Outreach and K-12 Resources and Links

UW in the High School

The UW in the High School (UWHS) Program offers high school students the opportunity to complete University of Washington courses — and earn UW credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers.  The School of Oceanography partners with teachers at many high schools to offer Oceanography 101: Survey of Washington Waters through this program.   Atmospheric Sciences 211:  Climate and Climate Change is offered through a collaborative initiative of several departments within the College of the Environment.


The NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). UW has received 5 years of funding to host the OACIS program, focused on increasing ocean literacy among high school students.  GK-12 Fellows work with teachers and contribute their subject knowledge to enrich classroom experiences while improving their own teaching and communications skills.

Washington on Water

WOW is an online database for K-12 educators seeking marine education resources throughout Washington – from interior watersheds to the outer coast. Created and maintained by Washington Sea Grant, it is regularly updated and evolving. WOW brings together educators, scientists, industry, government and nonprofit organizations to improve marine science literacy, providing information on classroom resources, field activities, professional development opportunities and funding sources.


COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities is a partnership between the UW's College of the Environment and College of Education, and the Seattle Aquarium, funded by the National Science Foundation.  We are actively building a community of scientists, marine volunteer organizations, formal and informal educators and interested citizens to form an ocean learning community. Join the community and get help with science outreach, request a scientist to speak to your organization or classroom, learn about current ocean and marine science, or how to connect with other program leaders, volunteers and educators to to learn more about your ocean community.

Orca Bowl

Oceanography is a sponsor of the Washington Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl, hosted by Sea Grant.  In this exciting annual event, teams of high school students from around the state compete in a round robin tournament that challenges and recognizes their knowledge of the world's oceans.