Education

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) strives to engage broad audiences to enhance America’s environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery. Increasing this literacy requires high-quality, effective collaborations between ocean explorers and America’s teachers. NOAA regularly forms such collaborations to reach out in new ways to the public to improve the literacy of learners with respect to ocean issues.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection

The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The collection is presented in two volumes: Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? and Volume 2: How Do We Explore?. Several of the lessons from the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection are also available in Spanish.

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Ocean Exploration Educational Materials: By Theme

These Education Theme Pages are designed to provide the best of what the Ocean Explorer website has to offer on a number of popular ocean science topics. Each Theme page provides links to content essays, lessons, multimedia interactive activities, career information and associated past expeditions. Look for more theme pages to be added here over time.

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Lesson Plans

Hands-on and standards-based lesson plans have been developed that bring entire classrooms "on board" for ocean exploration and discovery. Using new technology to see, sense, measure, image, and describe a little-known ocean world, scientists and educators are bringing the excitement of late-breaking ocean discoveries into classrooms through the more than 450 lesson plans.

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Expedition Education Modules

Expedition Education Modules 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. Each module provides access to an expedition purpose/overview, lessons, Multimedia Discovery Missions, OceanAGE Career Connections, and other resources.

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Multimedia Discovery Missions

The Multimedia Discovery Missions are a series of interactive multimedia presentations and learning activities that address topics ranging from Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life to Deep-sea Benthos, Plate Tectonics, Tides, and more.

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Professional Development

OER professional development offerings provide opportunities for teachers and other educators to engage in learning more about ocean exploration. The offerings are designed to introduce participants to premiere ocean scientists/explorers and their research and explorations. At the same time, we provide exemplary tools and resources for the classroom to enhance the teaching and learning of ocean science and NOAA endeavors in ocean exploration. Onsite professional development workshops are offered around the country in cooperation with our Ocean Explorer Education Alliance Partners.

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OceanAGE Careers

Hear from some of the talented explorers who study the ocean world. From underwater pilots to research scientists, these marine mentors will provide students with first-hand knowledge of exciting careers through their interviews and profiles.

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Ocean Facts

The ocean exploration facts in this section provide short answers to common or intriguing ocean questions. The questions are categorized according to the seven Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for grades K-12, which outline the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate in accordance with the National Science Education Standards.

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Octonauts Corner

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the Octonauts have teamed up to deliver great deep-ocean information for kids (of all ages!). Visit this page to access coloring cards, a deep-sea animal chart, and more.

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