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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 and complete the online feedback rubric (Note: this will take you to a new page on SurveyMonkey). All application materials and questions can be sent to EARTH (earth AT mbari DOT org). Applications should include the 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? Include any other information that you think might be useful to us as we make our decisions.

The workshop for EARTH 2016 will be held July 24-29 at Rutgers University in NJ, and co-hosted by a new NSF funded program (Polar Integrated Curriculum Education). To keep up to date on all things EARTH, please join our facebook page.

July 24 – 29 • Rutgers • New Brunswick, NJ

earth 2016 logoEARTH 2016 will be held July 24-29 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The workshop will be co-hosted by MBARI ( and a new NSF funded program (Polar Integrated Curriculum Education).

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: Nov. 17, 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