It aims to share oceanographic research with everybody who is interested. One of the main objectives is to generate awareness and interest in Ocean topics.
The program has been created at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (France). It is organized in a participative way and its pluri-disciplinary team is composed of (future) researches, engineers, science facilitators, web-designers as well as school and university teachers and their students.
Thanks to the multiple supports at divers levels (e.g. European projects such as from OSS2015, educational authority of Nice, COI/UNESCO), the program proposes many activities. It particularly favors the online dissemination of science-based information towards a young audience.
On a dedicated website, you may find answers to a series of questions, a number of resources (e.g. animations, pictures and maps) and educational material including quizzes and games. With a quick click get information on e.g. observational tools, seasons in the oceans, or hands-on activities.
This initiative invites school classes to adopt a profiling float, to follow it during its scientific voyage and to share experiences.
The concept is based on the idea that a school class could adopt an underwater robot of the profiling float type and follow it during its scientific voyage. The trajectory of the float brings the students into an oceanic zone (e.g. the Mediterranean or the North Atlantic) and, in real-time, allows them to participate in the observations collected by this float as well as to the sciences that are associated.
The scientific voyage of a float can last 3 to 4 years. All during this time it can be accompanied to better understand the marine environment and the scientific approaches. On a specific web interface, the students can connect and share their acquired knowledge with an international adopt a float- community.
The adopt a float initiative is directly linked to the mon ocean & moi program.