Our School of Rock program is a professional development opportunity for formal and informal educators on board or involving the JOIDES Resolution. While living on board the ship (when possible) or in a land/lab-based workshop, teachers will work with scientists and technicians to learn about many aspects of earth science, geology, paleo-oceanography and more done aboard this amazing ship, what we learn from scientific drilling, and how to do the kinds of scientific analyses and lab exercises program-scientists do. This new-found knowledge will help teachers in creating or modifying existing resources for their students in many areas of the science curriculum.

School of Rock workshops occur once a year, usually during a transit or tie-up period for the vessel.

The deadline for the 2023 program is December 28, 2022.


Announcing the 2023 School of rock: A Professional development opportunity

We are excited to announce our first in-person School of Rock since 2019! This year’s program will focus on refining and updating existing IODP curriculum and materials. We are looking for a group of experienced educators who will collaborate with us in curating and refining our extensive library of educational materials. Educators will live and work aboard the JOIDES Resolution where it will be tied up in Spain, immersing themselves in cutting edge science content and processes, while collaborating with program staff and each other on curriculum projects. Participants will have the opportunity for pre- and post-expedition projects and stipends based on these projects.

When: February 24 – March 3 2023

Where: on board the JOIDES Resolution in Tarragona, Spain (the ship will be tied-up dockside), field trips in Tarragona area will be included

For whom: Grades 5-12 educators with demonstrated experience and interest in curriculum design

Cost: all travel expenses will be paid for accepted U.S. participants. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation.

How to apply: Application deadline was by December 28 through USSSP’s application portal.

COVID protocols: Pre-boarding testing and masks while on board will be required. Current covid requirements to enter Spain include proof of vaccination or negative test prior to travel.




To read about past School of Rock workshops, click on the links below:

School of Rock 2020-21

School of Rock 2019

School of Rock 2018

School of Rock 2017

School of Rock 2016

School of Rock 2014 – Deep Dive

School of Rock 2014 – Understand Earth through Ocean Cores

School of Rock 2013

School of Rock 2012

School of Rock 2009

School of Rock 2008

School of Rock 2007

School of Rock 2005


For more information, watch our School of Rock video and our video about educators on the ship! You can also read our assessment report on School of Rock here.


SOR teachers

Questions? Contact Sharon Cooper: scooper@ldeo.columbia.edu


JOIDES Resolution