Middle School Science Teacher Sets Sail
Middle School science teacher Tony Del Campo was one of twelve educators in the US participating in this year’s International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) School of Rock JOIDES Resolution (JR) Expedition 398P from February 24–March 3 in Tarragona, Spain.
Del Campo is still in shock and humbled for being “selected by the United States Science Support program, which is part of the National Science Foundation, to take part in this unique and career-shaping expedition.”
IODP is an “international marine research collaboration that explores Earth’s history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor subseafloor environments.” Participants learned “about IODP’s science and ship operations, [spoke] with scientists and technicians, and collaborate[d] to enhance educational offerings.”
Del Campo says their “time on the [JR] will have an impact on science classrooms all across the country with any educator being able to access these materials.”
“Many of my students can attest to how much I love the field of earth science,” says Del Campo. “To have the opportunity to be aboard the premier research vessel for deep ocean discovery, learning from the [JR] scientists, is truly a dream come true for me.”
- Teaching at Lab