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Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2010), Title, Abstract xxxxx-xxxx presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.

HR: 1340h
AN: ED53A-0514 Poster
TI: Trials at Sea: Successful Implementation of a Unique Two-Month Professional Development Program
AU: *Peart, L W
EM: jr_peart@ship.iodp.tamu.edu
AF: IODP/Deep Earth Academy, Consortium for Ocean Leadershi, Washington, DC, USA
AU: Orcutt, B N
EM: alice508@gmail.com
AF: Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
AU: Fisher, A T
EM: afisher@ucsc.edu
AF: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
AU: Tsuji, T
EM: tsuji@earth.kumst.kyoto-u.ac.jp
AF: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
AU: Petronotis, K E
EM: petronotis@iodp.tamu.edu
AF: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
AU: IODP Expedition 327 Participants
AB: During the summer of 2010, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 327 conducted coring and observatory installations on the Juan de Fuca Plate to characterize the hydrogeology of ridge-flank ocean crust. Due to the nature of the expedition, a smaller science party than usual was needed. IODP took this opportunity to expand education, outreach, and communication (EOC) activities with a previously untested model. Up to now, the IODP U.S. Implementing Organization had sailed either individual teachers on regular (2-month long) expeditions or groups of teachers and informal educators during short (2-week long) transits (School of Rock workshops). After two shipboard (Expeditions 312 and 321T) and two shore-based (Gulf Coast Repository) programs, we have recognized that sailing a group of educators is a beneficial model for IODP and the participants. What has been unavoidable is that these workshops took place outside typical expedition activities. Expedition 327 provided a unique opportunity to sail a diverse group of outreach officers on a regular expedition with a full range of scientific activities. The group included individuals with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds. US participants included a late-career high school physics teacher, a visualization graduate student, an undergraduate engineering student from an historically black university, and an artist. French participants included two middle and high school earth and life science teachers. This diversity made the group more dynamic but it also posed a challenge. Numerous scientific and technical staff also participated in EOC activity design and leadership, including development of dedicated web sites and blogs. After a seminar on constructivist and inquiry-based methods, we spent the first few weeks investigating earth science concepts so EOC participants could gain a basic understanding of the regional geology and the scientific objectives of the expedition. Close to the beginning of the cruise, projects that had been outlined in general terms precruise were clarified and strategies were developed for completing them. Individuals were able to work on projects that benefited their future goals, were beneficial to the ocean drilling community, and relied on each person’s special set of skills to carry out. Projects ranged from earth science classroom activities to robotics, computer animation, and fine arts. The outreach group also facilitated interactive videoconferences around the world, two websites, Facebook, YouTube and audio recordings for COSEE NOW’s Ocean Gazing podcasts. The scientists benefited from their interactions with the group by experiencing and contributing to alternative teaching methods. Although more challenging in some ways, we found the outcome justified the effort and resources that made this endeavor possible. We encourage funding agencies in general and IODP in particular to continue supporting education and outreach activities of this nature.
UR: http://joidesresolution.org/node/1154
DE: [0448] BIOGEOSCIENCES / Geomicrobiology
DE: [0825] EDUCATION / Teaching methods
DE: [0830] EDUCATION / Teacher training
DE: [1895] HYDROLOGY / Instruments and techniques: monitoring
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2010 Fall Meeting