Ocean Science & Technology Class Field Trip Opportunity in Woods Hole

Zephyr Education Foundation is once again hosting school class field trips in Woods Hole.
The program consists of a hands-on 1 1/2 hour scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound, time spent in WHOI’s specimen tank room, a tour of one of the scientific docks, and time with our Augmented Reality Coastal Processes Modeling System. Visits to WHOI’s Exhibit Center and NOAA’s Science Aquarium can also be arranged. Each year over 2000 students come to Woods Hole and participate in our program. See our website and/or email Rob at

Plastic Pollution Research Voyage Ship-2-Shore Education Program

Algalita Marine Research Foundation  across the South Atlantic –  Brazil to South Africa – Departs Nov.8. Register now to participate online!

This online education program is a great opportunity for students to learn more about plastic pollution research in remote areas of the world’s oceans. The program is free, students from anywhere in the world are invited to register and the only requirements for participation are Internet access and a desire to learn.  Our next research voyage departs in just one month on November 8. We will be partnering with the 5 Gyres Team aboard the Sea Dragon for this exciting research voyage from Ilha Grande, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa. The goal of this month-long voyage is to study plastic pollution across the South Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be able to send questions to our research crew and share ideas with other students from around the world. Our research team will also be available to provide guidance for any students interested in developing stewardship projects to address the issue of plastic pollution in their own communities. Register Online Here

Follow Research Cruise Online

From Oct. 9th-Dec. 12th, the JOIDES Resolution research vessel invites your class, K-College, to follow along the South Pacific Gyre Microbiology Expedition as it drills for microbes from Tahiti to New Zealand.  Check out the expedition page at:, where you can:

Sign up for a LIVE Skype Videoconference with the Ship!

Adopt a Microbe: Weekly Interactive Activities for Prizes

Participate in the J/Art Contest for Cool Prizes

Follow along daily blogs, pictures, and activities with your class

Explore Underwater San Andreas Fault – Follow Online

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Launches Cradle of the Earthquake:  Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010  Expedition,  September 16 – October 2, 2010

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) announces the launch of the Cradle of the Earthquake:  Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010 Expedition Web page on its Ocean Explorer Web site at This Expedition posting includes daily logs, videos and images, an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module, lesson plans, an “Ask an Explorer” feature and much more.

Educators Invited to Join Research Cruise

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) invites educators and videographers to apply to sail on the JOIDES Resolution to serve as an onboard Education/Outreach Officer during Expedition 330: Louisville Seamount Trail (expedition dates are December 13, 2010–February 12, 2011). This expedition will explore the relative movement of the Louisville and Hawaiian hotspots to investigate plate motion in the Pacific. It will sample ancient lava flows to provide key insights into the evolution and melting processes of the Louisville volcanoes between 80 and 50 million years ago. Deep Earth Academy (IODP’s education program) invites interested high school educators, informal science specialists, and videographers to apply to be a part of this exciting scientific endeavor.

The selected education/outreach officer will be responsible for sharing the science story with the outside world, including students, educators, and the general public. He/she will coordinate educational activities on board, such as blogging, maintaining social networking sites and facilitating live video conferences to classrooms, museums and special events on shore. If a videographer is selected, he/she will produce weekly video updates for YouTube, longer documentary-style pieces, interviews with scientists, and other pieces to be determined. Successful applicants will be enthusiastic about science and education; innovative, open minded, and excited about sharing exploration and discovery. All expenses to and from the ship’s ports of call (both in Auckland, NZ) and during the expedition will be paid by Deep Earth Academy. A stipend will also be provided. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2010.  Applications are available at

Artists and Educators on Board

Join scientists, educators, and artists on the JOIDES Resolution – Expedition 327: Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology, July 5-September 5, 2010.  Expedition 327 will install sub-seafloor observatories to monitor fluid circulation and microbial activity in the ocean’s crust, using cutting edge technology to help scientists explore unanswered questions about activity and life beneath the seafloor.  The expedition will carry a team of educators and artists, excited to communicate with you and answer your questions in multiple ways and multiple languages.  Read the blogs, follow the expedition, send in your questions, and more.

Follow Plastics at Sea Expedition

Follow Sea Education Association’s “Plastics at SEA” Expedition, the first federally funded research expedition on plastic pollution in the North Atlantic. To date, this research cruise has counted 42,186 pieces of plastic in 71 net tows over a period of 19 days. Although they have been averaging 100 or 200 pieces of plastic per tow, on Monday, June 21, one of the nets recovered 23,000 pieces of plastic in a 30-minute tow which translates to about 26 million pieces per km2. This is a record for SEA, which has been sampling plastic marine debris in the Atlantic Ocean for more than 25 years.

Watch the mid-cruise report

Listen to Captain Chris McGuire’s audio report from sea

Visit daily for the latest information

Follow Research Cruise with Educators and Artists Aboard

We invite everyone to follow along on the next adventure of the JOIDES Resolution – Expedition 327: Juan de Fuca Hydrogeology! Expedition 327 will install several sub-seafloor observatories to monitor fluid circulation and microbial activity in the ocean’s crust – using cutting edge technology to help scientists explore many unanswered questions about activity and life beneath the seafloor. Expedition 327 will also carry a unique international team of educators and artists – who are all excited to communicate with you and answer your questions in multiple ways and multiple languages! Learn more about them here:  The expedition begins July 5th (next week!) and runs through September 5, 2010. You can become a part of it at, where you can read blogs, see the ship’s location, send in questions, find out who’s on board, and much more! You can also Adopt a Microbe on this expedition and do weekly activities that scientists will be responding to, win prizes, and learn all about these critters that live in the deep dark depths! Check it out here:

Educator Opportunity, RI Teacher at Sea

The University of Rhode Island’s RV ENDEAVOR has space available for educators, of any and all disciplines, who would like to become members of a scientific research team.  The Rhode Island Teacher-At-Sea (RITAS) Program is designed to establish sustainable partnerships between ocean scientists, researchers and teachers who live and teach in Rhode Island. Teachers selected for the RITAS Program will become part of a scientific research team conducting ocean science research during a cruise aboard the RV Endeavor.  As an educational component of the Rhode Island ENDEAVOR Program (RIEP), the RITAS Program is dependent upon the continued support from the State of Rhode Island.

For more complete information and to download an application please visit the OMP website.

Expedition for Earth and Ocean Science Educators

School of Rock 2010 Cascadia Cores and CORKS, a Hands-on, Research-based Expedition for Earth and Ocean Science Educators During IODP Expedition 328 (Cascadia Subduction Zone ACORK Observatory), September 3-19, 2010
During School of Rock research experiences, K-12, informal, and undergraduate educators have daily opportunities to conduct hands-on analyses of sediment and hard-rock cores with scientists and technicians who specialize in IODP research. This year’s workshop will focus on how cores and CORKS ( shed light on the hydrology and geology of the Cascadia subduction zone. The workshop will also provide educators with time to develop and plan new museum or classroom activities based on their new knowledge and research.
Jennifer Collins, Teacher in Residence, Deep Earth Academy
Tel (202) 787-1614

Leslie Peart, Education Director, Deep Earth Academy
Tel: (202) 787-1603