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Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with teachers, students, and the general public. To enable educators to design their own instructional strategies for classrooms around particular expeditions as they are happening, we have compiled within this EEM lessons, multimedia tools, and a wealth of other resources developed just for educators to assist in bringing deep-sea exploration and discoveries into the classroom.

You might choose to dive deeply into the Expedition Purpose and learn more about why NOAA and its partners are exploring a particular area, what unique technologies are being used and what explorers are hoping to find. You might also be looking for ocean explorers to help your students more fully understand what skills and expertise are required for the science team on a certain expedition. You just might need a short video clip or images to complete your lesson unit on a particular topic related to the expedition that you are following. Whatever your NOAA deep-ocean exploration education needs are, we hope that you will find them all met here in the Expedition Education Module.

The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015 Expedition from Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate mesophotic coral ecosystems 30 meters to more than 100 meters below the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

Expedition Focus: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems - A Five-year Study

The links below include an Expedition Purpose written for educators that summarizes why scientists and educators are interested in exploring this area, a link to specific lessons written for this five-year study in 2013 and links to the 2013 and 2014 Pulley Ridge Expedition Education Module (EEM). Within the 2013 EEM, in addition to lessons, educators will find a video introduction to the science behind this five-year study, several standards-based lessons associated with mesophotic coral habitats, links to related expeditions, and links to interviews and videos highlighting some of the careers associated with the science of this expedition. Additionally, below is a Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems theme page which includes essays on mesophotic coral ecosystems, additional lessons, links to coral videos and images, and much more.


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. 2013 Pulley Ridge EEM:
View the education lessons and associated resources prepared for the 2013 Pulley Ridge expedition.




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