School of Rock

The School of Rock (SOR) Expeditions for Earth and Ocean Science Educators are adventures of a lifetime for educators interested in experiencing scientific ocean drilling research with the experts! During this multi-day workshop onboard the JOIDES Resolution or at the IODP Gulf Coast Repository or other partner universities, educators from across the country and the world work with real core material and lab technology to learn how the science reveals clues about Earth’s history.


Announcing the 2017 School of Rock: Expanding the Geoscience Pipeline by Connecting Educators with Early Career IODP Scientists

What: A special hybrid workshop on IODP science with the goals of:

  • encouraging early career scientists and secondary-level educators from communities that remain poorly represented in STEM fields, and particularly geosciences, to participate.

  • showcasing and educating about JR/IODP capabilities.
  • increasing the diversity of the talent pool that will apply to sail on IODP and related expeditions in the future.
  • building a diverse mentoring pool for undergraduate STEM/geoscience students.
  • creating local partnerships to bolster the STEM/geoscience pipeline.

When? July 10-27 2017

Where? On board the JOIDES Resolution while transiting from Subic Bay, Philippines to Townsville, Australia

Who? Ideally, apply in teams of two: a secondary-level educator and an early career scientist from the same general location. But if you do not have a partner, please do not let that stop you from applying. We will help you!

How much? Expenses for U.S. participants will be paid by the program. (Thank you tax-payers!)

Application deadline: April 30, 2017

Apply on-line at our application portal<. To apply, you will need to fill out the application form and upload a CV or resume, a letter of recommendation and a participation plan. If accepted, you will need a valid passport and to complete a physical exam.

Questions? Please contact Sharon Cooper:<.

This workshop is co-sponsored by USSSP/IODP and Indiana University of Pennsylvania with funding from the National Science Foundation (Award ID #1734023).


The 2016 School of Rock:

Exploring Ocean Cores and Climate Connections:
From Antarctica Across the Southern Ocean professional development program for formal and informal science educators took place May 29 - June 6, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa on board the JOIDES Resolution. 

Meet our 2016 Rockers and Instructors<!

Follow along on our blog and on Facebook during the program.



Our 2014 School of Rock

Dive Deep School of Rock 2014 <- for teachers impelmenting NGSS - August 10-16, 2014 at University of Delaware, Lewes.

Learn more about the School of Rock

School of Rock Expeditions goals<!

The School of Rock Preliminary Report<: learn about the impact that the School of Rock has on participants

Read the Scientific Report< produced by the 2012 participants who detail what they did and what they learned.

From Science to the Classroom<: a video produced by 2010 Rocker Patrice Ceisel that shows School of Rock participants in action

Watch< a School of Rock teacher bring her experience back to the classroom.

Join our mailing list< to receive other opportunity announcements when they become available.

School of Rock in Literature and News<


Explore our previous SOR Adventures

School of Rock 2014: Understanding Earth Through Ocean Cores<  

              June 8 - 14; Indiana University of PA

2013 SCIMPI School of Rock: Investigating Earth's history and the deep biosphere<

                 May 20 - 30; Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

2013 School of Rock: Exploring Ocean Cores and the Geology of the Pacific Northwest<

               April 1 – 9; Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

2012 School of Rock: Ship to Shore Science<

               May 23- June 2; Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

2012 Introduction to Curriculum on Climate History for Minority Serving Institution Faculty<

               June 4 – June 7; Gulf Coast Repository at Texas A&M

 2010 School of Rock<

               September 9 – 19; Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

2009 School of Rock<

               June 23 – July 5; Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

2008 School of Rock<

               July 6-14; Gulf Coast Repository at Texas A&M

2007 School of Rock<

               July 23-28; Gulf Coast Repository at Texas A&M

2005 School of Rock<

               October 31 – November 11; Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

“You did such a great job with the schedule for School of Rock. The flexibility we had was great, too. The whole experience was so positive and an incredible opportunity. I’m already planning to collaborate with our 4th grade teachers for their unit on plate tectonics and fossils.” ~Eileen Poling, West Virginia – Science teacher to Gifted students, grades K-6 – School of Rock 2007

    “This week was great! Thanks for everything you did this week to make me a better teacher. I feel that I learned a lot. What a great group! What a great experience!” ~Tina King, Tennessee – Fifth grade science teacher – School of Rock 2007