EARTH 2019 – Monterey, CA


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Hosted by: MBARI

The health of our oceans is reaching a critical level, and finding ways to engage and educate our public about this fact is an extremely challenging task. Virtual Reality (VR) provides a rare opportunity to engage the public with a popular new technology. VR can teleport a person’s perspective to the center of almost any kind of 3D content. By fully engaging a person’s senses (e.g., sight, sound, and even touch) the experience, and the impression left on the user, can be profound. Because VR is such an immersive tool with broad applications, we would like to focus on the creation of VR (or stereoscopic video) for deep sea ROV operations. Educators are invited to participate in this brainstorming workshop to discuss the use of virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or distance education to bring the deep-sea into the classroom.


Teachers involved in this workshop will:

  • Learn about cutting edge marine science and technology, ROVs, and the data that they collect
  • Explore current scientific studies that use ROVs to collect oceanographic data in the deep sea and how that data has changed our way of thinking about the oceans
  • Discuss how new curriculum materials can be developed that use virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or distance education to teach science content and process and address the needs of educators and their students
  • Experience a rich opportunity for professional collaboration and receive classroom resources, stipend ($100/day), housing, and travel allowance (exact amounts will depend on the number of teachers signed up for the workshop). We ask that the participants arrange their own travel, reasonable costs will be reimbursed.


The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Educate, excite, and engage teachers with the concept of using virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or distance education to bring the deep-sea into the classroom
  • Increase awareness of the Ocean Literacy Principles
  • Create relationships between researchers and educators that can lead to future collaborations


Data repository
Data policy
Deep-Sea Guide
What is happening in Monterey Bay today?
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Chemical data
Ocean float data
Slough data
Mooring ISUS measurements
Southern Ocean Data
Mooring data
M1 Mooring Summary Data
M1 Asimet
M1 download Info
M1 EMeter
Molecular and genomics data
ESP Web Portal
Seafloor mapping
Soundscape Listening Room
Upper ocean data
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Image gallery
Video library
Creature feature
Deep-sea wallpapers
Previous seminars
David Packard Distinguished Lecturers
Research software
Video Annotation and Reference System
System overview
Data Use Policy
Video Tape User Guide
Video File User Guide
Annotation Glossary
Query Interface
Basic User Guide
Advanced User Guide
Query Glossary
VARS publications
VARS datasets used in publications
Oceanographic Decision Support System
MB-System seafloor mapping software
How to download and install MB-System
MB-System Documentation
MB-System Announcements
MB-System Announcements (Archive)
MB-System FAQ
MB-System Discussion Lists
MB-System YouTube Tutorials
Matlab scripts: Linear regressions
Introduction to Model I and Model II linear regressions
A brief history of Model II regression analysis
Index of downloadable files
Summary of modifications
Regression rules of thumb
Results for Model I and Model II regressions
Graphs of the Model I and Model II regressions
Which regression: Model I or Model II?
Matlab scripts: Oceanographic calculations
Matlab scripts: Sound velocity
Visual Basic for Excel: Oceanographic calculations
Educational resources
Navigating STEM careers
MBARI Summer Internship Program
2017 Summer Interns Blog
Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
EARTH workshops
2016—New Brunswick, NJ
2015—Newport, Oregon
2016 Satellite workshop—Pensacola, FL
2016 Satellite workshop—Beaufort, NC
EARTH resources
EARTH lesson plans
Lesson plans—published
Lesson plans—development
Lesson drafts—2015
Lesson drafts—2016 Pensacola
Adopt-A-Float Program
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits
Science at home: Curriculum and resources
Sample archive
SciComm Resources