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 the people around the world. The Lophelia II 2009: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks 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— natural and artificial hard bottom habitats deep in 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 Lophelia II 2009: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks.
Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3, 5, 6, 11, and 12 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities related to the Lophelia II 2009 expedition, including Deep-Sea Corals, Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life, Deep-Sea Benthos, Energy from the Oceans, and Food, Water, and Medicine from the Sea.
OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
To see archived video and online Web chats between students and scientists, highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard ship during this expedition, click on the links below.
Other Resources and Links
A list of other resources and links related to this expedition for you to explore.
Contact Paula Keener-Chavis, national education coordinator for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, for more information.
Other lesson plans developed for this Web site are available in the Education Section.