Program Update: Deep Earth Academy – June 2012
Deep Earth Academy staff recently wrapped up two “School of Rock” workshops. From May 23 to June 2, proponents of selected pilot projects from the Ship-to-Shore Science kickoff meeting sailed aboard the JOIDES Resolution as it transited from Curaçao to Bermuda. During the expedition, the “Rockers” were fully immersed in geology, marine engineering, and the culture of scientific ocean drilling. The group spent significant time crafting their pilot projects, conducting live video-broadcasts, touring the ship, and discussing informal science education.
On June 3-7, 12 participants from minority-serving institutions from across the country joined science instructors Kristen St. John and Larry Krissek, along with Deep Earth Academy staff and other partners, for an intensive four-day “School of Rock” workshop at the Gulf Coast Repository in College Station, Texas. The program was part of a National Science Foundation Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (NSF OEDG) planning grant to elicit feedback on the recently published textbook Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History and to engage the participants as advisors for a future OEDG proposal.