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The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 17 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

Sense It Workshops

  • Monday, 19 March 2018
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Sensors are everywhere. From smart phones, automobiles and appliances, sensors are integrated into objects we use every day. Sensors are also vital to studying the environment. Sensor based environmental research projects offer a highly engaging, interdisciplinary approach to teaching students a multitude of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.

SENSE IT brings real world environmental sensor networks into the high school classroom. During the workshop, teachers learned how to construct and calibrate sensors using multimeters, thermistors, and other electrical materials. They also received supplies and instructions for building sensors with their students back in their classrooms where they will be challenged to design, build, deploy and interpret data from their own environmental sensors.

The sensor construction lessons incorporate a variety of disciplines, including science, engineering, math, and computer programming, and give students real-world exposure to the scientific process. Once teachers and students have gone through the initial water temperature sensor exercises, additional lesson plans are available through the SENSE IT website on how to make other types of environmental sensors.

For more information about SENSE IT and upcoming SENSE IT workshops, visit http://senseit.org/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Past SENSE IT Workshops:

February 1, 2014: USF Clam Bayou Marine Education Center, St. Petersburg, FL

September 14, 2013: USF Clam Bayou Marine Education Center, St. Petersburg, FL

March 16, 2013: Canterbury School, St. Petersburg, FL

March 14, 2013: Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Ft. Pierce, FL

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Podcasts from The Loop

The Loop is a series of podcasts which take an in depth look at C-IMAGE research. Partnering with Mind Open Media reporters Ari Daniel Shapiro and David Levin, our researchers share the importance of their studies and how they help our understanding of oil spills. David and Ari have produced eight podcasts and have more in the queue. The podcasts are linked below. Plug in and learn about our research!

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