89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Monday, 12 January 2009
Deep Earth Academy: connecting the classroom with the ocean floor
Hall 5 (Phoenix Convention Center)
Michael J. Passow, Dwight Morrow HS and NESTA, Englewood, NJ; and L. Peart and S. Katz Cooper
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership's Deep Earth Academy connects students and teachers with discoveries about the ocean floor and Earth's history made by scientific ocean drilling. Formerly known as JOI Learning, the Deep Earth Academy creates a wide variety of print and on-line educational materials, provides workshops, and, when possible, facilitates teacher-at-sea experiences aboard the JOIDES Resolution drilling ship.

Deep Earth Academy develops programs and materials based on scientific research expeditions to strengthen math, science, and analytical skills of students through a multidisciplinary approach to Earth and ocean science education. Educators for K-12, university, and informal audiences can benefit from easily accessible data and hands-on activities created for classroom use and professional development. During the past four years, selected teachers participating in School of Rock Workshops held on the ship or at the IODP Gulf Coast Repository at Texas A & M worked with scientists to create exciting classroom materials about climate change and significant events in Earth's past.

Conference giveaways include posters and other materials, such as pencils showing the K-T boundary and the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum events, drill site inflatable globes, and engaging classroom posters - all designed to stimulate interest in science. Other resources include online videos and an interactive game for children introducing scientific ocean drilling.

Deep Earth Academy works closely with other professional organizations, including the AMS, to support science education in schools, assist scientists in achieving a broader outreach for their discoveries, and connect students and teachers with their peers in other countries.

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