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Project Name: JOI Learning, Joint Oceanographic Institutions(Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, U. S. Implementing Organization)

Location: 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20016

Contact information: Leslie Peart,;  (202) 787-1603


Main Project description/purpose

JOI is a consortium of 31 premier oceanographic research institutions that serves the U.S. scientific community by leading large-scale, global research programs in scientific ocean drilling and ocean observing. For more than 30 years, JOI has helped facilitate discovery and advance global understanding of the Earth and its oceans through excellence in program management.  JOI is currently merging with the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education.

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international research program that explores the history and structure of the earth as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks. In partnership with Texas A&M University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, JOI manages activities associated with the U. S. Implementing Organization and the scientific ocean drilling vessel, JOIDES Resolution.

Education and Outreach Mission and Goals

JOI Learning develops programs and materials based on scientific research expeditions to strengthen students' math, science, and analytical skills for a lifetime of learning. Our vision of Teaching for Science, Learning for Life™ plays on the ability of scientific ocean drilling to provide a multidisciplinary approach to earth science education. We desire to equip educators to teach about the Earth using all the disciplines, even in the absence of a dedicated earth science course. We also hope to equip students to be better decision makers, problem solvers, science-literate citizens, and stewards of our planet.
JOI Learning Goals

  • Interpret scientific ocean drilling results for education audiences including K-16 teachers and students, graduate students, and lifelong learners
  • Disseminate and facilitate learning through print and web-based resources, workshops, short-courses, and teacher research experiences
  • Enlist and foster scientists and technicians as education partners
  • Build, establish, and leverage working partnerships with science education associations and networks to maximize science and multidisciplinary education results

Primary Audience(s) served (i.e., high school teachers, college students, etc.)

JOI Learning primarily targets secondary and undergraduate earth science teachers and students in urban areas, Texas, California, New York, and Florida.