating danger, will exhibit an escape response or reflex that is characteristic to the species– an ingrained set of specific behaviors. Some sea cucumbers have a really neat escape reflex: though usually slow and sluggish, when exposed to a predator, they will literally gallop away!

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Dive Station– Mooring Buoy

Ever wonder what lies beneath the huge mooring buoys that barges tie up to?

We’ll be posting new Dive Station videos semi-weekly until our 2013 cruise season revs up! Stayed tuned!

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Cure your winter blues with a new OIP video– Sea stars!

Summer’s coming!

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

Ocean Inquiry Project had a fantastic 2012 cruise season, and many thanks to all our boat operators and our wonderful crew of volunteer instructors for their help– we literally could not do it without you guys! Thanks to our participants as well, we couldn’t do it without you either :) We hope everyone who came out with us had an unforgettable learning experience, and more than a little fun.

Stay tuned for news of our 2013 schedule.

Many thanks also to Jon Steinberg, who provided the images in this post, along with many more in our photostream! More of his work can be found at http://jonathansteinberg.photoshelter.com/

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