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.


Announcing a Special Opportunity:

One-day Mini School of Rock!

The Day the Dinosaurs Died: Evidence from the Seafloor!

Date: November 19, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 pm

Where: On board the JOIDES Resolution research ship in the port of San Diego, CA: 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

What: Work with leading scientists and educators to learn about evidence gleaned from scientific ocean drilling about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Engage in hands-on laboratory activities, learn about the nature/process of this amazing science story, explore exciting and free classroom resources around this topic, tour and have lunch (provided) on board the ship to learn about the International Ocean Discovery Program! Sneak preview of some of the resources here.

Who should apply: Classroom (Grades 5 and up and community college) and informal educators in the San Diego area

Deadline: November 10, 2019. There is no fee for this workshop; participants will just be expected to provide their own transportation to the port entrance.

Apply here!

Questions? scooper@ldeo.columbia.edu


2019 School of Rock

Show me the evidence: Gulf of california geology and the scientific ocean drilling program

Dates: September 8-18, 2019

Where: in/around San Diego and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

What: The 2019 School of Rock was a land-based professional development workshop at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It was timed to coincide with the San Diego port call of the JOIDES Resolution, which is the first time the ship returned to the mainland U.S. in 10 years. The 2019 program focused on lines of EVIDENCE in science, the nature and process of science, and exploring geologic evidence gleaned from the study of field sites in and around the San Diego area and from legacy ocean sediment cores. Participating faculty included experienced scientists and science educators from a variety of backgrounds with deep experience with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). This was a residential workshop; all participants stayed in a hotel near to the worksite and the group travelled together to field sites and activities. Participants had the rare opportunity to go onboard and tour the JOIDES Resolution in port and interact with scientists and students on the Guaymas Basis expedition.

Who: Pre-service and in-service educators were encouraged to apply. Educators were encouraged to apply in 2-3 person teams from their school or institution. We especially encouraged participants from historically underrepresented minority groups in the geosciences, and those who teach in diverse settings.

Who else: This year’s School of Rock was a collaboration with a new project, Ambassadors for STEM Training to Enhance Participation (A-STEP). We engaged participants who were and are able, willing and eager to take what they learn and become ambassadors in their communities and nationwide for the cutting-edge science they will learn during and after the workshop. If you are creative, have excellent communication skills, interest and talents in video and/or other multimedia storytelling techniques, and love science – this is for you!

Cost: Travel, food and lodging costs for U.S. participants was covered by two NSF-funded projects: the U.S. Science Support Program and the A-STEP project. There may be some small incidental expenses that participants will have to cover.

How do I apply?  Deadline has passed.

Questions? scooper@ldeo.columbia.edu



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

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