2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawai'i

Expedition Education Module

Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to assist educators with bringing expeditions and discoveries of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer into classrooms in real time using live video from the remotely operated vehicle, Deep Discoverer. To support use of the live video feeds and enable educators to design their own instructional strategies for classrooms around particular expeditions as they are happening, we have compiled within this EEM lesson plans, multimedia tools, and a wealth of other resources developed just for educators to convey the deep-sea exploration strategies and discoveries at locations all over the world.

You might choose to dive deeply into the Expedition Purpose and learn more about why NOAA and its partners are exploring a particular deep-ocean area, what advanced technologies are being used and what explorers are hoping to find. You might also be looking for ocean explorers to help your students more fully understand what skills and expertise are required for the Science Team on a certain expedition. You just might need a short video clip or images to complete your lesson unit on a particular topic related to the Okeanos Explorer expedition that you are following. Whatever your NOAA deep-ocean exploration education needs are, we hope that you will find them all met here in the Expedition Education Module. 


Expedition Focus: Exploring Ecosystems and Geological Features of the Deep-water Sanctuaries and Marine National Marine Monuments of the Pacific Ocean

The focus of the 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring the Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi expedition is to continue 2015 work to acquire baseline information in deep-water areas in and around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to support science and management needs for the marine national monuments and national marine sanctuaries found there, including information relevant to emerging regional issues like the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf and deep-sea mining.

We will be exploring several seamount groups, rift zone ridges, drowned reef terraces, pinnacles, deep-sea coral and sponge communities, manganese crust habitats, and cultural heritage sites. We hope that you will use the education resources provided here, including the Exploring Live lesson, to get your students closer to the deep ocean than they have ever been before.


NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection

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 Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of the vessel.


Classroom Lessons

Exploring LIVE with NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Grade Level: 5-12
Focus: How students can become active ocean explorers while viewing live video feeds during Okeanos Explorer expeditions (Physical Science/Earth Science)

Students learn how to access the Ocean Explorer website, access a live video feed of an Okeanos Explorer expedition and explore along with the ocean science community live during Okeanos Explorer expeditions.


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 expedition covers topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition and includes an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.


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.