The oceans unite us. Reaching from continent to continent,
from culture to culture, the oceans touch all people. The
oceans challenge us to understand and protect them. Since
time began, the salty waters have awaited human interaction.
Cool ocean breezes invite people to the shores. The foods of
the sea tempt fishers to cast their nets. Deep, buoyant
waters lead shipmakers to their craft.
In the past, cultures around the world have used the oceans for survival and for transportation, but have also taken the oceans for granted. The vast supply of water seemed beyond harm. How could we hurt the oceans?
In the present, we continue to use the oceans to our advantage, yet we also know more than ever before about the undersea world. Technology has enabled scientists to study the oceans to greater depths and wider horizons. We also now know that the oceans can be harmed and that pollution threatens cultures around the world. Once again, the salty waters await human interaction. Now, and for the future, the ocean calls people to help, to protect the oceans from themselves.
|One school, located in the School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, accepted the challenge to oversee the ocean. The Douglass School students visited the Atlantic Ocean and investigated its ecosystem. Follow along on their real ocean journey. Then, come back and take your own online ocean journey.|
The Douglass School at the Seashore
Your online ocean voyage will take you to websites around the world
where you'll explore the latest ocean information. Dive into
the undersea world and, like the students at the Douglass School, accept
your challenge to oversee the oceans' future.
In partnership with WHYY, The Franklin Institute Online celebrated the United States' participation in EXPO '98, from May 22 through September 30, 1998. The United Nations declared 1998 to be the "International Year of the Ocean" and EXPO '98 highlighted that idea in its own theme: "The Oceans - a Heritage for the Future."
"Undersea and Oversee" is inspired by these themes and by the work of the students and teachers at the Douglass School, located in the School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.