Expedition Education Resources

The NOAA Ocean Exploration Windows to the Deep 2021 expedition offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate the deepwater areas off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina along the U.S. East Coast, particularly the Blake Plateau. Here we will learn more about benthic fish habitats, deep-sea coral and sponge communities, and U.S. maritime heritage. Bring this science expedition alive for your students using the resources provided here!

Classroom Lessons/Activities

  • Grades 6-8
  • Simple Machines: Robot Building Blocks

    Students practice the engineering design process to develop a working manipulator arm for a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

  • Which Robot When

    Students learn about the variety of underwater robots that are used for ocean exploration and the technical capabilities that differentiate them from one another.

  • Grades 9-12
  • Watching in 3-D Activity Package

    Students learn how multibeam sonar is used to explore and study the shape and composition of the ocean floor and how to analyze and interpret maps of a variety of seafloor features using authentic multibeam sonar data and a free version of Fledermaus, a powerful 3D interactive mapping data visualization software used by ocean explorers. Hands-on activity: Manipulate and analyze seafloor features using authentic mapping software.

Topical Theme Pages

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 expedition features, lessons, multimedia, career information, and associated past expeditions.

Ocean Today Videos

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. Find out more at https://oceantoday.noaa.gov.

Here we feature Ocean Today videos that support teaching and learning related to the current ocean expedition.