Lophelia II 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 Lophelia II 2012: Deepwater Platform Corals 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 – 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 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 3, 6, and 12 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Corals, Deep-Sea Benthos, 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 of the careers that will be represented onboard 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 specific collections of data, information, and outreach materials. For more information about the Digital Atlas, visit http://explore.noaa.gov/digital-atlas.
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.