OE Education

This expedition education module focuses on the San Andreas Fault 2010 Expedition.

Cradle of the Earthquake: Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010

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 people around the world. The Cradle of the Earthquake: Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010 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 intersection of tectonic plates whose movements caused the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

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-based 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 Cradle of the Earthquake: Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010 expedition.

Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the link to Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Plate Tectonics, Mid-Ocean Ridges, Deep-Sea Corals, Subduction Zones, and Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life.

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.

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.