Educational outreach testing hypothesis (EARTH)
Project Manager/Lead Scientist: George Matsumoto:
The ability to collect data has not been matched by our ability to disseminate this information to the public or the educational community, and it is clear that we do not know yet how to use existing data efficiently. We envision EARTH as serving as a portal to this wealth of data— both archived and near real-time. EARTH will be a long-term framework upon which other datasets can be distributed (primarily the data coming in from various observatories, as they are developed). The EARTH website is at www.mbari.org/education/EARTH This website and the teacher institutes focus on data distribution (near-real-time and archived) with supporting curricula development. Using information gathered in 2002, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI held a week-long workshop in 2003 to begin the development of lesson plans and activities based on real data and datasets. The results from this workshop will be used to guide the format and content of two additional workshops in 2004. For the initial 2004 workshop, we will invite teachers from the first workshop who used the lesson plans/activities in the classroom during 2003/2004. The focus will be to evaluate the plans/activities and make any necessary adjustments. We will also work on generating some additional activities based on any new data streams that may exist by summer 2004. At the National Marine Educators Association meeting in late summer 2004, we will convene another workshop that will disseminate information about the observatory program and provide the curriculum and products (from earlier workshops) to educators.