1. Increase educator knowledge of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), Earth science, and ocean drilling processes, while highlighting related STEM (science, technology, education, and math) careers

2. Make educators aware of how IODP Earth science research relates to

National Science Education Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and societal relevance by focusing on one or more of the IODP science plan themes;

 Climate and ocean change: reading the past, informing the future

 Biospherefrontiers: deep life and environmental forcing of evolution

 Earth connections: deep processes and their impact on Earth’s surface environment

Earth in motion: processes and hazards on human time scales

3.  Provide educators with an opportunity to:        

 Participate in a seagoing experience on a scientific drilling vessel, or to replicate these experiences in a shore-based laboratory

Conduct a series of research activities similar to those that take place during scientific drilling expeditions

Learn from scientists who focus their research on and actively participate in IODP expeditions

4. Enlist educators to share their experiences and translate IODP data, samples, and science into useful teaching resources

5, Engage educators to disseminate IODP science and Deep Earth Academy education resources through at least two of the following: teacher workshops, public lectures, activity development, product field testing, social media, journal publications, or popular media