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
- “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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