Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Educator Workshops

  Cabrillo Marine Aquarium regularly offers free workshops for educators who want to bring ocean science into the classroom.  To register for any upcoming workshop, please call 310-548-7562.

Earthquake and Tsunami Science
Educator Workshop

The goals of this one-day workshop include providing educators with state of the art classroom ready earthquake science, fostering a sense of community among formal and informal educators, and providing pathways to participation in regional preparedness events to support a more earthquake and tsunami resilient Californian. Participants will have direct access to California’s ongoing earthquake science and emergency preparedness experts.

Workshop includes
· Presentations by experts covering earthquake and tsunami science relevant to Southern California
· Breakout activities with materials that can be immediately used at your school or museum (aligned with mandated content standards)
· Emphasis on the interconnected relationships of science and emergency preparedness
· Opportunity for educators and museum educators to network
· A short interpretive hike and tsunami evacuation drill
· Cabrillo Marine Aquarium experiences
· Invitations to participate in the Quake Catcher Network Citizen Science Program, The Great ShakeOut, Tsunami Preparedness Week, and other public earthquake events
· Lunch, materials, museum exploration, and mini interpretive field experience ($100+ value!)

Materials include
· A binder with activities
· Access to online earthquake and tsunami hazard maps
· The Great California ShakeOut starter kit
· Multimedia resources for preparedness and science (online, DVDs, posters)
· A plate tectonics map and activity guide you can use immediately

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing and FREE to all registered participants.

LAUSD pre-approved professional development opportunities for salary point credit. For more information or to register contact the Aquarium at 310-548-7562.


• Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Scaffolding Open-Ended Inquiry
Educator Workshop

This workshop is for middle and high school educators.

Bored with cookbook labs?
Frustrated with teacher-directed science kits that leave little room for exploration?
Unsure how turn your favorite labs into the more student-centered inquiry activities promoted in NGSS?

Come explore inquiry-based learning through hands-on science labs and activities that are connected to the Common Core connections to science and NGSS Science & Engineering Practices.

Learn how to “open up” traditional cookbook labs into activities where students decide what to investigate, how to investigate it, and how to interpret the results they generate.

You'll leave this all-day workshop with tons of teacher resources, activities, and an enthusiasm to bring more inquiry into your classroom!

Bring a large flash drive (with over 2 GB free space) or connect to resources through DropBox.

During the workshop we will explore:

• the benefits of Inquiry and Problem-based learning (PBL);
• how to scaffold the inquiry process throughout the school year;
• how to develop higher-level questioning through demos & discussion; and
• how to help students create and implement workable experimental designs.

This workshop is grant-sponsored and FREE. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants.

LAUSD pre-approved professional development opportunities for salary point credit. For more information or to register contact the Aquarium at 310-548-7562.


• Saturday, May 31, 2014 • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Teacher Workshop: Research Program Icebreaker
This teacher workshop introduces tools used by CMA's Aquatic Nursery to mentor students. Participants will be trained on how to guide students in designing their own research proposals and exploring feasible, economical experimental techniques. This workshop is recommended for high school teachers.

This workshop is a LAUSD pre-approved professional development opportunity towards a salary point credit.

For more information or to register for this FREE teacher workshop, please contact the Aquarium at 310-548-7562.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Boeing.

• Sunday, June 08, 2014 • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM