Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

March 7-8, 2002
Education and Real-Time Data Workshop: Where should the two meet?


Day One

Day Two

EARTH Website

Summary of workshop

All three groups came up with some great ideas/thoughts that I've tried to incorporate. All three groups thought that a WWW interface was perhaps the most effective method of interaction (enabling users to pull the data out rather than pushing it to them with CD-ROM. The material should NOT be setup by grades but rather by complexity (packaged data on one end and 'raw' data on the other). The entire site should be planned with the potential of other types of data coming from different platforms (ships, ROVs, AUVs, observatories).

Case Studies

  • Should be based on real mooring data (showing trends, complete stories)
  • Should be packaged in an attractive and interactive format ("Cool titles")
  • The significance of the case study and the need for real data should be clear
  • Should be different levels of scaffolding/complexity available

(Near) Real-Time Data

  • Access to real-time data essential
  • But we need to use archived data packaged with information that tells a complete story (case study)
  • One presentation format would be a mooring diagram which revealed the real-time data using rollovers (along with information about the instruments)
  • Modeling/manipulations 


  • Teacher toolbox
  • Student toolbox
  • Journals (student journal)
  • Discussion group (common posting place, threaded discussions)
  • Contact a scientist
  • Presentation room (for students to present their work)
  • Updates (Where you can sign up for updates, the latest news
  • People: need a personal voice (video) to the various case studies/research



Brainstorming about observatories....

  • Acoustics data would be great (e.g. marine mammals)
  • Missions: Student missions - need OWNERSHIP!!
  • Student design projects
    • NASA - build on this model of sending an experiment
    • Focus on "plug and play" type instruments (i.e. if there is a standard interface for power/data, then could students design something in their class which could be sent down??)
  • Try to fully integrate with the scientists, lets not have this just be an education node (or nodes). Much better to tie the education and research together at all the nodes.
  • With this dense network of nodes, try for 3D visualization
  • Potential for data overload?? Tools are being designed for the scientists with this problem, try and ensure that the same tools can be used for educators as well.
  • Use it to education/to solve common misconceptions
    • Therefore, need to find out what the common misconceptions are!
    • Need to get Ocean Literacy into the National Science Standards!

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

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