Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Expedition Education Module

Andrea Quattrini, marine biologist and co-science team lead for Leg 1 talks about telepresence and the 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.
Video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

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As "America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration," the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer’s sole assignment is to systematically explore Earth’s largely unknown ocean. A major task for this mission is to reach out to teachers, students, and the general public so that they may become engaged with expeditions dedicated to purposes of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. Okeanos Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEMs) are designed to help accomplish this task. The Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate the unknown and poorly-known submarine canyons and seamounts along New England’s continental slope. 

This EEM contains the following components:

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Diamond Icon Lesson Plans
Diamond Icon Multimedia Discovery Mission
Diamond Icon NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection
Diamond Icon Related Expeditions
Diamond Icon OceanAGE Career Connections
Diamond Icon Okeanos Atlas
Diamond Icon Other Resources and Links
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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
Educators and scientists working with NOAA developed lesson plans for students in Grades 5-12 that are specifically tied to the science and technology associated with this expedition. These lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations exit icon (and their associated Common Core State Standards Connections), and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts exit icon. You will also find links to other NOAA expeditions on the Ocean Explorer website that have content and lessons that relate to the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013.

Multimedia Discovery Missions
Click on the links to Lessons 3, 5, 6, 8 and 14 for interactive multimedia presentations and Learning Activities on Deep-Sea Corals, Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Life, Deep-Sea Benthos, Ocean Currents, and Seamounts.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of America’s first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration. The collection is presented in two volumes: Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? (modern reasons for ocean exploration) and Volume 2: How Do We Explore? (exploration methods and associated technologies).

Related Expeditions
Each of these expeditions covers topics similar to those of this expedition. Each expedition web page has an education component with associated lesson plans on topics including seamounts, canyons, deep-sea biological communities, and the technologies used to explore these areas.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: New England Seamount Chain Exploration 2013

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 ROV Shakedown and Field Trials in the U.S. Atlantic Canyons

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 Shakedown: Kicking the Tires

Deepwater Canyons 2013: Pathways to the Abyss

Deepwater Canyons 2012: Pathways to the Abyss

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Canyons Expedition 2012

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012

Mountains in the Sea 2004

Mountains in the Sea 2003

OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
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.

Okeanos Atlas
Follow the movements of the Okeanos Explorer at any given time via the Okeanos Atlas, and access current information about discoveries and scientific data collected by the ship.

This lesson introduces students to using the Okeanos Atlas:

Other Resources and Links
A list of other resources and links related to this expedition for you to explore.

For More Information
Paula Keener
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

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

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