Mon Océan & Moi

It aims to share oceanographic research with everybody who is interested. One of the main objectives of this project is to favor collaboration between the scientific and educational worlds in order to elaborate a teaching method for raising consciousness of school children to the marine environment. The program has been created at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (France). It is organized in a participative way and its pluri-disciplinary team is composed of (future) researches, engineers, science facilitators, web-designers as well as school and university teachers and their students.

Thanks to the multiple supports at divers levels (e.g. European projects), the program proposes many activities. It particularly favors the online dissemination of science-based information towards a young audience. On a dedicated website (Mon Océan & Moi), you may find answers to a series of questions, a number of resources (e.g. animations, pictures and maps) and educational material including quizzes and games.

Adopt a Float

The concept is based on the idea that a class could adopt an underwater robot (Biogeochemical-Argo float) and follow it during its scientific voyage. The trajectory of the float brings the students into an oceanic zone and, in real-time, allows them to participate in the observations collected by this float as well as to the sciences that are associated.

The scientific voyage of a profiling float can last between 2 and 4 years. All during this time, it can be accompanied to better understand the marine environment and the scientific approach including the questions posed by the researchers. To adopt and to accompany a profiling float also means an engagement to share the acquired knowledge.

A website (Adopt a Float) is designed in an a priori self-explanatory way allowing a guided analysis by a teacher and/or scientific mediator. In order to facilitate the preparation of a course and to accompany a class, diverse educative resources are available.


MEDITES is a territorial structuration and innovation project, promoting the development of technical scientific culture as well as equal opportunities for all. It is supported by the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and gathers a number of institutes and associations committed to scientific culture in the French Departments Alpes-Maritimes and the Var. Their long-standing and confirmed expertise, in addition to their close collaboration with research laboratories, guarantees the scientific quality of their projects. The main objective of MEDITES is to provide an access to scientific culture for the youth, and to awaken their curiosity and critical thinking.

This is particularly directed towards young people who are from socially and/or geographically remote communities. Hence, educational pathways will be set up in collaboration with educationalist teams from various schools. Several key topics will be proposed and activities will take place throughout the school year according to a strict methodology. These activities will target junior secondary school (“college”) and vocational training school (“lycée professionnel”) students as well as apprentices from training centres in the Nice academy. The MEDITES project will also address the ten to sixteen year olds that take part in extra-curricular activities.