Educators Explore the Geology of the Pacific Northwest aboard the JOIDES Resolution

2016-06-28T19:38:58+00:00 April 1, 2013|

SOR 2011 participantsBeginning April 1, nineteen science educators from across North America will live on board the scientific ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution for nine days, as participants in the latest “School of Rock Expedition for Educators” professional development workshop.

Since 2005, the School of Rock program has provided hundreds of educators with hands-on training in scientific techniques using the same laboratories, samples, and data available to working scientists aboard the ship. 

For 12 hours a day – which mimics the long shifts that scientists work during regular two-month expeditions – the participants will work alongside four instructors and the rest of the ship’s crew while the ship is docked in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The dynamic instructional team will guide the educators through an exploration of seafloor core samples and data collected from the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.

Using the advanced laboratory equipment on the ship, as well as their own observational and problem-solving skills, participants will work with real scientific data to learn about the history of the Earth.  Some of their time will also be spent developing classroom materials and planning how to incorporate what they learn into their own teaching efforts with formal and informal audiences.  Participants will also conduct live video broadcasts and post daily blog entries to share their adventures aboard the vessel.

School of Rock is organized and delivered by the Deep Earth Academy at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and supported by the U.S. Implementing Organization of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP-USIO).


About IODP

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international research program dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of the Earth through drilling, coring, and monitoring the subseafloor. The JOIDES Resolution is a scientific research vessel managed by the U.S. Implementing Organization of IODP (USIO). Together, Texas A&M University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership compose the USIO.  IODP is supported by two lead agencies: the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. Additional program support comes from the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), the Australia-New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC), India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences, the People’s Republic of China (Ministry of Science and Technology), the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, and Brazil’s Ministry of Education (CAPES). For more information, visit

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