AbstractThe “Building Leadership in Science Communication” project was an education and outreach effort designed to build science communication skills and confidence among C-DEBI grantees, especially graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Organized by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, a one-day workshop was held on October 17, 2016, in conjunction with the 2016 C-DEBI Annual Meeting in California to maximize the opportunity for C-DEBI grantee attendance. The workshop focused on providing expert instruction and coaching on how to develop a compelling message about scientific research for a variety of audiences, how to prepare for interactions with the news media, and how to develop and share videos of research activities for broader audiences. Of the 27 workshop participants, twenty completed a pre-workshop survey to assess their science communication experience, needs, and expectations, and sixteen completed a post-workshop survey to gauge the program’s effectiveness and impacts. The workshop was part of Metcalf Institute’s ongoing work to deepen public engagement with science through communication training for scientists and science training and resources for journalists.
See resources from this day-long workshop at http://metcalfinstitute.org/tr
- Talking to the Media and Using Conduits to the Press Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
- Composing Opinion Pieces Edward Ortiz, California Energy Commission
- Sharing Science with Video Katie Pratt, URI GSO Office of Marine Programs
AbstractWe propose to use an innovative mechanism to create evergreen, widely sharable science content on deep biosphere science available to all, through the use of engaging videos and social media. The C-DEBI community is widespread and often deals with concepts that are not immediately understandable to K-16 students, or the general public. We will leverage a proven medium and build a collection of short (15-seconds) introductory videos using multimedia that can be broadcast on webpages, utilized in presentations and classroom lessons, and shared via social media. Through these short, easily digestible episodes and longer, in-depth features, we will provide widely usable content for the entire C-DEBI community, classroom and informal educators, and the science-interested/curious public. We will engage the broader C-DEBI community to disseminate their research, concentrating on graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to create “elevator” pitches that will increase their professional development. Additionally, we will create content in Spanish to allow a wider audience to access the science of CDEBI. This project will create incredibly useful, free content for the entire community. Project VIDEO website
AbstractFollowing up on Part 1 of this project, the goals of the Summer 2013 AT26-03 education activities included:
- Increasing educational participants’ understanding of the science of the expedition and comfort level in communicating science to the public and;
- Raising awareness and understanding among shore-based followers about the nature and process of science and marine science careers
- See the activities at the Expedition Hub
- Videos, videos, videos!
- Return to Juan de Fuca 2013, Videographer Lisa Strong
- What is a CORK?, Videographer Lisa Strong
- Octopus's Garden in a CORK, Videographer Lisa Strong
- What is an Elevator?, Videographer Lisa Strong
- Ask a Jason Pilot, Videographer Lisa Strong
- Ask the Captain, Videographer Lisa Strong
- Ask a Large Roundish Purplish Deep Sea Creature, Videographer Lisa Strong
- Exploring a Land Down Under, Videographer Lisa Strong
- 5 scientist interviews
- Adopt a Microbe program
- How Science Works poster and activity
- Searching for the Intra-Terrestrials Microbiology beneath the Seafloor mini poster with microbe tagging activity
AbstractScientific outreach efforts tend to be unidirectional, with information moving from the scientist to the public. We have created an interactive interface that allows the public to directly participate in the process of scientific discovery. The interface is based on a 2D solute transport model that incorporates microbial kinetics to simulate biogeochemical processes in subsurface marine environments. Users can populate the subsurface with microbes chosen from our database that provides the kinetic parameters used in the model. Each step in the simulation is accompanied by imbedded in-depth information, visual displays of 2D change in parameters in real-time, and the ability to interrogate results in 2D. Access to the microbial database can be granted to other PIs to interrogate and sort the information available. The game will initially be tested in 7-12 grade biology, chemistry, environmental science, and statistics classes. Example lesson plans will be posted on an ongoing blog/wiki resource that can also inform undergraduate teaching strategies. A reciprocal benefit to scientists will be an infusion of creative, testable scenarios ranging from novel consortium interactions to user-created hypothetical microbes that lead to the discovery of new species.
