School of Rock

School of Rock Workshop

Miss Sarah Lacey, SVACS Secondary Science teacher, joined secondary teachers from across the world in Auckland, New Zealand, to participate in the International Ocean Discovery Program’s (IODP) School of Rock workshop. Only five Australian educators were selected to participate in the program which takes early-career STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers onto a working research vessel to increase their knowledge of oceanography, geoscience, and geology.

The 10-day course involved lab work, ocean exploration and geological studies, all with the goal of developing more effective STEM educators. School of Rock is run in conjunction with the University of Auckland, the IODP, GNS Science, and the United States Science Support Program.

Sarah was delighted to be chosen for the selective program and is hoping that the cutting-edge research and technology she has learned in the field, will help to inspire our students to consider studying Geological Science.

Miss Lacey had this to say about her adventures.

Kia ora koutou, from the Thursday 5 to Friday 13 of July 2018, I was in New Zealand learning about Pacific Rim Geology and scientific endeavours in the Auckland Region. The images below summarise my experience.

A big thankyou to ANZIC for funding the trip, the scientists from IODP, GNS and Auckland University for their time showing us their research and the USSSP for helping to organise the program.

Miss Sarah Lacey
Secondary Science Teacher