As more teachers, educators and students turn to the Internet for information about the health of the Chesapeake, the Bay Program has launched “ChesSIE” — a web-based clearinghouse designed to make Bay education easier and more accessible for teachers and their students.

ChesSIE — Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators — enable teachers and education professionals throughout the 64,000-square-mile watershed to tap into Bay-related resources across the Internet through a single site at www.bayeducation.net.

“ChesSIE allows teachers from Binghampton, NY, to Norfolk, VA, to bring information from web sites, research organizations and data centers from across the world directly into their classroom,” said acting EPA Bay Program Director Diana Esher.

“As more children — and their parents — understand the importance of restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, the better the chances of future restoration activities being successful.”

A joint project between the Bay Program and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, ChesSIE is designed by educators for educators. Regularly updated with new information, ChesSIE enables teachers to go directly to sites tailored to the teacher-student interaction.

Sections link users to several teaching resources including field experiences, communication techniques and professional development opportunities. An interactive bulletin board enables teachers to discuss success stories and brainstorm new program ideas and innovations with their peers. The site also provides access to more than 50 web sites detailing the Bay and its restoration.

ChesSIE addresses the need to educate future generations about the Bay’s ecological and historical importance to the region, as called for in the Chesapeake 2000 agreement. As teachers work Bay education into their classroom activities, ChesSIE will connect teachers and their students to the Bay through the Internet.