The adopt a float program brings ocean sciences into classrooms and offers students the possibility to discover the ocean and the importance of studying it to better understand and protect it. Students from primary and secondary school levels of all countries around the world are welcomed and, in a scientific, cultural and citizen-based way, guided to approach ocean topics and marine sciences.
The program was initiated in 2011 at the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche and is based on the idea that a school class can adopt a Biogeochemical-Argo profiling float and follow it during its scientific voyage. Following the float encourages the students to “visit” an oceanic zone (e.g. the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic or the Southern Ocean). It also allows them to access real-time data and thus to participate in ocean observations collected by the float.
As multidisciplinary science domains are associated, the program naturally establishes connections between many ocean sciences professionals, students and educators and facilitates through meetings, exchanges and activities. It therefore represents an opportunity to share knowledge and skills, and also offers training possibilities for early career scientists on ocean sciences communication and mediation.
With its actions and approach, the adopt a float program contributes in a very concrete manner to ocean education and fosters Ocean Literacy with an intergenerational intention. The involved team is committed in advocating for the Sustainable Development Goals and the missions of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
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As an open concept, “adopt a float” has been adapted to the use within the "USA-SOCCOM program".