Schools of Rock are educational workshops during which teachers become familiar with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), scientific drilling and earth science through interactions with IODP scientists and former Education/Outreach Officers. To achieve that objective, the workhsop include science presentations and practical hands-on activities conducted by the participants. This initiative was created in 2005 by the IODP US Implementing Organization (IODP-USIO) as an expedition designed for earth and science teachers onboard the JOIDES Resolution during a transit of the drillship – more information
Since 2014, ECORD Teachers who sailed onboard the JOIDES Resolution as Education/Outreach Officers are encouraged to organise an educational workshop in their home country to share their at-sea experience and to teach their colleagues on how to bring IODP science into the classroom. Since 2015, the workshop is named “ECORD School of Rock” as it drew its inspiration from the US School of Rock.
ECORD School of Rock
In April 2014, an ECORD/IODP workshop for teachers was held in France as a two- or three-day long workshop with lectures given by scientists and practical hands-on sessions developped and tested by scientists and educators who sailed on IODP drillships (JOIDES Resolution). ECORD recognised this pilot workshop as a major educational contribution to educational objectives of the programme and supported that it should be shared and developped accross all ECORD countries as the “ECORD School of Rock”.
The main part of the funding of every ECORD School of Rock has to be provided by the national educational organisation/ministry of the hosting country. Additional funding is provided by the national IODP office and support could be requested to ECORD.
Plans for ECORD Schools of Rock 2017 and 2018 are being discussed.
ECORD participants in the Schools of Rock onboard the JOIDES Resolution
2013 – Exploring cores and geology of the Pacific NW of Victoria, BC, 1-9 April 2013 – Jane Londero and Sarah Thornton (Canada) – Report
2011 – A five-year review, 31 July – 5 August 2011 – Jean-Luc Bérenguer (France) – Report
2010 – Cascadia ACORK Observatory, 5-18 September 2010 – David Edwards (UK) and Jean-Noël Puig (France) – more information
2009 – Cores, CORKS and Crust on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, 23 June-5 July 2009 (Expedition 321T): Jean-Luc Bérenguer (France) and Helder Pereira (Portugal) – Report by H. Pereira and report published in the ECORD Newsletter