The REVEL Project:
A classroom on the ocean floor
University of Washington
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
3:00 p.m.—Pacific Forum
The REVEL (Research
and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life) Project is a
professional development program for middle and high school science
teachers. The program provides teachers a unique opportunity to get
involved in research on mid-ocean ridges by participating in seagoing,
deep-sea research cruises. It provides teachers a renewed sense of
excitement about science and encourages them to invent new ways of
teaching integrated science. Furthermore, the program helps teachers bring
the scientific process into their classrooms and instill respect for the
oceans into their students, their communities, and their regions.
Since its inception in 1996, the REVEL Project has had the privilege to
select 47 educators from Washington, Pennsylvania, New York, California,
and Canada to explore the seafloor of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the N.E.
Pacific Ocean. Thousands of students and teachers have followed the
scientific adventures of these REVELers through the web site. The web site
is updated daily from sea while the educators sail on the open ocean,
participate in ship operations, and contribute to research alongside
scientists. In 1998 and in 1999, one teacher had the opportunity to dive
to the ocean floor in the submersible Alvin and bring back memories that
affected many lives in extraordinary ways.
This year, REVEL will include nine new teachers on two different
research cruises. For the first time, an educator from California who
teaches 6th grade science in Salinas, will join the REVEL Project and will
sail on the University of Washington R/V Thomas G. Thompson. Also for the
first time, a seasoned REVELer will mentor newly recruited teachers on
The REVEL Project is funded by the National Science Foundation with
additional support from the University of Washington, The Pennsylvania
State University, and the American Museum of Natural History.
Participation of an educator from California is made possible through
collaboration with the MATE Center, Monterey Peninsula College.
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