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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 educators, students, and the public around the world.

The Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate and better understand the geology and biological communities within marine canyons, as well as the tools and techniques used to explore them. You might choose to dive deeply into the Expedition Purpose and learn more about why NOAA and its partners are exploring this particular deep-ocean area, what advanced 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 expeditions. 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.

This collection includes an Expedition Purpose written for educators, standards-based lessons relevant to the technology being used during this expedition, and an OceanAGE career interview with expedition participant Liz Baird. Additionally, below you will find topical theme pages on Cold Seeps, Deep-sea Canyons, and Deep-sea Corals, each of which includes selections of essays from past expeditions, additional lessons, videos, career interviews, 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.
Lesson for grades 9-12 focusing on how engineers approach complex real-world problems by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable problems.


Meet Liz Baird, Director of Education at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, who works to give people fresh eyes to the world around them and to build excitement for science and nature.
From May 7-May 22, 2014, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducted a 16-day mapping expedition beginning in Tampa, Florida, and ending at the ship’s home port of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.


The Okeanos Explorer Exploration of the New England Seamounts 2014 offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate the unknown and poorly known areas off the Northeastern United States.



Education Theme Pages

Explore Cold Seeps essays Lessons Multimedia Oceanage Expeditions


Explore Deep-sea Canyons essays Lessons Multimedia Oceanage Expeditions


Explore Deep-sea Corals essays Lessons Multimedia Oceanage Expeditions


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