Deepwater Wonders of Wake: Exploring the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Expedition Education Module

Expedition Education Modules (EEMs) 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 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 Wake Island

The focus of the Deepwater Wonders of Wake expedition is to continue 2015 and 2016 work to acquire baseline information in deepwater areas in the Pacific. During this expedition, we will focus on the region surrounding Wake Island, a coral atoll located in the western Pacific Ocean, 2,416 kilometers east of Guam. This area is essentially completely unexplored, with no data previously collected below 200 meters, and our mission will reveal new information about the geology and biology in this virtually unknown region of our ocean planet.

We hope that you will use the education resources provided here, including the Exploring Live lesson (grades 5-12); two short videos highlighting recent explorations in the Pacific; OceanAGE career connections; and theme pages on Deep-sea Corals, Seamounts and Vents and Volcanoes, to get your students closer to the deep ocean than they have ever been before.

Expedition Purpose: Why Are Scientists Exploring the Areas In and Around Wake Island?

Expedition Purpose

Why Are Scientists Exploring the Areas In and Around Wake Island?

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2016 Deepwater Explorations of the Marianas and Wake Island webinar

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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 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).


Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons and learning tools relevant to the expedition are listed below by grade level. Although some of these resources may have been developed for past expeditions conducted in other regions of the world ocean, the Focus Questions and Student Learning Objectives are applicable to the current expedition.

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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. 2015-2017 expedition web pages have an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.


OceanAGE Careers

Ocean Careers to Inspire Another Generation of Explorers, or OceanAGE Careers, invites students to learn about the talented people who explore our ocean planet.


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

These videos support teaching and learning related to the current ocean expedition.