Concept + Mission

Project Ocean Watch is a multi-year, integrated learning initiative with a unique platform and powerful promise to inspire ocean conservation and cultivate the next generation of ocean stewards.

This ambitious mission will be accomplished via an educational sailing expedition using the 64’ S/V Ocean Watch to explore the rich tapestry of life beneath the waves, how it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood within the sea and why preserving and enhancing this rich tapestry matters to us all.

With a first-of-its-kind Internet of Things (IoT) digital learning platform that leverages new education technology and multiple communication channels, Project Ocean Watch will reach and engage hundreds of thousands of students in classrooms and communities throughout 36 countries in The Americas.

Through compelling storytelling, students will learn first-hand about the fragile and finite nature of our oceans, and more importantly, beinspired to take action.

The Expedition

  • 660+days of daily content generation
  • On board crew positions
  • Data collection + sharing
  • Port Visits + Dockside Displays
  • Corporate Hospitality
  • AR/VR Pavilions
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Multi-dimensional storytelling

IoT Digital Learning Platform

  • Internet of Things Platform
  • User-generated content
  • Toolset for data collection
  • Educational adventure games
  • Connected digital storytelling
  • Real World Activities
  • Virtual Crew Positions
  • Floating Science Fair Project Lab
  • Video, blog, imagery library

Education, Science + Conservation

Education Approach:

A paradigm shift is underway in education that emphasizes:

  • Learning by doing
  • Shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment
  • Real-world project-based learning
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Storytelling as a way to enliven curriculum, enhance learning, and encourage students to expand their thinking

Project Ocean Watch will deliver a breakthrough experience for students that will allow them to actively learn about, care for and protect the oceans. Opportunities include:

  • Floating Science Fair Project Lab
  • World’s longest virtual field trip
  • Augmented and virtual reality kiosks in ports
  • Educational games
  • Crowd-sourced science projects
  • Multi-dimensional storytelling by engaging artists, musicians, writers, videographers, and photographers

Science + Conservation Approach:

  • Highlight at least 12 critical ocean and coastal conservation issues
  • Showcase marine conservation successes (e.g., CA marine reserves)
  • Provide a platform for local audiences to take action
  • Through a crowd-sourced science movement, valuable daily real time data will be generated and shared with our science + education partners
  • Leading-edge technology will be used such as sensors, ROVs and AUVs to gather additional data

Why Ocean Stewardship

Oceans are critical to the well-being of people and the planet.

  • More than 97% of the world’s water resides in oceans
  • The oceans occupy nearly 71% of our planet’s surface, provides most of our oxygen and regulates our weather and climate
  • Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans. More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food. In 20 years, this number could double to 7 billion.
  • Oceans are the most promising source of new medicines to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases
  • Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the impact of climate change.
  • Our security, our economy, our survival all require healthy oceans.

The Challenge

The health of our oceans is in jeopardy due to human impact.

  • Almost 80% of the world’s fisheries are fully- to over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse.
  • Worldwide about 90% of the stocks of large predatory fish stocks are already gone.
  • 80% of all pollution in seas and oceans comes from land-based activities.
  • 97% of all coral disease is as a consequence of human activities.
  • More oil reaches the oceans each year as a result of leaking automobiles and other non- point sources than was spilled in Prince William Sound by the Exxon Valdez
  • Over 90% of all coastal zones worldwide will be developed by 2030.
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