For Educators:

Resources and Materials

The Education and Outreach Department is part of the United States Science Support Program (USSSP) for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Our mission is to raise awareness about ocean drilling science and its central role in our understanding of the Earth’s past, present and future, teach science content and process, and inspire careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Our approach includes use of authentic data, inquiry-centered activities and interdisciplinary explorations drawing from the adventures of the JOIDES Resolution ship and the earlier ocean drilling ship; the Glomar Challenger.

All resources have been organized based on the Strategic Objectives outlined in the 2050 Science Framework: Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling, which guides multidisciplinary subseafloor research into the interconnected processes that characterize the complex Earth system and shape our planet’s future. Each Strategic Objective page contains links to classroom resources and activities, as well as detailed explanations of how they can fit into all science curricula.


1 Habitability and Life on Earth

2 The oceanic life cycle of tectonic plates

3 Earth’s Climate System

4 Feedbacks in the Earth System

5 Tipping Points in Earth’s History

6 Global Cycles of Energy and Matter

7 Natural Hazards Impacting Society


Educators can also use JOIDES Resolution materials and resources to engage students in the process of science, and help them develop important scientific skills.

8 Science Skills

9 Ocean Drilling and the Process of Science


You can also access a list of all educator materials sorted by strategic objective and type of resource here.

JOIDES Resolution