JR Ambassador

You may wonder what happens to the JR Education Officer (EO) after the expedition. Well, after Expedition 353: Indian Monsoon I returned home to Washington DC and eagerly shared stories of my adventure at sea with everyone who would listen. Post-cruise the EO duties could include presenting at conferences such as the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and American Geophysical Union (AGU). In addition I was asked to conduct inquiry-based outreach programming in my local community as a JR Ambassador. My ambassadorship allowed me to interact with learns in a range of learning settings. I conducted programs in schools, STEM clubs, Girls Inc, summer camps, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and Natural History Museum of Martinsville VA. 

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During many of the programs learns go to take part in live broadcasts with the JR during Exp. 355: Arabian Sea Monsoon. Thanks to JR Staff Scientists Denise, Co-Chief Peter and others, students got to interact with scientists and take a virtual tour of the ship’s labs. After the live broadcast audiences got to try hands-on activities using teaching cores. Learners “became” sedimentologists, geologists, and/or micropaleontologists. As a JR Ambassador I have interacted with over 500 people and introduced them to STEM careers & climate change research. 

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My JR adventures continue as one of the Education Officers on Expedition 359: Maldives
Monsoon and Sea Level! I am excited to once again be on board the JR and
to share STEM with learners all over the world!