OE Education

This expedition education module focuses on the Lophelia II 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEMRE.

Lophelia II 2010: Cold Seeps and Deep Reefs
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 Lophelia II 2010: Cold Seeps and Deep Reefs 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— natural and artificial hard bottom habitats deep in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 Lophelia II 2010: Cold Seeps and Deep Reefs expedition.


Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3, 5, 6, and 12 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Corals, Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life, Deep-Sea Benthos, and Medicine from the Sea.


OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
To see archived video and online Web chats between students and scientists highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard ship during this expedition, click on the links below.

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Online Professional Development
Simultaneously with the Lophelia II 2010: Cold Seeps and Deep Reefs expedition, NOAA’s Office of Exploration and Research is collaborating with the College of Exploration to present an online professional development offering titled, Lesson from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems. For more information about this offering, which includes an Educators’ Guide and sixteen lessons click here.

Digital Atlas
The Digital Atlas, from NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center, provides a central point of access to ocean exploration data collections. Using an easy-to-navigate Google Map to display expedition locations, the Digital Atlas leads users to expedition-specific collections of data, information, and outreach materials. For more information about the Digital Atlas, visit http://explore.noaa.gov/digital-atlas. To launch the Digital Atlas, open http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/website/google_maps/OE/mapsOE.htm.

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

For More Information

Paula Keener
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

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