OE Education

This expedition education module focuses on the 2006 Submarine Ring of Fire mission.

Expedition Education Module

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 2006 Ring of Fire Expedition offers a unique opportunity to engage explorers of all ages as we continue our journeys to parts of our ocean planet that few have seen—the submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal vents of the Mariana Arc.

This EEM contains the following components:

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 as we strive to further understand the 95% of our planet that is virtually unexplored.

Lesson Plans
A collection of inquiry- and National Science Education Standards-based lesson plans for students in grades 5-12 that have been specifically designed for this expedition. These lessons have also been correlated to the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. You will also find links to other lesson plans residing on the Ocean Explorer Web site that have been developed for previous NOAA  expeditions, and have content that relates to the 2006 Ring of Fire Expedition.

Multimedia Learning Object(s) exit icon
Interactive multimedia presentation(s) on plate tectonics, mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones, and chemosynthetic and hydrothermal vent life. Click on the links to Lessons 1, 2, 4, and 5 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Plate Tectonics, Mid-Ocean Ridges, Subduction Zones, and Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life

OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
Archived video and online Web chats between students and scientists highlighting a few of the careers that are represented onboard the ship during the 2006 Ring of Fire Expedition.

Other Resources and Links
A list of other resources and links related to this expedition for you to explore.

Teacher at Sea
Joining the scientists and crew aboard the R/V Melville is Lori Savage, an instructor at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon. 



For More Information

Contact Paula Keener-Chavis, national education coordinator for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, for more information.

Other lesson plans developed for this Web site are available in the Education Section.