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CHANCE - Panama 2013 Field Program

The 2013 CHANCE program consists of two courses: Biology 297F/497F - Global Climate Change: Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems and Biology 297I/497I - A Field Practicum in Panama.Taken together, but sequentially, these course will help undergraduate and graduate students earn credits and hours in biology that will prepare them to better understand the challenges of global climate change and the importance of sustaining biodiversity. It will also immerse its teacher participants (pre-service and in-service) in experiences that will allow them to promote environmental literacy and scientific inquiry on the topics of global climate change and sustainability in their classrooms.

Panama 2013 Courses Description

Biology 297F/497F - Global Climate Change: Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems: Through online instruction during the spring semester (Late Spring, 2013), all participants will engage in learning opportunities and lessons which will enhance their pre-trip knowledge in content areas such as the biodiversity of the select ecosystems to be explored (jungles, mangroves, sea grasses, and coral reefs), the science behind global climate change, historic events that surround the Panama canal and the creation of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), and the indigenous people of Panama.

Biology 297I/497I - A Field Practicum in Panama: The two and one-half week field practicum in July, 2013 (June 28 – July 14, 2013) will provide real-world research and conservation experiences – that are chaperoned by STRI field-based scientists – which focus on the effects of global climate change on ecosystem biodiversity and dynamics. As participants progress through the program they will also learn how conservation efforts and scientific research are key components to solving the global challenges of sustainability. A highlight of this trip will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings along with members of WIDECAST, an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators in more than 40 nations and territories committed to an integrated, regional capacity that ensures the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations, so as to help sustain these endangered animals.

CHANCE welcomes not only Pennsylvania applicants, but K-12 in-service teachers from throughout
the United States and the world to apply for the 2013 CHANCE program.

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