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 Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2013 Expedition from Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate mesophotic coral ecosystems 30 m to more than 100 m below the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico.
M. Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University.
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.
Educators and scientists working with NOAA developed lesson plans for students in Grades 6-12 that are specifically tied to the science and technology associated with this expedition. These lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations (and their associated Common Core State Standards Connections), and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. You will also find links to other NOAA expeditions on the Ocean Explorer website that have content and lessons that relate to the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2013 Expedition from Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys.
Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3 and 12 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on deep-sea corals and biotechnology.
Each of these expeditions covers topics similar to those of this expedition. Each expedition webpage has an education component with associated lesson plans on topics including coral communities, conservation, drugs from the sea, and some of the technologies used to explore these areas.
OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
To see archived video highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard the ship during this expedition, click on the OceanAGE Careers page.
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, visit http://explore.noaa.gov/information-management/digital-atlas/. To launch the Digital Atlas, open http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/website/google_maps/OE/mapsOE.htm.
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 website are available in the Education Section.