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The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: What Can We Learn from this Disaster?

This Web Seminar took place on February 2, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Atziri Ibanez, Audra Livergood and Will Underwood. In this Seminar, the presenters defined estuaries and showed examples of the estuarine reserve system throughout the United States. The presentation focused on the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in the Gulf of Mexico and the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on this rich and sensitive ecological area.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program presented information on the Grand Bay NERR and how it was affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The presenters talked about the monitoring of the water quality and the steps that were taken to minimize the damage to the area after the spill. Atziri Ibanez gave a web tour of the related estuary resources that teachers could use with their students.

Forty-two (42) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: German and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I teach oil spill awareness every year, and I am in south Louisiana. Last year, it became VERY relevant.”
  • “It's an important topic that engages the students, and I can tie into my chemistry "talk".”
  • “The resource given will be used during Project based learning in the classroom.”
  • “Fascinating information. Great presentation. Wonderful graphics, very illustrative. Great web resources.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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