In 2005 the National Research Council published a report entitled, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, that focuses on the need to build a competent workforce that is literate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. This need is directed at not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also those who will develop new approaches to managing resources, and the general public who will make decisions.
Within this focus area Sea Grant has assumed the responsibility to improve the environmental literacy of the general public, to inform teachers and informal educators of new advances in science and technology, to inform decision makers of advances in science that informs policy, and to assist in the training of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and law students. Each of these diverse audiences requires a different approach in providing technical information that will enhance opportunities for learning.
Laela Sayigh, Kathy Patterson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and M. Carla Curran, Broader Impacts, LLC: Experiential learning for the visually impaired: Eavesdropping on marine mammal conversation
Laela Sayigh, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and M. Carla Curran, Broader Impacts, LLC: It’s Noisy Out There! Using Dolphins and Whales to Teach Students about How Humans Influence Coastal Ecosystems