This education module focuses on cutting-edge ocean exploration and research.
Expedition Education Module
Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to reach out in new ways to teachers, students, and the general public, and share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with people around the world. The Gulf of Mexico 2006 Expedition offers a unique opportunity to engage explorers of all ages as we continue our journeys to parts of our ocean planet that few have seen - the deep-sea chemosynthetic communities of the Gulf of Mexico. This EEM contains the following components:
A summary of why scientists and educators are interested in exploring this area and what we might learn from our efforts in this region as we strive to further understand the 95% of our planet that is virtually unexplored.
A collection of inquiry and National Science Education Standards-based lesson plans for students in grades 5-12 that have been specifically designed for this expedition. These lessons have also been correlated to the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. You will also find links to other lesson plans residing on the Ocean Explorer Web site that have been developed for previous NOAA expeditions, and have content that relates to the Gulf of Mexico 2006 Expedition.
Multimedia Learning Object(s)
Click on the links to Lessons 3, 5, and 6 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Corals, Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life, and Deep-Sea Benthos.
OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
Archived video and online Web chats between students and scientists highlighting a few of the careers that are represented onboard the ship during the Gulf of Mexico 2006 Expedition.
Other Resources and Links
A list of other resources and links related to this expedition for you to explore.
For More Information
Contact Paula Keener-Chavis,
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration
Other lesson plans developed for this Web site are available in the Education Section.