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Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2010), Title, Abstract xxxxx-xxxx presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.

HR: 1340h
AN: ED53A-0512 Poster
TI: The “Adopt A Microbe” project: Web-based interactive education connected with scientific ocean drilling
AU: *Orcutt, B N
EM: alice508@gmail.com
AF: Center for Geomicrobiology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
AU: Bowman, D
EM: dinah@dinahbowman.com
AF: Dinah Bowman Studio and Gallery, Portland, TX, USA
AU: Turner, A
EM: agturner@usc.edu
AF: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
AU: Inderbitzen, K E
EM: kinderbitzen@rsmas.miami.edu
AF: University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
AU: Fisher, A T
EM: afisher@ucsc.edu
AF: Earth and Planetary Science Department, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
AU: Peart, L W
EM: lpeart@joiscience.org
AF: Deep Earth Academy, Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC, USA
AU: IODP Expedition 327 Shipboard Party
AB: We launched the "Adopt a Microbe" project as part of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 327 in Summer 2010. This eight-week-long education and outreach effort was run by shipboard scientists and educators from the research vessel JOIDES Resolution, using a web site (https://sites.google.com/site/adoptamicrobe) to engage students of all ages in an exploration of the deep biosphere inhabiting the upper ocean crust. Participants were initially introduced to a cast of microbes (residing within an ‘Adoption Center’ on the project website) that live in the dark ocean and asked to select and virtually ‘adopt’ a microbe. A new educational activity was offered each week to encourage learning about microbiology, using the adopted microbe as a focal point. Activities included reading information and asking questions about the adopted microbes (with subsequent responses from shipboard scientists), writing haiku about the adopted microbes, making balloon and fabric models of the adopted microbes, answering math questions related to the study of microbes in the ocean, growing cultures of microbes, and examining the gases produced by microbes. In addition, the website featured regular text, photo and video updates about the science of the expedition using a toy microbe as narrator, as well as stories written by shipboard scientists from the perspective of deep ocean microbes accompanied by watercolor illustrations prepared by a shipboard artist. Assessment methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the Adopt a Microbe project included participant feedback via email and online surveys, website traffic monitoring, and online video viewing rates. Quantitative metrics suggest that the “Adope A Microbe” project was successful in reaching target audiences and helping to encourage and maintain interest in topics related to IODP Expedition 327. The “Adopt A Microbe” project mdel can be adapted for future oceanographic expeditions to help connect the public at large to cutting-edge, exploratory research and for engaging students in active learning.
DE: [0465] BIOGEOSCIENCES / Microbiology: ecology, physiology and genomics
DE: [0815] EDUCATION / Informal education
DE: [0845] EDUCATION / Instructional tools
DE: [0850] EDUCATION / Geoscience education research
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2010 Fall Meeting