Expedition Education Module

Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to reach out in new ways to educators, 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 Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss 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 -submarine canyons of the U.S. mid-Atlantic continental slope.

Dr. Steve Ross and Dr. Sandra Brooke discuss the nature of their work and how it is used to protect the ocean ecosystem. View the full OceanAGE Career interviews with Dr. Ross and Dr. Brooke. Note that Dr. Brooke has transitioned jobs since the original interview filming.

Click here to view the video transcript.

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This EEM contains the following components:

Diamond Icon Expedition Purpose
Diamond Icon Lesson Plans
Diamond Icon Multimedia Discovery Mission
Diamond Icon OceanAGE Career Connections
Diamond Icon Other Resources and Links
Diamond Icon Contact


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 lesson plans for students in grades 5-12 has been specifically designed for this expedition. These lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards exit icon and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts exit icon. You will also find links to other lesson plans residing on the Ocean Explorer website that have been developed for previous NOAA expeditions, and have content that relates to the Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss expedition.


Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3, 5, 6, and 8 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Corals, Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life, Deep-Sea Benthos, and Ocean Currents.


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.

Diamond Icon Fish Ecologist
Diamond Icon Oceanographer
Diamond Icon Deep-sea Biologist
Diamond Icon Marine Ecologist
Diamond Icon Director of Coral Conservation
Diamond Icon Research Professor


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/information-management/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
Marine Biologist/Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

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