The Last Leg, Crossing Over the Great Barrier Reef

20 individuals from around the world came together to participate in this year’s School of Rock Workshop Expedition. The intent was to collaborate within partnerships and brainstorm new methodologies to support underrepresented populations within the geosciences. Each participant was paired with another expert within their field and came from diverse backgrounds. The transit entailed 18 days on board the research vessel, the JOIDES Resolution aka the ”JR”. The voyage began in Subic Bay, Philippines and…

May All Scientists Have Good Mothers!

May All Scientists Have Good Mothers!

I know, it may seem a bit odd to start a blog entry on an advanced oceangoing research vessel by saying something that may seem so left of center – but hear me out. And if you have not the best relationship with your natal person – please substitute an appropriate corollary. At School of Rock (SOR) we start every day with a go-around where we share some aspect of our professional craft; a bit…

Identifying sediments and microfossils

Being at sea on such a large vessel is a new experience for me, and each day has been exciting.  The Philippines are beautiful, and the geology is amazing. Our morning began with a dolphin sighting off the port side, where we also saw flying fish! The remainder of the day was spent observing marine sediment cores and making smear slides.  Smear slides are a quick and easy way for sedimentologists to identify sediment styles…

Underway!

Greetings!  Your humble guest blogger today is writing to you from the JOIDES Resolution from somewhere other than Subic Bay, Philippines!  That’s right friends, School of Rock 2017 has officially set sail!  Amidst all of the energy and activity leading up to our departure this afternoon, however, we had a busy morning learning about how coring operations are carried out aboard the ship and the careful planning and flurry of activity that occurs once a…

Let them eat cake (cores)

Let them eat cake (cores)

Although we haven’t yet left port (that’s tomorrow), School of Rock 2017 has begun! Today we dove into some hands-on activities that illustrate what coring is, as well as demonstrate the importance of being able to make unbiased, factual observations. The activities, in addition to being fun for us, had the ultimate goal of demonstrating activities we (as educators) can bring to our respective classrooms. The participants in this year’s School of Rock are educators…