GLOBAL HEARTBEAT is the latest dream and perhaps most comprehensive program envisioned and developed by The College of Exploration. This worldwide undertaking hopes to co-empower a wide range of interested groups and individuals who seek to better our environment through an understanding of Earth's greatest resource: water.
The College of Exploration
continues its rich tradition of involvement in collaborative science inquiry and education. The following are past and current projects that are related to GLOBAL HEARTBEAT in their approach to studying marine-related biology, life, living systems, environments, and ecosystems.
In such projects, The College of Exploration typically develops: the web site and online environment for interaction and sharing data;
online databases and presentations; Web-based classroom resources; technical assistance in delivering Web-based multi-media; and, the forum for facilitating collegial interaction among scientists, educators,
and other participants.
The overall focus is investigating, understanding, and reporting on Earth's health. Examples of current and past research projects
with which TCOE has partnered:
NSF Classroom BATS (National Science Foundation)
The Effective Use of Web-Based Scientific Resources in Teaching and Teacher Training: A Collaborative Pilot Program Using Real Data
Sets to Explore Oceanography and Global Environmental Change. Principal investigators: D. Malmquist, K. Bishop, D. Steinberg, L. Martínez-Pérez, A. Knap.
Harmful Algal Blooms Online Public Workshop (USC Sea Grant)
USC Sea Grant sponsored an "online" public workshop that focussed on Harmful Algal Blooms in the Pacific region. The
workshop took place entirely on the World Wide Web at the "virtual campus" of the TCOE. The goal of the workshop was to provide resource managers, teachers the media and general public with relevant
unbiased and easy to understand information about Pacific HABs in an interactive and user-friendly environment.
Ocean Envoys (NASA / JPL)
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory sponsor this enthusiastic approach to build awareness and interest about oceanography and related
studies for educators and their students. This
series of workshops is designed to connect cutting-edge oceanographers with cutting-edge educators, in order to facilitate the flow of knowledge through conversation and community. The program is building a richly networked community where the pursuit of knowledge and the thrill of learning about oceanography can be shared with literally thousands of educators.
El Niño Online Workshop for Teachers (USC, NASA, NOAA)
The College of Exploration worked with USC Sea Grant to offer an online workshop for teachers about El Niño. Teachers interacted
with scientists from NASA, NOAA and universities to learn about this phenomenon at the time when its effects were being felt worldwide. They shared ideas with their colleagues about how to incorporate this
scientific information into their classrooms.
SSE (National Geographic, NASA, and NOAA)
The Sustainable Seas Online Expedition for Teachers is a series of four-week workshops. This virtual expedition will bring
explorers, scientists and teachers together for four weeks of online learning. The themes for the workshops are Physical Oceanography, Geographic Information Systems, Biology, Ecology and
habitat characterization, and a guided discovery of the Monterey Bay National Marine sanctuary.
Coral Camera Project (BBSR, Goldman Fund)
Through a grant from the Goldman Fund, the Bermuda Biological Station for Research installed
a camera on the coral reef off the coast of Bermuda. This camera provides video from the reef that will be accessible on the web for research and education about reef and environmental issues.