Expedition Education Modules are designed to share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with educators, students, and the public around the world.
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2018 expedition offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate a wide range of habitats and interesting geological features ranging from brine pools to coral gardens and canyons. 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, we hope that you will find them here.
Why Are Scientists Exploring the Gulf of Mexico?Learn more
Explore in real time with the science team!Learn more
These essays share more detail and science behind exploring this region of our ocean.Learn more
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.View Lessons
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.
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.
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.
Meet the expedition science team and learn more about careers in ocean exploration.Learn more
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 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.Learn more
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.Learn more