Welcome to the
Coastal Dynamics Education Program!
Welcome to the Coastal Dynamics program! During this virtual program, junior high and high school students take a step into the shoes of coastal engineers to help us understand how Crystal Cove State Park’s Beaches are changing.
The Coastal Dynamics education program is the result of a collaboration between Crystal Cove Conservancy, Crystal Cove State Park, and researchers at UC Irvine’s Samueli School of Engineering to monitor our everchanging coastlines. Coastal Dynamics participants will learn about how our coasts and beaches are changing, collect and analyze beach erosion data, and develop recommendations to share with State Park resource managers.
The educational curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for middle and high school. The curriculum includes twelve lessons, each lasting 45-60 minutes.
Please visit our field trip page for information on booking an in-person trip.
How to Join
The virtual version of the Coastal Dynamics education program is free for everyone! If you are a teacher or homeschool educator and would like to join Coastal Dynamics for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete this survey and let us know.
If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact Erick Valdez, Education Coordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher Professional Development
We highly recommend that all teachers, educators, and parents who will be facilitating the Costal Dynamics education program attend an online professional development session. This training gives an overview of the program, an introduction to the different lessons, and walks you through general teaching logistics. We will also offer specialized trainings focused on aspects of the program, such as building computer models or analyzing data.
2023-2024 Training Dates:
In-person workshops (recommended for teachers participating in field trips):
- January 13, 2024 9am – 2pm – Coastal Dynamics Program In-person Training
Virtual Coastal Dynamics Curriculum
Teacher & Educator Resources
Session 1: Defining the Problem
- Session 1 Lesson Guide (PDF)
- Session 1 Slideshow
- Exploring Crystal Cove’s North Beach Thinglink
- Session 1 Field Notebook Template
Session 2: Designing a Model
- Session 2 Lesson Guide (PDF)
- Session 2 Slideshow:
- Session 2 Field Notebook Template
Session 3: Diving Deeper (Optional)
- Session 3 Lesson Guide (PDF)
- Session 3 Slideshows:
Session 4: Refining Our Model (Optional)
Session 5: Collecting Data
- Session 5 Lesson Guide (PDF)
- Session 5 Slideshow
- Session 5 Field Expedition Thinglink
- Session 5 Data Processing Webpages:
- Session 5 Field Notebook Template
Session 6: Creating Three-Dimensional Representations (Optional)
- Session 6 Lesson Guide (PDF)
- Session 6 Octave Slideshow
- Session 6 Written Instructions for GNU Octave
- Session 6 Field Notebook Template
Session 7: Analyzing Data
- Session 7 Lesson Guide (PDF)
- Session 7 Slideshow
- Session 7 Field Notebook Template
Session 8: Refining Our Problem Statement
Session 9: Developing a Solution
Session 10: Sharing Our Solution
Have any other questions? Please contact Erick Valdez by emailing email@example.com for more information!