The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international research program that explores the history and structure of Earth as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks. It seeks to expand the reach of several previous programs by a collaborative union between the United States, Japan, and the European Union.
The JOIDES Resolution is the research vessel that is operated by the United States. Scientists from all over the world participate in expeditions investigating the principal science themes for IODP—the deep biosphere and the sub-seafloor ocean, environmental change, processes and their effects and solid earth cycles and geodynamics.
This activity gives your students a glimpse at the difficulty of seafloor surveying, as well as the challenges the JOIDES Resolution faces during each expedition. Your students also will learn about latitude and longitude and plotting coordinates.
The game board grid (http://joidesresolution.org/node/3036--coming soon) is 5 inches by 5 inches, but encourage your students to feel free to create their own larger grids with as many spots as they’d like. Developed by Nicole Kurtz, education officer of IODP Expedition 34, this is a two-player game.