Educational Initiatives

Developing science literacy in students

Timothy Kenna and Margie Turrin from Columbia University, New York, have produced a new set of materials in English and Spanish for developing science literacy in students. There are three educational activities which all have a focus on understanding radioactivity in the environment. These activities can work together for a more in depth look at […]

Mar / 17 / 2020

North Pole GEOTRACES Expedition Children’s Book

Post-doc Katlin Bowman and writer Elizabeth Saito produced a photographic children’s book about the 2015 US GEOTRACES expedition to the North Pole. The book is narrated from Katlin’s perspective as a member of the expedition’s science party and it is for sale online at: This project is funded by NSF, and all book proceeds will be […]

Oct / 07 / 2016

Follow GEOTRACES “Teacher at Sea”

William Schmoker of the Centennial Middle School in Boulder, Colorado, has participated in the US GEOTRACES Arctic cruise as a “Teacher at Sea” sponsored by Polar-Trec (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating). The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together. Bill Schmoker is an […]

Sep / 08 / 2015

Float Your Boat outreach project

US GEOTRACES participated in the “Float Your Boat” an educational outreach program that provides young people an opportunity to learn about the changing Arctic, marine debris, and maritime careers through participation in a study of Arctic drift patterns, by sending their own toy boats to the Arctic. This project recreates an historic drift cask study conducted […]

Sep / 07 / 2015

Sharing oceanography with prisoners

Catherine Jeandel (GEOTRACES IPO senior scientist) and Virginie Sanial (PhD student at LEGOS, France) scientists participants at the French GEOVIDE cruise (GA01) are members of the NGO “Les étoiles brillent pour tous (The Stars Shine for Everybody)” in Toulouse, France. The objective of this NGO is disseminating research in confined environments such as prisons or […]

Jun / 25 / 2015

3D animation: The Example of Thorium-230 along GEOTRACES North Atlantic Sections

The central component of GEOTRACES is a series of cruises spanning the global ocean. These cruises collect water and analysis of many trace elements and isotopes. The power of the GEOTRACES field work is demonstrated below by an example of 3D animation resulting from data collected on GEOTRACES North Atlantic cruises: Figure: Distribution of dissolved 230Th […]

Jul / 09 / 2013