AbstractOur C-DEBI science team will share the excitement of their deep biosphere research to promote secondary STEM education by weaving their story into astrobiology, the search for life in the universe as a joint effort with the University of Hawaii NASA Astrobiology team. They are working with secondary science teachers at their ALI’I summer program as well as Hawaii teachers to develop activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Since our teachers work with our target groups of students with special needs, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island, and those at-risk, they provide expertise on how best to serve these students. We also are partnering with C-MORE, Center for Microbiology Oceanography: Research and Education, here at University of Hawaii and are using their field-tested kits for the workshops. The technology of underwater robotics promoted by the MATE competition and other instruments as essential tools for studying science will be emphasized. The teachers will pilot test activities and then conduct secondary workshops in Hawaii and other states. Our science team will also visit schools in Hawai’i to give presentations and participate in the secondary workshops. Evaluation methodology and instruments will be developed with our educational consultant to ensure validity and reliability as we assess our outcomes. Assessments will be coordinated with the C-DEBI and C-MORE outreach community. This collaborative effort will bring the excitement of deep biosphere research into various science courses serving different student populations across the nation.
AbstractFunds are requested to design and construct a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and benthic sensor platform, both with a working depth of 100 m, for marine research projects by community college and university students. Last year, a C-DEBI subaward enabled students at CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to develop robust ROVs with joystick controls and HD video cameras in support of shallow-water K-12 education and outreach programs. This request builds on that earlier ROV design, but tailors capabilities to more advanced student projects by extending the working depth from 15 m to 100 m, adding a microbial sample collection system, and creating a ROV-deployable benthic sensor platform for habitat characterization. The increased depth will allow students to study marine life all the way from the surface down into the mysterious “Twilight Zone,” a relatively unexplored ocean layer beyond the reach of scuba divers that is characterized by significant gradients in light, temperature, oxygen, water motion and other biologically important parameters. The ROV, sampler, and sensor platform will support classes, student clubs, and individual student research projects at a community college and a 4-year university. All designs will be made freely available through the C-DEBI web site.
AbstractDuring September – December 2013, project staff developed, delivered, and archived an online workshop on C-DEBI science for educators from community colleges, four-year colleges, high schools, and informal science education institutions. The workshop, “Microbes down below! Exploring life beneath the ocean floor,” had 150 active participants from 36 states and 14 foreign countries. A majority of community college instructors who participated work with student populations where more than 50% are from groups underrepresented in science and technology fields. C-DEBI scientists Dr. John Kirkpatrick, University of Rhode Island, and Dr. Brandi Reese, University of Southern California, made presentations about their work, which were videotaped and posted online as the major focus of the workshop. Dr. Kirkpatrick also introduced C-DEBI research and methods in a video “virtual tour” that included an introduction to the deep biosphere, an overview of how cores are collected, and a demonstration of how samples are processed in his lab for genetic analysis. The top three rated sections of the online workshop were the scientists’ presentations, videos of presenters made into shorter sections (for easier classroom application), and the classroom connections and resources section. The online workshop was very well received: 89% of participants indicated that they became more interested in the subject and plan to share the information from the workshop with students and/or colleagues. Virtually all participants appreciated learning new content from content experts. One participant summed it up: “Contact with REAL CURRENT science/scientists is PRICELESS!” The content and resources will continue to be available in its archived form for participants and anyone who registers (free) with The College of Exploration.
- Microbes down below! Exploring life beneath the ocean floor workshop materials are freely accessible on line
AbstractTo address the educational objectives of C-DEBI, the College of Exploration was funded to convene a collaborative team to guide the production of online toolkits of educational materials and resources that community college instructors could use to teach about C-DEBI research and the deep biosphere. The project team consisted of 8 to 10 collaborators, including community college instructors, C-DEBI scientists, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, technology experts, and science education specialists. The project drew from the 2013 C-DEBI online workshop “Microbes down below! Exploring life beneath the ocean floor” offered by the College of Exploration, which was specifically designed for community college instructors (see below). The online toolkits kits were designed to be aligned with specific community college course subjects and include materials and information that instructors can use to make connections between the topics in their curriculum and C-DEBI research, practices, or technology. The aim of this project was to reach a nationwide audience of community college instructors, and through them, hundreds to thousands of community college students, by making C-DEBI resources available free on line. These toolkits are presented at http://www.coexploration.org/C-DEBI for use by all.
AbstractWhere Wild Microbes Grow is an interactive eBook written in verse by author Kevin Kurtz and illustrated by Alice Feagan. It encompasses an introduction for children ages 6-10 on the importance of microbes and how and why scientists look for them in the seafloor. The book is rich in interactive content, including background text and definitions, images, and pop-up videos. It is available for free for download on joidesresolution.org, iTunes and the popular site freekidsbooks.org. Since its launch, the book’s page on joidesresolution.org has been visited more than 4,700 times. It has been downloaded off the Free Kids Books sites over 8,300 times. The book was promoted on social media, through Facebook, Twitter and more – and through promotional postcards at the 2015 GSA and AGU Fall meetings. It is available as a resource for the entire community.
