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About the Bridge

 

The Bridge Ocean Science Education Resource Center is an ever-growing collection of the best marine education materials available online. The Bridge provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives research scientists a contact point for broader impacts and educational outreach projects. Resources are organized by subject and are searchable by topic and grade level. Unless otherwise noted, Bridge webpages may be reproduced for non-profit educational use provided that the National Sea Grant Office, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) are credited.

The Bridge serves as a clearinghouse for a variety of educational content including:

  • Concise multimedia background information on a variety of ocean science topics
  • Downloadable lesson plans that utilize authentic marine science data sets
  • Information about marine careers, internships, and summer activities for students
  • Professional development opportunities for both formal and informal educators
  • Scuttlebutt, a listserv that allows members to informally discuss marine education questions, issues, and ideas with educators, researchers, and outreach professionals around the globe

Unless otherwise noted, Bridge webpages may be reproduced for non-profit educational use provided that Sea Grant, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) are credited.

Images used on the Bridge come from a variety of sources; many are in the public domain or available with Creative Commons licenses.

History
The Bridge was founded in 1997 as one of five educational projects funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). Other projects that were funded concurrently included: the JASON Project, the Consortium for Oceanographic Activities for Students and Teachers (COAST), Project Oceanography, and the Rutgers/Woods Hole Summer Research Experience Program. The Bridge is headquartered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and is supported by the National Sea Grant Office and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

Contributing Authors

Miriam Sutton

Susan Haynes

Carol Hopper Brill

Noelle Relles

Laura Rose

Kent Hathaway

Susanna Musick

Chris Hager

Juliana Harding

Breea Govenar

Kerstin Fritsches

Francisco Chavez

Lisa Ayers Lawrence

Chris Petrone

Christopher Ryan

Ryan Carnegie

Bruce Barber

John Graves

Kirk Havens

Donna Bilkovic

Dave Stanhope

Kory Angstadt

William DuPaul

Linda Schaffner

Bruce Vogt

Dave Rudders

 

Bridge Staff

Lisa Lawrence Principal Investigator

Celia Cackowski Project Manager

Gary Anderson Technical Advisor


Bridge Emeritus

Founding Co-PIs

Lee Larkin
Vicki Clark

 

Regional Representatives

Terri Kirby Hathaway – Eastern
Rosanne Fortner – Great Lakes
Vicki Osis – Pacific
Sharon Walker – Gulf

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