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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 Mapping the Uncharted Diversity of Arctic Microbes project offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate microbes and understand how next-generation DNA sequencing technologies help scientists to better understand microbial diversity and distribution.


Expedition Focus: Arctic Microbes

The collection of education resources below includes a Project Purpose written for educators, standards-based lessons focused on microbes, several fact sheets, a link to Ocean Sampling Day (an international collaboration to collect water samples from the ocean and rivers around the world), and links to past expeditions with a microbe focus. Additionally, below you will find an Arctic Theme Page which includes a selection of essays from past Arctic expeditions, additional lessons, videos, career interviews, and links to past expeditions with an Arctic focus.


Expedition Purpose: A summary of why scientists and educators are interested in exploring this area and what we might learn from our efforts in this region. Microbes Lesson Microbes Factsheet

Ocean Exploration Facts: What Are Marine Microbes? Ocean Sampling Day: Read about Ocean Sampling Day and discover several resources on marine microbes. View the education lessons and associated resources prepared for the Arctic Exploration 2002 Expedition. View the education lessons and associated resources prepared for the Arctic Exploration 2005 Expedition.




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