The COASTeam Program offers integrated courses in which teachers learn marine science concepts in the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, and physics. The courses are offered through the College of Charleston, and introduce these concepts using South Carolina's coast as an excellent "classroom," providing teachers with relevant, local examples to carry back to their own classrooms.

With funding from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, the COASTeam Program partnered with the SC Aquarium in 2003 and 2004 to offer grade-specific marine science courses for Kindergarten-5th grade teachers. The goal of Aquatic Workshops is for students to have exposure to marine science throughout their elementary school experience, not just at one grade level. Each Aquatic Workshop consists of a 6-hour Saturday workshop at the College of Charleston, a 6-hour Saturday workshop at the SC Aquarium, and a 3-hour Saturday field trip to Folly Beach.

Each grade level focuses on a specific region of South Carolina and integrates marine science concepts and exhibits at the SC Aquarium. Activities from each grade level can also be downloaded at the COASTeam website,


Members of the COASTeam Aquatic Workshops development team include: Katrina Bryan, Jennifer Jolly Clair, Stacia Fletcher, Kevin Kurtz, Carmelina Livingston, Leslie Sautter, and Stephen Schabel

This CD-ROM was created by:
Sarah L. McGuire, COASTeam Graduate Assistant
Masters of Environmental Studies Program, College of Charleston
Trent Tinker, Webmaster
Project Oceanica, College of Charleston

The COASTeam Program is part of Project Oceanica, College of Charleston
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The COASTeam Program is funded by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Photo credits:
Steven Schaebel: All Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Photos
Sarah McGuire: All Fourth Grade Photos, Fifth Grade "Hot Spots" and "Vegetarian Sharks" Photos
Jennie Davis, SCDNR Marine Resources Division: Third Grade "Natural Selection" Photo, Fifth Grade "Puzzling Plates" and "Investigating the Causes of Tides" Photos
Susan Thornton-deVictor, Southeast Regional Taxonomic Center: CD Label Image