Blog Posts Tagged "informal educators"

Find Out Which of the World’s Volcanoes are Erupting Today, Today!

One of our main research objectives for drilling the Louisville seamount trail is to try to better understand what is happening in the mantle underneath it. Volcanoes and earthquakes are our most dramatic reminders that the inside of the Earth is not a static ball of rock: there is a fluid mantle that is causing the seemingly solid crust beneath us to move and change.

Hands-on Ways to Visualize the Earth’s Layers

Even though we are drilling into rock above the ocean floor, our main objective is to understand better what is happening inside the earth’s mantle. Here are a couple activities that can help students visualize the Earth’s interior in a hands-on way.

Hotspot Eruption in the Classroom

One advantage teaching science has over pretty much all other subjects is the ability to bring in cool demonstrations and hands-on activities to introduce and reinforce concepts.

Drilling Seamount Cake

In our video “Coring Sea Floor Cake,” we use the example of putting a tube into a layered cake to discover its contents, to help explain why the JR is currently drilling on the Louisville Seamount Trail.

Dating Fossils

This blog is not about May-December relationships. Instead, it is about an activity that can show students how the scientists on our expedition use fossils they find in the cores to help determine the ages of the seamounts we are drilling.

How You* Can Be on the JOIDES Resolution (* “you” being an educator)

As every educator knows, telling a student about something is never quite as effective as giving them the real experience. Similarly, teaching about the science and operations of the JOIDES Resolution becomes more meaningful when the teacher and/or students are able to have a real experience of it. Amazingly, it is not actually that difficult to make that happen.