An initial step toward achieving the goal of using aquaculture as a "tool for teaching science" in Maryland was the development of a practical "hands-on" workshop held during the summer of 1998 at South Carroll High School in partnership with Carroll County Public Schools. The collaboration with Carroll County Public Schools master teachers who have used aquaculture successfully in the classroom partnered with education specialists from the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program made the workshop a rich experience for the participants. The methods and content for the workshop were adapted from a model aquaculture program that is part of the Science Research curriculum in Carroll County Public Schools. Since the 1998 workshop three more have been completed (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006) serving more than 40 educators statewide. The partnership between the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, The Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Carroll County Public Schools provides participating educators in the Aquaculture in Action workshop with an up-close view of aquaculture research and the skills and materials needed to construct a 260-gallon recirculating aquaculture system for their school.
Workshops are designed to expose teachers to many aspects of aquaculture and how it can be used as a "tool for teaching science" including: