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sharkScripps Voyager for Kids
One fine way to introduce students to real scientists is simply to have students introduce themselves to real scientists. Scripps Voyager for Kids lets young people ask oceanographers questions about the Earth's seas and climate. What I like about Voyager for Kids are the friendly, well-written, and thorough answers. These aren't hastily clacked out replies like you might see on an internet discussion board. Instead, they read like a good magazine article with vivid pictures and balanced voice - not too shallow, not too technical.

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Salt marsh (Natinoal Estuarine Research Reserve System)Sea Grant's Guide to Marine Careers
For an outstanding introduction to ocean science fields and careers, steer your students to NOAA and Sea Grant's There are dozens of swell interview profiles of marine professionals, representing a healthy diversity of men and women from cultures both here and abroad. There are special sections on marine biology, oceanography, engineering, social sciences, and other ocean fields. And there's a neat questionnaire designed to help students figure out which marine fields might jazz them most.

Photo: Peter Edwards, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Economist


State of the Arctic
The Shape of Life Scientist Portraits
See video portraits of 15 marine scientists. In each 5-8 minute clip, the scientist's fascination with the natural world and passion for discovery brim over. They ride mountain bikes in fossiliferous terrain, argue about Cambrian fauna over ales at the local pub, and are utterly human. In addition to the video portrait, each scientist page has a link to a professional profile and interview transcript about his or her career - like this one on Venezuelan sponge specialist Cristina Diaz. The segment on the mighty Gary Vermeij, a blind paleontologist who studies fossil molluscs by touch rather than sight, is not to be missed.

Photo: Cristina Diaz, Museo de Margarita, Venezuela.


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