Outreach aboard the JOIDES resolution during IODP Exp. 360; bringing cutting edge research on mid ocean ridge processes to classrooms worldwide

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Author(s): Kavanagh, Lucas; Martinez, Alejandra Olivia; Burgio, Marion; Zhang, Jiansong
International Ocean Discovery Program, Expedition 360 Scientists
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Eagle Pass Independent School District, United States
Xinhua News Agency, China
Texas A&M University, United States
Volume Title: AGU 2016 fall meeting
Source: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Vol.2016; American Geophysical Union 2016 fall meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 12-16, 2016. Publisher: American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
Note: In English
Summary: In order to increase classroom engagement for the next generation of scientists, teachers must include current research in their curriculum. The JOIDES Resolution offers this opportunity to teachers worldwide. We recently served as four Education and Outreach Officers during Exp. 360: Southwest Indian Ridge Lower Crust and Moho. Our aim was to communicate the goals of the expedition to students and the general public through webcasts, social media, videos, and interviews. Prior to the expedition, I visited a number of schools in Texas and shared my upcoming experience with ∼800 teachers and students. Webcasts hosted during the expedition were tailored to the teacher's specifications of subject area and grade level. Students and teachers were able to witness cutting edge science during a tour of the ship and ask questions of those directly involved in the research. Lessons, resources, and videos featuring the scientific activities taking place and highlighting the workings of a research vessel were developed and will be featured at science teacher conferences at the state and national level. Upon my return home I visited schools that participated in webcasts and provided samples of peripheral rock material for instructional purposes. This expedition has also led to post cruise collaboration with some of the Expedition 360 scientists. My students will have the opportunity to do research with the microbiologists along the Rio Grande River and at Texas A&M University. Expedition 360 has opened up a multitude of opportunities for my students and those around the world that participated in the live webcasts. I was able to reach out to the same students multiple times during this experience which made it possible for them to connect with the science before, during, and after the expedition. These types of opportunities will inspire the next generation of scientists who will make advances towards new understandings of Earth's processes.
Year of Publication: 2016
Research Program: IODP2 International Ocean Discovery Program
Key Words: 07 Marine Geology and Oceanography; Education; Expedition 360; Indian Ocean; International Ocean Discovery Program; International cooperation; JOIDES; Mid-ocean ridges; Ocean floors; SloMo; Southwest Indian Ridge
Coordinates: S324225 S324220 E0571645 E0571635
Record ID: 2017068236
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