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Education at Home Resources During COVID-19 
USC Sea Grant is pleased to provide a list of educational resources to assist educators, students, and families during the shutdown of schools in response to COVID-19. 

The family and student programs available through Sea Grant support lifelong-learning in ocean science. As author and scientist Rachel Carson said, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."

Many individuals and families living in the urban environment are missing a connection to the ocean, though the shoreline may only be a few miles away. The family and student programs provide guided opportunities for students to look more closely at the natural world, and to learn about technology used by scientists to study and understand it. Ensuring that students in urban areas have opportunities to learn about the marine environment, consider careers in ocean sciences, and are prepared as informed residents is of great importance. To accomplish this, USC Sea Grant has long been dedicated to providing teaching resources in English and Spanish and to helping educators teach the principles of marine science and environmental stewardship to urban youth.

Storytime with a Scientist

Parent Child Education Program

The Parent Child Education Program is a unique opportunity for students and their parents to learn together. Parent/guardian-child teams meet weekly at a school or community center to learn about marine and environmental science issues, connecting the urban environment and the ocean... Learn more

Island Explorers

Sea Grant's Island Explorers Program exposes students to marine science and other disciplines through classroom use of curriculum materials. The student-centered science curriculum... Learn more

Summer Science Programs

Weeklong Summer Science Programs provide middle school and high school students the opportunity to delve deeply in marine science while visiting the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, and other coastal sites... Learn more

Food for Thought: Aquaponics for K-12 Classrooms

The Food for Thought aquaponics program is used as a teaching tool for integrated environmental and STEM education in K-12 classrooms. Aquaponics is a model of sustainable urban farming that uses little water and produces no waste. These platforms are a project-based learning approach to increase student knowledge of food options and provide a deeper understanding of core science topics... Learn more.

Seabass in the Classroom

Seabass in the Classroom is a hands-on STEM education program about aquaculture, sustainability, and conservation through the practices of environmental science. Beginning with the 2015–2016 school year, students are raising white seabass in their classrooms: feeding; monitoring growth; implanting an identification tag in each fish; and releasing them into local oceans... Learn more.

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