Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Expedition Education Module
Andrea Quattrini, marine biologist and co-science team lead for Leg 1 talks about telepresence and the 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.
Video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
As "America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration," the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer’s sole assignment is to systematically explore Earth’s largely unknown ocean. A major task for this mission is to reach out to teachers, students, and the general public so that they may become engaged with expeditions dedicated to purposes of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. Okeanos Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEMs) are designed to help accomplish this task. The Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate the unknown and poorly-known submarine canyons and seamounts along New England’s continental slope.
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 5-12 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 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013.
Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3, 5, 6, 8 and 14 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Corals, Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life, Deep-Sea Benthos, Ocean Currents, and Seamounts.
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of America’s first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration. The collection is presented in two volumes: Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? (modern reasons for ocean exploration) and Volume 2: How Do We Explore? (exploration methods and associated technologies).
Each of these expeditions covers topics similar to those of this expedition. Each expedition web page has an education component with associated lesson plans on topics including seamounts, canyons, deep-sea biological communities, and the technologies used to explore these areas.
This lesson introduces students to using the Okeanos Atlas: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/edu/collection/media/hdwe-AppendixA.pdf
Other Resources and Links
A list of other resources and links related to this expedition for you to explore.
For More Information
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
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