2023 EARTH Workshop

July 10 – 14, 2023 • University of Hawai’i

Hosts: MBARI, USGS Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC)

The 2023 workshop will be held July 10-14, 2023 in Honolulu, HI, co-hosted by the USGS Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC), a collaborative partnership between the US Geological Survey and a university consortium hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the University of Guam, designed to support sustainability and climate adaptation in communities across the Pacific Islands.

During this workshop, educators will work with active researchers to explore current science and research projects that demonstrate the use of float data, and topics that relate to climate change and other stressors impacting the region’s natural and cultural resources. The educators are given time to develop their own curricula using the knowledge from these explorations and their own experiences to create classroom lessons tied to the abilities of their own students as well as current education standards and pedagogy. The teachers also develop connections with each other and with the researchers that can assist them in expanding their classroom reach across the country.

Why Attend the EARTH 2023 Workshop?

Teachers involved in this EARTH workshop will:

  • Cultivate relationships with local researchers and like-minded educators that can lead to future collaborations
  • Explore available resources from supporting organizations, such as PICASC and MBARI, and develop institutional connections that can aid in future lessons
  • Participate in field experiences at institutions that highlight local culture, watershed management, and coastal and marine research.
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation that provides evidence of 40 hours of professional development that can be used toward continuing education or certificate renewal
  • Develop new curriculum resources that use real science and authentic data to teach science content and process and address their needs and the needs of their students

Application Process

The application period for the 2023 workshop will be available soon. We encourage you to incorporate one or more of our EARTH Lesson Plans into your teaching schedule in order to be prepared!

We strive to maximize engagement between workshop participants and the scientists who participate, and ensure that educators are able to work together in a variety of ways throughout the workshop. Because of this, we only have a limited number of spots available in each EARTH workshop and applications are required. The application process is outlined below. Workshop costs, including housing and food, are covered for all participants, and each participant will receive a travel allowance.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online EARTH Workshop Application form (available soon) and submit any additional resources as appropriate. Be sure your answers to the questions clearly express your experience, background, and/or interest in the topic of using real-time data in your educational environment. Any supporting materials can be emailed to earth@mbari.org.
  2. Applicants are required to try out one (or more) EARTH lesson in your classroom or institution and complete the online feedback rubric. We are especially interested in feedback from our more recent lessons (such as the ones developed at the 2022 or 2018 workshops) so we can update, revise, and publish them.

Returning teachers who have previously participated in an EARTH Workshop can make their application stronger by demonstrating a commitment to mentoring colleagues (hosting an in-service or EARTH Satellite workshop in your area), enhancing the EARTH resources (testing out Lessons in Development and providing extensive feedback or new resources to enrich our website), or disseminating EARTH content (presenting about EARTH at a meeting or conference). Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.


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