The ship is busy drilling the Hess Deep Rift for Expedition 345. It has been quite a challenge so far! You can learn all about Hess Deep and follow along here through February 12, 2013.
The drilling operations during Hess Deep have been indeed a challenge, requiring the constant expertise of our excellent drilling team! In attempting to drill into hard rock and get ever deeper, we have had to pull the drill in and out and start new holes several times. Read more from Education Officer Nicole Kurtz.
The application period to host an IODP Distinguished Lecturer has opened. This is a fantastic opportunity for academic institutions and public/museum venues to have one of our leading scientists present current ocean drilling research. Selected venues will also receive a FREE educator professional development workshop complements of Deep Earth Academy and several Rockers and/or Education Officers. This is an all day workshop with lots of our hands-on activities. We can tailor the workshops to fit audience need.
Please consider applying and pass along to your contacts!.
We have such mixed feelings to announce that this month we will bid farewell to our fearless leader, Deep Earth Academy director Leslie Peart. She is leaving to take a job as Education Director at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas – where she will be closer to her family. She has been with the program since 2004 and we will miss her dearly!
Our Expedition 345 Education Officers have developed a wonderful activity about marine wildlife and ocean drilling. You can read more and download the activity and its accompanying poster and animal cards here.
We invite students of all ages to submit an entry for the 2013 J-aRt Contest! It is very exciting this year and has several cool new surprises and a chance to interact with our talented artist-Education Officer on board the ship now. Check it out and mark your calendars to enter by February 28, 2013.
This newsletter is brought to you by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and Deep Earth Academy. Ocean Leadership is a nonprofit organization representing 97 leading ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. Deep Earth Academy is the education arm of the scientific ocean drilling programs at Ocean Leadership. Deep Earth Academy uses exploration of the world around us as a model and strive to help students become better decision makers, problem solvers, science-literate citizens and stewards of our planet.