RU COOLﾒs scalable educational focus on immersing society in the ocean through ocean observing systems
There is a critical need to engage undergraduates in science and engineering spanning community colleges to research Universities. The recent advent of streaming data from ocean observatories provides new opportunities to have students become active explorers; however a barrier is in the tools and associated curricula for faculty and students to access these new opportunities. We are focused on bridging this gap.
We are focused on developing scalable hands-on teaching tools utilizing streaming ocean data.
We have been focused on developing a range of educational tools in a multi-pronged strategy built around using streaming data delivered through customized web services, focused undergraduate tiger teams, teacher training and video/documentary film-making. Core to the efforts is on engaging the undergraduate community by leveraging the data management tools of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and the education tools of the U.S. National Science Foundationﾒs (NSF) Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI). These intuitive interactive browser-based tools reduce the barriers for student participation in sea exploration and discovery, and allowing them to become ﾓfield goingﾔ oceanographers while sitting at their desk. Those undergraduate student efforts complement efforts to improve educator and student engagement in ocean sciences through exposure to scientists and data.
Through professional development and the creation of data tools, we will reduce the logistical costs of bringing ocean science to students in grades 6-16. We are providing opportunities to: 1) build capacity of scientists in communicating and engaging with diverse audiences; 2) create scalable, in-person and virtual opportunities for educators and students to engage with scientists and their research through data visualizations, data activities, educator workshops, webinars, and student research symposia. We are using a blended learning approach to promote partnerships and cross-disciplinary sharing.
A suite of tools and associated curricula that can enable faculty engaged in undergraduate education.
Finally we use data and video products to entrain public support through the development of science documentaries about the science and people who conduct it. For example Antarctic Edge is a feature length award-winning documentary about climate change that has garnered interest in movie theatres and on social media stores (NetFlix, ITunes). These combined efforts provide a range of products that all leverage off each other and provide a large suite of tools to bring the ocean to as many people as possible.