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Welcome to Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Kids' Corner

This web page is for students and teachers who are interested
in learning more about the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf oil spill classroom resources

Looking for ways to address the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill with your class? Education is one of the many tools to avoid incidents like the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the future.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education website - click on “Oil Industry & Spills” to find lesson plans and experiments to engage students with oil spill curriculum.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance's oil spill maps

PBS Kids Blog discussing the spill - Scroll down to Blogs, first entry

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Earth Gauge Kids - Gulf of Mexico Month

Earth Gauge KidsThe Earth Gauge Kids theme for June, "Gulf of Mexico," is online at The website is geared toward grades 5-8, but is a useful tool for many audiences. There is a widget available, which any organization can add to its website. Though the themes (and the widget image) change monthly, the pages are archived on the site. Earth Gauge has also continued to add to its list of vetted resources on the BP oil disaster for meteorologists, educators and the public. VISIT EARTH GAUGE WEBSITE

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Encyclopedia of Life reaches out to
K-16 educators with marine theme

Encyclopedia of LifeThe Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the global initiative to put every one of Earth’s 1.8 million living known species online in approximately 10 years, launches its K-16 education outreach with a year-long campaign focusing on marine biodiversity and conservation. VISIT EOL WEBSITE

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NOAA website offers kids games online

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers an "online arcade" filled with interactive games and activities
NOAA's Planet Arcade offers online games
Visit to play this and many other educational online games.
focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and activities of NOAA and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship. This month, NOAA added a new game its arcade called, "WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea." Set in California's Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, the game explains what an estuary is and describes diverse ecosystems in estuaries, tidal influences, restoration efforts, and marine debris. WaterLife and other games are online at:

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Check out to find a new on-line science curriculum from NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System called Estuaries 101, which provides powerful ways for students to learn fundamental concepts in science and develop scientific thinking skills, as well as explore the nation’s biologically rich and economically important estuaries.
At NOAA's new website, students can learn about science and
explore the nation's important estuaries through hands-on activities.

From flying over an estuary with “Google Maps” to tracking the path and impact of a hurricane, Estuaries 101 modules feature hands-on learning, experiments, field-based activities and data explorations.

Designed for 9th–12th grade classrooms – with the flexibility to adapt to higher or lower grades – Estuaries 101 meets key National Science Education Standards and can be readily aligned to all state standards.

In addition to Estuaries 101, students and educators can access:

  • Videos: A series of complementary videos will bring to life the different concepts taught in the Estuaries 101 Curriculum.
  • Animated interpretations of live water quality and weather data from the NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program to help students understand concepts and visualize processes and changes in an estuarine system.
  • A database of teacher training opportunities offered at the National Estuarine Research Reserves.
  • Fish fact sheets which provide useful information on species, including: a picture of the species, a map of the species' range, quick facts about the species, conservation notes and life history information.
  • News section featuring current events and activities in the reserve system.

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Create an ecosphere in a jar
without getting your hands dirty!

This interactive simulation by the BCC uses real data from university experiments. Success or failure -- you decide! CLICK TO PLAY GAME

Virtual Ecosphere Game
An ecosphere is a world in minature, a tiny slice of life sealed off from the outside world. It could be described as an ecosystem in a bottle. Materially closed, but thermodynamically open, it takes no additional material from the outside but still allows heat and sunlight in. Ideally, an ecosphere is self-sustaining. Once sealed, the animals and plants contained in it should be able to survive indefineitly, by cycling carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and other elements.

The resources on Earth needed to sustain life (air, water and food) are limited. At any given moment there is only enough oxygen in the atmosphere to support the breathing of all living things for about 2000 years. Yet life on Earth has existed considerably longer, and there are no envisioned natural causes within the biosphere that suggest it will end in the near future. Herein lies the paradox: life may be endless but its resources are finite. Such an apparent contradiction is only possible because these resources are constantly recycled for use again and again.

Ecology is the study of the interaction between living things, their environment and the resources they need to sustain life. The kinds of systems studied by ecologists are wide-ranging and varied. They include single locations such as ponds, rivers and fields, through to more general environments such as plains, forests and oceans, ending up with the Earth itself. The Earth is one giant ecosystem with all living things interacting with the environment and each other, using and reusing the finite resources to live.

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Treasures of the Texas Coast
Children's Art Contest

Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest
Artwork of 2007 contest winner Carla De Lara of Brownsville, Texas

The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program's 11th Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest received 6,073 entries from children all across Texas. The artwork illustrated what children like about the Texas coast and the program's official slogan "Trashing Texas Beaches Isn't Cool!".

The annual contest is organized through the General Land Office's Adopt-A-Beach Program. For more information on the Adopt-A-Beach Program, the Children's Art Contest, or the Spring Cleanup, call toll free at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit the website at where all the winning artwork is displayed.

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Cyberways & Waterways

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Ocean Conservancy
Help a Right Whale fix what's wrong
PLAY GAME ~ Help a Right Whale fix what's wrong

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Texas Parks & Wildlife's Outdoor Kids Network
Texas Parks & Wildlife's Outdoor Kids Network
EXPLORE ~ Learn about Texas and its wild things, play games and get outdoors

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Play games with Sea World's Shamu

PLAY GAME ~ Paint, play puzzles and other games while learning more about killer whales and other marine animals.

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Build your own squid and set it free!
Build your own squid
PLAY GAME ~ Select eyes, fins, head, arms, mantle and tentacles to create a squid at the Colossal Squid Exhibition website.