This project supported an education, outreach, and communications (EOC) program during Atlantis/Jason expedition AT18-07 during June/July 2011. This EOC program complemented the scientific experiments begun during IODP Expeditions 301 (Summer 2004) and 327 (Summer 2010), and provided a longitudinal extension of EOC efforts begun during separate IODP expeditions that are of interest to C-DEBI. This project provided cross-cutting and robust education, outreach and communication support to the already-funded hydrogeologic experiments on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Using proven outreach methods, highly qualified and experienced educators, and full science personnel support, the project trained a core of educator/communicators to translate the transformative science emerging from this set of expeditions and build awareness, understanding and excitement around C-DEBI themes for students, educators and the general public. The project worked with 3 classroom teachers, one museum educator and one videographer to produce blogs, curricula and videos about the expedition science. In addition, the education staff conducted 13 live video broadcasts to shoreside audiences during the expedition, reaching about 300 students and educators. EOC specialists received training in interviewing and video production, and a variety of video products were created during the expedition. These included extended interviews and interview clips addressing common questions, overview presentations on expedition goals, videos about deep sea observatories and the C-DEBI STC, and a video from the R/V Atlantis to the Space Shuttle Atlantis during the latter's last mission. EOC educators also developed curricular materials based on AT18-07 goals and related topics.
- See the activities at the Expedition Hub
- Videos, videos, videos!
- Mission to Juan de Fuca 2011, Videographer Lisa Strong
- R/V Atlantis to Shuttle Atlantis, Videographer Lisa Strong
- Looking for Life Below the Seafloor, Videographer Lisa Strong
- AT18-07 CORK flowmeter description and calibration test deployment, James Ringlein
- Black Tape, Duct Tape and Glitter, James Ringlein
- Getting onboard Atlantis.. the right way, James Ringlein
- Jason2, Ken Hamner
- What is it like to be a scientist?, Sharon Cooper
AbstractA feature film documentary chronicling drilling activities and the installation of seafloor observatories (CORKs) at North Pond on IODP Expedition 336 was completed as a result of this award. This is the only feature film ever made of an ocean drilling expedition and will provide valuable public exposure to the scientific ocean drilling program (IODP) and C-DEBI. In April of 2012, a follow-up expedition with the ROV Jason 2 was conducted to retrieve data and instrumentation from the CORKs along with installing new instrumentation packages and conducting geologic surveys of the North Pond area. We included this expedition as part of the North Pond documentary to provide a contextual relevance of the seafloor observatories. Showing scientists using the observatories adds a sense of accomplishment and purpose to the overall film that cannot be attained with only the IODP expedition footage.
- View the full-length documentary North Pond: The Search for Intraterrestrials, winner of best documentary at the 2014 Yosemite Film Festival and receiving honorable mention at the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival
AbstractThis project supported design and construction of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for project-based education and outreach activities. Although RETINA (a NASA project) and C-DEBI had already been using switch-controlled ROVs with 3 thrusters for E&O programs at Monterey and Catalina Island, those ROVs were difficult to control, required frequent repair, and were not easily adapted for scientific data collection. With this C-DEBI subaward, three students in the Ecosystem Electronics Lab at CSU Monterey Bay were hired to design and build six improved ROVs. Their new design -- dubbed the “Catalina” -- features: 1) greater reliability, 2) intuitive joystick control and a 4th thruster for better maneuverability, 3) lights and camera to record HD video for later analysis, and 4) attachment points for student-designed sensors or sampling tools. Each ROV is optimized for operation from a wharf or floating dock in seawater up to 15 m deep. Three are stationed at Catalina Island, where they are used in C-DEBI’s GEM summer course and other education/outreach programs. Three others support field trips for local classes (4th grade through college) and teacher training workshops in the Monterey area. One was used briefly for education activities in Micronesia. Over 300 students have used these 6 new ROVs in the past year. In addition, a more advanced ROV platform was developed for demonstration by RETINA and/or C-DEBI. This more advanced ROV remains with the Ecosystem Electronics Lab and serves as a test bed for evaluating the feasibility and educational benefits of other potential ROV upgrades.
- All designs are freely available