Program Update – October 2013

Members of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) team continue to make progress on a number of fronts including test activities leading up to upcoming deployments of infrastructure equipment and development of tools that will ultimately allow the user community to connect with the OOI.

The OOI Education and Public Engagement component passed an Initial Operating Capability (IOC) Review for Release 3 of the EPE tools.  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. Follow the OOI Website for updates on these tools and more information about the EPE component.

The OOI EPE team, led by Rutgers, is building a suite of software interfaces and web-based tools that will allow educators to bring the ocean into learning environments. 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. 

Earlier this fall the members of the OOI team participated in some key outreach events on both the East and West Coasts to spread the news about the OOI. The OOI participated as part of a larger Consortium for Ocean Leadership presence at the OCEANS 2013 MTS/IEEE conference in San Diego, CA, and also at a National Science Foundation STEM Science and Education Fair in Dulles, VA.

The OOI Team participates in a number of public science & education events each year. Please visit the Events Section of the OOI Website to see past events and continue to visit our OOI Website for information on upcoming happenings. Click here for more information on the OOI Education and Public Engagement.  Please continue to visit the OOI Website for updates and other program news and events.