OE Education

This expedition education module focuses on the Thunder Bay Sinkholes 2008 Expedition.

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 Thunder Bay Sinkholes 2008 Expedition offers a unique opportunity to engage explorers of all ages as we continue our journeys to parts of our planet that few have seen - submerged groundwater vent ecosystems of the Great Lakes.

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 exit icon External Link. 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 Thunder Bay Sinkholes Expedition.

Multimedia Learning Objects
Click on the links to Lesson 5 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on 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 Thunder Bay Sinkholes Expedition.

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



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.