Educator Workshops

Workshop participants learn how to wire an ROV

DISL’s Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and nonformal educators through virtual and onsite single-day and multi-day workshops.

Workshops include experiences outside in the field, science content, discussions with experts including Sea Lab faculty, and relevant lesson plans and activities to take back to the classroom or learning environment.

Workshops are developed with the Alabama Course of Study standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and Climate Literacy Principles in mind, ensuring that they remain relevant to educators’ teaching needs.

As an AMSTI Affiliate, all DHP workshops provide professional development hours for maintaining teacher certification. Select workshops offer graduate credit through the University of West Alabama for educators pursuing advanced degrees.

DHP also offers a variety of educational resources for informal and formal educators. Visit our [Educational Resources page](dhp/resources/] to view these materials.

Build a ROV: A Virtual STEM Workshop

Are you interested in building a ROV but could use a bit of help? This 4 session virtual workshop will lead you through constructing a fully functional ROV.

Go ROVing!

Join us in person to explore bringing ROVs into your classroom or learning environment and learn about our new ROV loaner classroom kit.

NOAA Ocean Exploration

Through a partnership with the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, NOAA OE supports a series of professional development opportunities for educators to engage their students in learning more about the deep sea.

Ocean STEM

Immerse yourself in ocean STEM in this free multi-day workshop. Experience using ocean technologies in the field, learn from scientists, and explore hands-on classroom activities.

Plankton in 3D: A Virtual Teacher Workshop

Plankton are found in both marine and freshwater environments making the content and activities applicable to every area of Alabama and beyond. This virtual workshop includes the who, whats, and whys of plankton and how they are essential to our lives.

TEACH: Teaching Educators in Alabama about Critters and Habitats

T.E.A.C.H. is a field-based professional development opportunity where teachers will explore coastal Alabama’s diverse habitats and organisms. With a focus on charismatic coastal animals, join us to explore our coastal ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Time traveling through our coastal history using seashells: A STEAM approach

Empty shells preserved in sand and mud on the seafloor offer a lens into past environments, allowing scientists to “time travel” to coastal environments long before the Industrial Revolution. Join us this year to explore the environmental history of Alabama’s coastal waters.