In Search of Earth’s Secrets

In Search of Earth's Secrets logo

A Limited-time traveling exhibit and pop-up encounter coming to Discovery Space Fall 2019 and Spring 2020!

Research Vessel
The 469-foot-long JOIDES Resolution deep-sea research vessel.

In Search of Earth’s Secrets is a hands-on exhibit for audiences to enjoy in informal learning environments. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about exciting science topics researched by JOIDES Resolution scientists such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The exhibit consists of 6 interactive kiosks that will be displayed at Discovery Space, Schlow Library and The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum on Penn State’s campus starting in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. There will be “passports” and stickers available for visitors to keep track of their progress and make sure they visit all six interactive kiosks!

Walk through exhibit
The 45-foot long JOIDES Resolution inflatable walk-through exhibit.

Community events will feature a 45-foot-long walk-through inflatable model of the JOIDES Resolution research vessel with a video-wall presentation that shows how science allows us to travel back in time and discover what happened in Earth’s past. Events will also feature a 30ft x 15ft floor map of the Earth’s oceans and other interactive activities to explore.

Community Events:

Saturday, October 12

Fall Fest Downtown State College Schlow Library parking lot 10am-3pm

Saturday, November 2

Free Community Day at Discovery Space Science Center 10am-5pm

Tuesday, November 12

Exploration U Bellefonte Community Science Night 6-8pm

Thursday, December 5

Exploration U Bald Eagle Community Science Night 6-8pm

Sunday, December 15

Scout Day at Discovery Space Science Center 12-5pm
Sign up your scout troop

JOIDES Volunteers

Want to become a youth volunteer for this special exhibit?

Fill out our volunteer interest form to reserve your spot in our FREE training session.

Who can volunteer?

Youth volunteers 14-18yr may participate with permission of parent/guardian.

We welcome Girl Scout troops at the 7th-grade level or higher to participate with members of their troop.

When will you volunteer?

We are now accepting registrations for Fall of 2019 (October- December 2019). Volunteer shifts will be available on our exhibit floor during regular operating hours and at select evening and weekend events. Volunteers will be required to commit to at least 3 events during October to December 2019 as part of this program.

What do you get?

In addition to participating in Discovery Space’s first traveling exhibit docent class, and the opportunity to learn about exciting oceanographic research, volunteers will get an In Search of Earth’s Secrets T-shirt, an opportunity to earn a commemorative patch and free 1-time admission for their families to experience the exhibit. And free pizza at our training session.

National Science FoundationInternational ocean discovery program

For questions about this exclusive opportunity, contact .

For more information about In Search of Earth’s Secrets, visit the JOIDES Resolution website.