Mission Plan
Mission Plan



Eye in the Sea

Dark Hilltop Gardens
Dark Hilltop Gardens

Low Light Imaging & Vision
Low Light Imaging & Vision


OE Education

These lesson plans focus on the cutting-edge ocean exploration using state-of-the-art technologies and include topics such as light, color, and camouflage in the deep ocean; polarization vision; and vision in crustaceans.

Expedition Education Module

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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 Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor 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 bioluminescent benthic environments of the deep ocean.

This EEM contains the following components:

Expedition Purpose
A summary of why scientists and educators are interested in exploring these environments and what we might learn from our efforts 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 Bioluminescence 2009 Expedition.

Multimedia Discovery Mission
Click on the link to Lesson 6 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Benthos.

OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
Archived video and online Web chats between students and scientists, highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard ship during the Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition.

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

For More Information
Paula Keener-Chavis

Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

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