Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) Outreach

Through partnerships with the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program, Oregon Sea Grant, the Marine Resource Management Program and the Coastal STEM Hub, the Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) Project is working to meet Outreach & Education goals.
The Outreach and Education Plan has three main components:

  • Public Education
  • Educator Professional Development and Student Engagement
  • Researcher Education and Professional Development

By developing or contributing to educational programs and exhibits we hope to help the public understand the importance of the Ocean to the world, country and local communities.

Through curricula, videos and other forms of information that will be shared with educators during professional development events, we hope to increase ocean and data literacy and show K-12 students how scientific observations made at sea are the crux of understanding, discovering, tracking and predicting natural and human-impacted processes within and beyond the Ocean.

In providing professional development opportunities for researchers, we hope to build and maintain effective infrastructure services aboard each RCRV that can enable each science party to set and achieve meaningful broader outreach and education goals seamlessly and with minimal costs.

As the project progresses, so will our educator resources. Take a look at what we have:

Build a Boat for Scientific Research

Mission Submersible

Mystery of the Disappearing Pteropods: Dude Where's My Shell

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arm ES boat

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Engagement

The RCRV team has a graduate student from the Marine Resource Management Program. This student is doing research by communicating with experts on the use and communication of real time data for researchers, educators and websites. This research will help to guide outreach efforts within the project. In addition, the student is doing thesis work on improving high school science students attitudes towards science and their scientific literacy. This is done by testing different types of learning activities, including a data centered learning experience.

The SMILE program engages undergraduate students in the RCRV project by incorporating them as mentors in events as well as through a partnership with the Mechanical Engineering (ME)undergraduate program. As part of their “capstone project”, a team of students were challenged to build a model launch and recovery arm that represented what will be on new research vessels. The final model was used by over 300 middle and high school students during annual engineering challenges throughout Oregon as an example from which to build their own simpler version and to launch a prototype underwater rover. Students documented their process in videos that they created for middle and high school students. Check them out here:

Mechanical Engineering Team Videos

MDD student