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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.

The application deadline for 2017 is February 14, 2017.  The 2017 workshop will be in Monterey, CA, and will focus on polar marine science and life in extreme environments.

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.

Complete 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 EARTH workshop for 2017 will be held July 16-21 in Monterey, CA, and co-hosted by Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education (Polar-ICE) and Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). To keep up to date on all things EARTH, please join our facebook page.

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July 16 – 21 • MBARI • Monterey, CA

EARTH 2017 will be held July 16-21 at MBARI in Monterey, CA, and co-hosted by Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education (Polar-ICE) and Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI).

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 polar marine science and life in extreme environments
  • Produce leaders in the next generation of polar and microbial oceanographers by providing state-of-the art training

A Whale of a Tale

In this lesson, students will be using the BLAST tool to compare mitochondrial DNA samples from unknown whale species to known sequences. Prior to this activity, students should have learned about cellular structures and DNA structure and function. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) may be a new concept for many students, since biology classes primarily focus their study of DNA on nuclear DNA. In order to help students understand the structure and function of mtDNA, there is a WebQuest about mitochondrial DNA that the students can complete in class or as a homework assignment.