Workshops with Prof. Emma


    “I can’t wait to explore museums, culture, literature reviews, and careers with students in these 4-week workshops! The workshop course style gives students even more freedom to work on independent projects–and gives me a chance to discuss fascinating and exciting topics!” ~ Prof. Emma

    Enrollment Options


    Enrollment Options can be viewed *above* in the Description Section.

    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length16 weeks

    This course is split into four standalone, project-based workshops:

    • Marine Organisms in Museums
    • Current Culture – Marine Focus
    • Research Fundamentals – Literature Reviews
    • Seaworthy Careers

    Enroll your registered student in all four workshops ($280) by clicking here. 

    Enroll in all four workshops simultaneously using the link above for a discounted price!

    Museums and aquariums are great ways to learn more about the world around us! Have you ever thought about how museums choose how to display organisms, specimens, and information? What about how have displays changed over time? And what else can we discover about the marine organisms on display?

    This workshop will explore how museums function now and what they looked like in the past from the perspective of their marine specimens!

    Students with access to a museum/aquarium (or multiple!) with marine organisms on display (fossils count!) will be tasked with exploring those local collections and finding out more about specimens. Informational placards don’t always capture the full story of how awesome specimens are!

    Students without access to a museum/aquarium with marine organisms on display will be tasked with virtually exploring a museum or aquarium and finding out more about specimens. Exploring virtually gives students an opportunity to see specimens that might not be on display!

    The global exchange of information has really changed the way that people think and learn! Companies and individuals are constantly seeking our attention and clicks, and this mindset extends to information about marine organisms and conservation too!

    In Current (pun intended) Culture, we will explore how our culture influences and is influenced by what we know about marine organisms! We’ll tackle clickbait, conservation organizations’ strategies, and more!

    Students will design and conduct their own survey to assess public knowledge & awareness about marine organisms and pertinent issues!

    Knowing more about how our current world functions helps us make real change!

    There is so much information on the Internet! So, how do scientists know what hasn’t been researched yet? How do they know what’s out there? Literature reviews!

    Over the course of this workshop, students will learn how to conduct a literature review of their very own. Students will learn about different types of scientific sources, how search terms change their results, what makes a scientific source trustworthy, and more!

    Students who are already proficient at reading and comprehending scientific articles will collect data from published, peer-reviewed articles. Students who are not yet practiced at scientific article reading will collect information from general Internet resources.

    Let’s learn more about what we know!

    Careers in marine science are highly sought-after! But the process can be so confusing! University, grad school, job boards, networking…

    Prof. Emma will give you a sneak peek at the process! We’ll discuss steps that are approaching quickly (picking a college & major, getting involved with projects) and steps that are still a bit further away (letters of recommendation from professors, grad school, job boards).

    Students will explore potential routes they could take–colleges, labs, and jobs they may want to be involved in later on!

    This workshop will benefit anyone who wants to explore potential career pathways, particularly those in scientific disciplines!

    Note to parents: 

    • For a list of the scientific skills students will develop, see the What to Expect tab.
    • Each workshop contains instructional recordings from Prof. Emma, resources, and instructor support. Materials will be made available each Monday.

    Enroll your registered student in all four workshops ($280) by clicking here. 

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Instructional recordings from Prof. Emma about the week’s topic.
    • Forums where students can share their findings and/or projects.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Further resources for deeper exploration.

    Scientific skills students will develop in Marine Organisms in Museums:

    • Research on taxonomical classifications & information about organisms using general Internet sources.
    • Knowledge of basic museum & aquarium design.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding.

    Scientific skills students will develop in Current Culture – Marine Focus:

    • Critical thinking about Internet resources & marketing.
    • Research on accurate scientific information about marine organisms.
    • Connecting with the public about issues facing marine organisms/environments.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding.

    Scientific skills students will develop in Research Fundamentals – Literature Reviews:

    • Conducting a literature review using Internet resources and/or scientific articles.
    • Building understanding of a topic of their choice.
    • Using search engines to their advantage.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding.

    Scientific skills students will develop in Seaworthy Careers:

    • Awareness of how careers in science are built.
    • Awareness of options available to them.

    Before taking these courses, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 6th-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • Any readings will be online, no textbook required.