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 NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 Ship Shakedown expedition offers a unique opportunity to engage explorers of all ages as we begin a new field season of journeys to parts of our ocean planet that few have seen – the submarine canyons and seamounts in the Western North Atlantic Ocean.
This exploration is the first of the 2013 field season for NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The primary objective of this shakedown cruise is to operationally test the vessel, its systems, and all mission equipment. Another goal of this mission is to complete the comprehensive mapping of Northeast canyons and the adjacent continental shelf.
Educators and scientists working with NOAA developed a series of lesson plans for students in Grades 5 - 12 that are specifically tied to the mapping technology being used on this expedition.View lessons
The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of the vessel.
The Multimedia Discovery Missions are a series of interactive multimedia presentations and learning activities that address topics, including plate tectonics, subduction zones, and seamounts.
To see archived video highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard the ship during this expedition, click on the OceanAGE Careers page.
You can also meet the explorers from past canyon expeditions here and read the article “Ocean Floor Mapping from the Perspective of an Intern and an Interview with a Marine Ecologist.”
The following expeditions cover topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition. These expedition web pages have an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.