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February 13, 2015 | E-Ching Lee

By E-CHING LEE

Posted Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

I went to SciREN Coast 2015 at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores last night.

It was energetic. It was fun. It was crowded.

Armed with an iPad, I wandered around to see what there was to see, including checking out several shipwrecks.

Terri Kirby Hathaway, North Carolina Sea Grant marine education specialist, had a table with goodies for teachers.

Two women look at sand and beach finds in plastic box.

Terri (in green) explains her beach in a box that she fills with beach finds and sends to teachers in the state.

Terri, teachers around table with handouts.

Terri is a blur of activity as she hands out homework assignments to teachers who want to earn CEU credits.

I also saw some other people with Sea Grant affiliations.

Two women talking

Shannon Brown, 2014 Sea Grant/NC Research Reserve fellow, explains her lesson plan that illustrates how spat use sound to help them settle.

Jennifer talking to teachers in front of big fish tank

Jennifer Dorton, coordinator of the N.C. Sentinel Site Cooperative, recruited teachers for some projects her organization wants to implement.

More scenes from last night.

Two researchers at adjoining tables.

These two researchers, back to back, explained their lesson plans to teachers — and some curious fish.

Seeing researchers and teachers through glass wall.

Some researchers were in brighter areas that were decorated to reflect an upcoming holiday.

People looking at painting for ocean scene

Teachers were encouraged to pick up a paint brush to add to this ocean scene spotlighted at this station.

Teachers on computers

Next to Terri’s tables, teachers could sign up for a portal with lesson plans and resources from researchers.

If you missed this event — or if you attended and didn’t get enough — consider participating in SciREN Triangle 2015 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

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