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What is EARTH?

EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. Click here for more information on the EARTH program.

A requirement of the application process is to trial an EARTH lesson, complete the feedback rubric (word version), and mail the rubric to George Matsumoto (earth AT mbari DOT org). Applications should include a completed rubric and a cover letter than includes the following information: your school/district, grade level/s and subject/s taught, and email/phone contact (both school and personal as the school email system sometimes rejects our group emails). Please also address the following questions: Why do you want to be selected for this workshop? What makes you the ideal candidate?

The location for EARTH 2016 has not yet been determined but if you are interested in applying, please trial one of the lessons and come back to check on this page and/or join our facebook page.

July 19 – 24 • HMSC • Newport, OR

earth 2012 logoThe 2015 EARTH workshop will be held at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. The workshop will be co-hosted by MBARI ( and the Oregon Coast Regional STEM Center and Math Science Partnership ( The research topics will be determined soon and will include MBARI research (

Resources | Schedule | Participants

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Educate, excite, and engage teachers with the concept of observatory (surface, benthic, and pelagic) data in the classroom
  • Develop curricula enabling teachers and students to utilize near-real-time data
  • Increase scientific literacy in microbial oceanography
  • Produce leaders in the next generation of microbial oceanographers by providing state-of-the art training
Featured Activities:

Microbes are a BLAST

coral imageThis lesson provides students with an opportunity to explore the diversity of microbes in the marine environment.  Through classification activities, students will gain an understanding of the challenges in identifying and understanding microbes. Students will use DNA sequences to identify relatedness between microbes using phylogenetic trees, then identify the role of specific microbes by searching for the presence of functional genes.  A final product will allow students to communicate conclusions based on DNA evidence and research.

Mystery Spill Investigators

coral imageThis activity provides an opportunity for students to use various resources including hands-on lab, vector analysis and a case study to determine what caused the massive bird death in Monterey Bay.

Last updated: Jul. 23, 2015

Full-hemisphere views of the Earth from GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites).
GOES satellites are built by NASA and operated by NOAA.

EARTH logo designed by Jennifer Trask Magnusson, 2003