Expedition Education Modules 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 NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Windows to the Deep 2019: Exploration of the Deep-sea Habitats of the Southeastern United States expedition offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate deepwater habitats, interesting geological features, and archaeology in the south Atlantic. You might choose to 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 to learn more about the explorers themselves so your students more fully understand what skills and expertise are required to support careers in ocean exploration. You just might need a short video or images to complete your lesson unit on a particular topic. Whatever your NOAA deep-ocean exploration education needs, we hope that you will find them here.
Why explore the deepwater habitats off the southeastern U.S.?Learn more
Explore in real time with the science team!Learn more
These essays share more detail and science behind exploring this region.Learn more
The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) aims to provide teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America's classrooms. See below for links to ONMS resources and resources associated with this expedition near the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
The Outer Banks is one of the most unique places in the world, containing some of the most dramatic barrier islands and most dangerous shoals and currents on earth. The area is often referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic because these waters have entombed thousands of vessels and countless mariners who lost a desperate struggle against the forces of war, piracy and nature. The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the longest and most decisive campaigns of World War II and the Outer Banks is where the war came home to continental U.S. This expedition will assist the Sanctuary in further mapping these historic wrecks.
Access educational materials for educators and students focused on national marine sanctuaries, as well as games and activities, scholarship information, images and videos, and more.
Meet the expedition science team and learn more about careers in ocean exploration.Learn more
Classroom lessons and learning tools relevant to the expedition can be found within the Multimedia Theme Pages below. Although some of these resources may have been developed for past expeditions conducted in other regions of the world ocean, content is applicable to the current expedition.
Additionally, visit the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection for a collection of lessons developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and specifically why and how we explore the ocean (Grades 5-12). Several of these lessons are also provided in Spanish.
These Education Theme Pages are designed to provide the best of what the Ocean Explorer website has to offer to support your classroom during this expedition. Each Theme page provides links to content essays, lessons, multimedia interactive activities, career information, and associated past expeditions.
Ocean Today is an exciting, multimedia kiosk in public aquariums that features videos on all aspects of the ocean realm — exploration and discoveries, marine life, and science. Here we feature Ocean Today videos that support teaching and learning related to the current ocean expedition.Learn more
The following expeditions cover topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition. The 2015 - 2018 expedition web pages have an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.Learn more