EARTH 2019 – Monterey, CA
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