Gulf of Mexico 2017

Expedition Education Module

Expedition Education Modules are designed to assist educators with bringing expeditions and discoveries of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer into classrooms using live and recorded video and imagery from the remotely operated vehicle, Deep Discoverer. To support use of live and recorded video and enable educators to design their own instructional strategies for classrooms around particular expeditions, lessons, multimedia tools, and a wealth of other resources have been developed to convey the deep-sea exploration strategies and discoveries at locations all over the world.

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 are, we hope that you will find them all met here in the Expedition Education Module.


Why are scientists exploring the Gulf of Mexico?

Expedition Purpose

Why Are Scientists Exploring the Gulf of Mexico?

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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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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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Education Resources: National Marine Sanctuaries

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 Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Education at the National Marine Sanctuaries

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.

For Teachers

Bring ocean learning to life in your classroom through curriculum, lessons, activities, posters and more, all focused on Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. From science and math to geography and art, you’ll find something here for every age level.



Who Is Exploring?

Meet the expedition science team and learn more about careers in ocean exploration.

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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.


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

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Related Expeditions

The following expeditions cover topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition. The 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.

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