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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 (mageATmbariDOTorg). 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? Applications are closed for this year's workshop, but we would still love to receive any feedback on lessons you have tried in the classroom.

July 27 – August 1 • MBARI • Monterey, CA

Hosted by MBARI and C-DEBI

earth 2012 logoThe 2014 EARTH workshop will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research insitute in Monterey, California. The research topics will be determined soon but will include MBARI research ( and Microbial Oceanography (

See the workshop schedule here.

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
  • Increase the number of underrepresented minorities, particularly Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, pursuing careers in the ocean and earth sciences, and related disciplines
Featured Activities:

Microalgae: Blooms Gone Wild!

coral imageFollowing an introduction of the general types and characteristics of microalgae, students will analyze near real time data that reflects algae concentrations and conditions that might foster that development.  By the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to  make educated predictions of potential for algae development given a set of environmental conditions.

Ocean Acidification: Is There a Problem?

coral imageOcean Acidification is a current topic in the ocean and climate news. Students will utilize a guided WebQuest to research the possible future effects of ocean acidification, explore current models used to predict the changes in the ocean’s pH and discuss the current data collection for research.

Last updated: Jul. 29, 2014

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