An introduction to the importance of float data.

This lesson’s purpose is to introduce how data is used to gather and communicate information about our day-to-day environment and why we (as students/teachers/scientists/community) should care. Using temperature data from ocean floats, this lesson will help launch the conversation of how and why data is used to understand our changing environment. The gateway to understanding how data communicates information about our everyday environment.

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Marissa Adolfo, Lisa Ball, Seriah Brannock, Sallie Corbin, Chidi Duru, Katie Lodes and Kim Swan

Student Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
Core Ideas
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 7.B: Understanding the ocean is more than a matter of curiosity. Exploration, inquiry and study are required to better understand ocean systems and processes.
  • 7.D: New technologies, sensors and tools are expanding our ability to explore the ocean. Ocean scientists are relying more and more on satellites, drifters, buoys, subsea observatories and unmanned submersibles.