Expedition Education Module
As "America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration," 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 are designed to help accomplish this task.
The Okeanos Explorer Tropical Exploration Expedition 2015 offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate the unknown and poorly known areas within the Caribbean Ocean and the central Pacific Ocean.
Expedition Focus: Bathymetric Mapping
The education resource collection below includes an Expedition Purpose; a link to the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection - Volume 1, Why Do We Explore? and Volume 2, How Do We Explore?; specific lessons and learning tools relevant to bathymetric mapping and water column exploration; multimedia resources on relevant topics; career connections; and a link to the Expedition Education Module for the recent expedition, Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs, which includes theme pages on seamounts, canyons, and deep-sea corals as well as standards-based lessons and much more.
Multimedia Discovery Missions
Multimedia Discovery Missions (MDMs) are interactive multimedia presentations and learning activities that address topics ranging from Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life and Deep-sea Benthos to Food, Water and Medicine from the Sea. Each MDM includes a 7-9 minute animated Lesson, a 4-5 minute animation on Global Impacts, and three interactive activities. The following MDMs support the science of this expedition.
Ocean Age Career Connections
The Ocean Careers to Inspire Another Generation of Explorers, or OceanAGE Careers webpage, invites students to learn about the talented people who explore our ocean planet. From underwater pilots to research scientists, these marine explorers provide students with first-hand knowledge of exciting careers through videotaped interviews and written profiles. Below are links to a few explorers whose interests relate to the science of this expedition.
- Geophysicist. Dr. Bob Embley
Works with seafloor maps and images to analyze the processes that create undersea features such as submarine volcanoes.
- NOAA Corps Officer. Brian Kennedy
Facilitates expedition research and gets to experience all sorts of ocean science discoveries.
- Engineering Scientist. Dr. Charlie Loeffler
Conducts underwater sonar design and development.
- Commanding Officer. LCDR Holly Jablonski
Responsible for ship's safety and personnel, management of shipboard operations, and success of ship’s mission.
Related Expedition Education Module
For more information
Paula Keener, Marine Biologist
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research