Discovering Deep Sea Corals of the Phoenix Islands

Exploration for Educators

Exploration for Educators are designed to share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind major ocean exploration initiatives supported by NOAA with educators, students, and the public around the world.

The Discovering Deep-Sea Corals of the Phoenix Islands expedition aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute ’s (SOI’s) R/V Falkor  expands on a March 2017 exploration by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate this remote and virtually untouched area of the deep Pacific Ocean.

As an educator, you might choose to learn more about why NOAA and SOI 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 for various careers in ocean exploration. To support and enable educators in designing their own instructional strategies for classrooms around particular expeditions, live and recorded video, lessons, multimedia tools, and a wealth of other resources related to this expedition are compiled here.

Why Are We Exploring the Phoenix Island Marine Protected Area (PIPA)?

Expedition Purpose

Why Explore Phoenix Island Marine Protected Area (PIPA)?

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Explore in real time with the Science Team!

Exploring Live!

Explore in real time with the Science Team!

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2017 Expeditions to American Samoa and Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas

Webinar For Educators

A webinar for educators describing the expedition and associated education materials.

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 Classroom Lessons

Lessons and other tools that help bring expedition science into your classroom.

Classroom Lessons from the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Classroom Lessons from OER

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Classroom Lessons from Schmidt Ocean Institute.

Classroom Lessons from SOI

R/V Falkor-Inspired Lesson Plans

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 Multimedia Content Themes

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.


 Related Expeditions

The following expeditions cover topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition. The 2015 and 2016 expedition web pages have an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.


 Who Is Exploring?

Meet the Science Team and learn more about ocean exploration careers.

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 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

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