NOAA Explorer Education Materials Collection

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research announces the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection. The Education Vision for the Okeanos Explorer is that this is the ship upon which learners of all ages embark together on scientific voyages of exploration to poorly-known or unexplored areas of the global ocean. Learners will participate in innovative ways as ocean explorers in breakthrough discoveries leading to increased scientific understanding and enhanced literacy about our ocean world.

To help fulfill this vision, the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection is being developed to encourage educators, students, and citizen scientists to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration. Lesson plans in the Collection will focus on three themes: “Why Do We Explore?” (reasons for ocean exploration); “How Do We Explore?” (exploration methods); and “What Do We Expect to Find?” (recent discoveries that give us clues about what we may find in Earth’s largely unknown ocean).

For each of these themes, a Leader’s Guide for Classroom Explorers provides background information, links to resources, and an overview of recommended lesson plans. An Initial Inquiry Lesson for each of the three themes leads student inquiries into key topics and a series of lessons for each theme guide student investigations that explore these topics in greater depth.

The first of these three themes, Why Do We Explore?, is now available on the NOAA Ocean Exploration Web site at: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/edu/welcome.html

Lessons for this theme guide classroom inquiries into key topics of Ocean Exploration: Climate Change, Energy, Human Health, and Ocean Health. Please note that while each Okeanos Explorer lesson is targeted toward a specific grade level, most can be adapted for use in other grades as well.

This information was also provided in an online course setting in partnership with the College of Exploration. To access the archives of this Why Do We Explore? online educator professional development, please login at: www.coexploration.org/oe/.

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