Floats in the UW lab

The 2024 workshop will be held June 24-28 in Seattle, WA, and is being co-hosted by the Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array (GO-BGC), a project funded by the US National Science Foundation to build and deploy a global network of chemical and biological sensors that will monitor ocean health. This new network of floats will collect data on the chemistry and the biology of the ocean from the surface to a depth of 2,000 meters, and will allow scientists to pursue fundamental questions concerning ocean ecosystems, observe ocean health and productivity, and monitor the elemental cycles of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in the ocean through all seasons of the year.

During this workshop, educators work with active researchers to explore current science and/or engineering research, data, and conclusions. 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 assist them in expanding their classroom reach across the country.

Why Attend the EARTH 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 and programs, such as GO-BGC and MBARI, and develop institutional connections that can aid in future lessons
  • 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

Applications are now open for the 2024 workshop. All application materials as outlined on the application page should be completed and submitted by February 12, 2024 at 0800 PST for consideration for the 2024 workshop.


June 24 - 28, 2024


University of Washington
Seattle, WA


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


Coming soon…