INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2012
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 INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2012 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 - deep-sea habitats at the only place on Earth where an actively spreading ridge between two tectonic plates is being subducted under a continental margin (INSPIRE stands for INternational Southeast Pacific Investigation of Reducing Environments). 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.
Lesson plans for students in Grades 5-12 have been specifically designed for this expedition and have been correlated to:
- A Framework for K-12 Science Education (in preparation for the Next Generation Science Standards);
- Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts; and
- Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics where appropriate.
Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the link to Lessons 1, 2, 4, and 5 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Plate Tectonics, Mid-Ocean Ridges, Subduction Zones, and Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life.
OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
To see archived video 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.
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
Other lesson plans developed for this Web site are available in the Education Section.