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Welcome Teachers

The COOL Classroom is a series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations at the Rutgers Marine & Coastal Sciences (RMCS) COOLroom, a collaboration of oceanographers studying the coastal ocean off the coast of New Jersey. Here you will find information about how to use the COOL projects and printable teachers guides.

Why create the COOL Classroom?

The COOL Classroom is designed to capitalize on students’ natural fascination with the marine environment to improve basic skills training, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

Using the COOL Projects in Your Classroom

Each interdisciplinary project uses real-time or near real time data (current and continuous data from the coastal ocean) to support learning of important science concept:

Discrete Versus Continuous Data (Recommended!!!)
Students learn about data collection and the difference between discrete (snapshots), continuous, and real-time data. (15-25 minute interactive activity).

Oceanography Through Time
Students use an interactive time line to learn about the history of the exploration and study of the ocean. (30-45 minute interactive activity).

What is the COOL room anyway? (part 1)
Students explore how and why oceanographers collect data at the COOL room. (30-45 minute interactive activity).

Using COOL Technology (part 2)
Students use the COOL tutorials to learn about the instrumentation used to collect data in the COOL room (30-45 minute activity).

Careers in Oceanography
Students explore the COOL cards to learn about the real people who make the COOL room work (30 minute activity).

Biology Project:“Gone Fishing”
Students explore the role of phytoplankton in a marine food web and how physical factors in the environment affect living communities. (Approximately (4) 45-50 minute classroom periods).

Printable Teacher's Guide

Physics: Follow that Bloom
Students use vectors to graphically calculate Sea Surface Currents. Using real-time oceanographic data, students predict the eventual location of a plankton bloom adrift at sea. (Approximately (3-4) 45-50 minute classroom periods).

Printable Teacher's Guide

Physics: Adrift
Students graphically add vectors to determine the displacement of a boat adrift at sea. Real-time data for sea surface currents is used to determine the drift rate of a ship in the ocean and predict its eventual location. (Approximately (3-4) 45-50 minute classroom periods).

Printable Teacher's Guide

Earth Science: Create an Ocean Weather Forecast
Students predict a “bad” beach day or a “good” fishing day along the New Jersey coast by analyzing real-time meteorological data and satellite maps. (Approximately (3-4) 45-50 minute classroom periods)

Printable Teacher's Guide

How do I integrate COOL Classroom in MY classroom?

COOL Classroom is designed to be flexibly integrated into your existing curriculum. We welcome you to use just one or all the COOL Classroom projects to enrich science learning in your classroom. Click here to see a suggested suggested scope & sequence and thematic instructional sequence.

Visit About this Site to get information about system requirements and running COOL Classroom in your classroom!

Contact Us:


Janice McDonnell
Assistant Manager
mcdonnel@imcs.rutgers.edu

Eric Simms
Education Coordinator
simms@imcs.rutgers.edu

For Information on Professional Development Training Programs for the COOL Classroom and other cool projects see the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve website: http://marine.rutgers.edu/cousteau.


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