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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.

Applications for 2023 are now closed

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

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.

Applications for 2023 are now CLOSED. All application materials as outlined below had to be completed and submitted by February 14, 2023 at 0800 PST for consideration for the 2023 workshop.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online EARTH Workshop Application form 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
  2. Before attending the EARTH Workshop, participants are required to try out one (or more) EARTH lesson in your classroom or institution, complete the online feedback rubric, and be prepared to discuss your experience teaching the lesson and present any adaptations, modifications, or extensions that were made for your audience. 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. We understand that it’s not always possible to schedule the activity before the application deadline, so if you are unable to complete a lesson before submitting your application, please indicate which lesson you will be using and ensure that you complete it by the workshop.

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.


July 10 - 14, 2023


University of Hawaiʻi
Honolulu, HI


Lesson Plans

Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Contour Chart

Floating with PUPCYCLE

This activity allows students to incorporate data visualization skills to explore some of the data used to identify highly productive regions. Students will compare BGC-Argo Float data (e.g., chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen) to Satellite data (e.g., chlorophyll)

pH scale

Graphing pH

Students will explore the topic of ocean acidification. They will construct, analyze and interpret a pH graph.

Global map of average Sea Surface Temperature (SST).

Graphing Temperature

Students will construct, analyze, and interpret real data from a profiling float in the ocean. Students will explore ocean temperature trends and climate change.

Abstract spectrogram

Making the Invisible Visible

Students will be analyzing the spectrogram of an ocean soundscape and create their own spectrogram with a song of their choice.

Float deployed from RV Polarstern PS129 2022

Our Ocean is Trending

Students will learn how to access data from GO-BGC floats in order to analyze and compare properties such as dissolved nitrates, oxygen and chlorophyll levels.


Profiling Phytoplankton

Students will learn about different phytoplankton and what impacts their distribution by building a water column representing the Southern Ocean.

EARTH 2022 participants at the UW Float Lab



George Matsumoto