PI-CASC to host the 2023 EARTH teacher workshop

The USGS Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC) is working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to host the annual Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH) workshop.

This workshop began in 2006 with the goal of providing teachers the tools to integrate real-time data with educational standards and tested curriculum in an interactive and engaging way. Educators, scientists, engineers, curriculum developers and others will gather to learn from each other and co-produce tools to help bring data to life in their classrooms and informal settings.

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Apply now! Applications are being accepted for the EARTH 2023 teacher workshop at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, July 10-14. Workshop costs, including housing and food, are covered for all participants, and each participant will receive a travel allowance. Applications must be completed and submitted by 8 a.m. February 14, 2023 PST for consideration.

About the Workshop

During this workshop, educators will work with researchers and specialists from PI-CASC and MBARI to explore current science and data for topics related to technologies such as ocean floats, climate change, and other stressors impacting the region’s natural and cultural resources. Specifically, MBARI utilizes ocean float monitoring to collect information and monitor various oceanic parameters, like oxygen and temperature. PI-CASC researchers will share their science, data, and experiences and directly collaborate with teachers so they can use data in their own classroom.

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.

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Educators from the 2022 EARTH workshop in Seattle hear from researchers about their science and data.

Last year, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) PI-CASC contractor Cherryle Heu, co-lead of the USGS PI-CASC K-12 Education Hub, represented us at the 2022 EARTH Workshop in Seattle to get inspiration for our 2023 workshop.

“Throughout the workshop, I thought about what topics and datasets we can possibly provide for our teachers, while also learning more about the lesson plan development process for my work with the PI-CASC Education project,” she said. “It was a wonderful experience where I met incredibly talented teachers across the country who are dedicated to providing enticing and meaningful lesson plans on climate change and our oceans.”