Submarine Ring of Fire 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 the people around the world. The Submarine Ring of Fire 2012: Northeastern Lau Basin 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 - one of the most concentrated areas of active submarine volcanism and hot springs found anywhere on Earth.
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 percent 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 links to Lessons 1, 2, and 4 for interactive multimedia presentations and learning activities on Plate Tectonics, Mid-Ocean Ridges, and Subduction Zones.
OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
To see archived videos highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard the ship during this expedition, click on the links below.
The Digital Atlas, from NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center, provides a central point of access to ocean exploration data collections. Using an easy-to-navigate Google Map to display expedition locations, the Digital Atlas leads users to expedition-specific collections of data, information, and outreach materials. For more information about the Digital Atlas, click here.
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.