Education and Diversity
As we investigate one of Earth’s largest carbon fluxes, we will engage students of all ages in understanding the functioning of the ocean ecosystem. Each of our initiatives furthers goals for recruitment, retention, and inclusion of diverse perspectives and backgrounds in the ocean sciences by leveraging the strengths within C-CoMP science and expertise of senior education personnel.
Outreach and education activities (blue circles) offer multiple pathways to ocean literacy and engagement in ocean science research; these align with C-CoMP emerging tools and technologies at appropriate levels of complexity (green squares and dotted arrows with example activities). C-CoMP outreach and education initiatives focus interventions on known “exit points” by offering content and structures for retaining learners and providing entry points for new learners. The effectiveness of these initiatives will be studied through educational research (Dolan, O’Dwyer) and successful activities exported to the broader STEM education community. Figure credit: C-CoMP Team.