Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin

Expedition Education Module

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 Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin expedition offers a unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to investigate the deep water habitats and interesting geological features of the south Atlantic. 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 We Exploring the Deep Water Habitats off the Southeastern U.S.?

Expedition Purpose

Why explore the deepwater habitats off the southeastern U.S.?

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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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Read short, informative content essays written by members of the expedition team that share more detail and science behind exploring this region of our ocean.

Content Essays

These essays share more detail and science behind exploring this region.

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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 Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Graveyard of the Atlantic – Shipwrecks of World War II

The Outer Banks is one of the most unique places in the world, containing some of the most dramatic barrier islands and most dangerous shoals and currents on earth. The area is often referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic because these waters have entombed thousands of vessels and countless mariners who lost a desperate struggle against the forces of war, piracy and nature. The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the longest and most decisive campaigns of World War II and the Outer Banks is where the war came home to continental U.S. This expedition will assist the Sanctuary in further mapping these historic wrecks.

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.


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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