Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with its partners University of Maine and Raytheon Mission Operations and Services, is constructing the Education and Public Engagement (EPE) software infrastructure component of the OOI.
EPE will create a series of educational tools to engage students in active scientific inquiry. Collectively, these tools will provide easy access for the development and use of educationally appropriate scientific data visualizations. These tools will facilitate broader access to OOI data for undergraduate educators and free choice learners by translating OOI science themes into educational materials.
EPE will enable a new approach to oceanographic research, allowing scientists, students, and the public to explore the ocean in near real-time. Specifically, the EPE will develop five online tools: 1) educational visualization tools, 2) an ontology-linked concept mapping tool, 3) a lab lesson builder, 4) an educational resource database, and 5) an integrated web interface.