NOAA Ocean Exploration engages educators, students and the general public to enhance America’s environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery. Dive in here to explore deep-sea phenomena and resources to support classroom instruction and inspire students to better understand our ocean planet.

Ocean Exploration Education Materials

Explore By Theme

Education theme pages are designed to provide the best of what the website has to offer on a number of popular ocean science topics. Each theme page provides links to background information, lessons, multimedia galleries, career profiles, and information on associated past expeditions.

Deep Ocean Education Project

The Deep Ocean Education Project website - launched in 2021 - is a one-stop-shop for ocean exploration education resources, combining materials and exploration opportunities from NOAA Ocean Exploration, Ocean Exploration Trust, and Schmidt Ocean Institute.

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Educator Opportunities

Educator Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

NOAA Ocean Exploration offers several professional learning and development opportunities for educators (grades 6-12) to dive deeper into ocean science and exploration topics.

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Ocean Odyssey Grants

Ocean Odyssey Grants

Broadening Access to Ocean Education and Workforce Development

NOAA Ocean Exploration and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation provide funding to support STEM education and workforce development initiatives that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within ocean science and/or exploration career pathways.

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Education Extras

Ocean Facts

You asked and our experts answered! This section provides short answers to common and intriguing ocean questions. Learn more

Octonauts Corner

NOAA Ocean Exploration and Octonauts teamed up to provide deep-sea information to kids of all ages! Learn more


Telepresence-enabled ocean exploration allows you to follow expeditions aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer live. Not sailing today? See when our next expedition is scheduled to catch us live in the future! Learn more

Ocean Careers and Student Opportunities

Ocean Careers

Ocean Careers

Dive into the career profiles of some of our past explorers to learn about a variety of ocean careers available to those interested in working on or in the ocean.

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NOAA Ocean Exploration Student Opportunities

NOAA Ocean Exploration Student Opportunities

A key part of our mission is to support the next generation of ocean explorers. Our office offers several opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to join our team and get real world experience as an ocean explorer.

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NOAA Ocean Exploration Education Facebook page

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