NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Professional Development Workshops 2015


All life on Earth relies on the ocean— yet, the ocean is 95 percent unexplored, unknown and unseen by human eyes…

An essential component of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and to build interest in careers that support ocean-related work. To help fulfill this mission, the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become engaged in real-time and near real-time with the voyages and discoveries of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer—America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration.

NOAA OER offers one-day onsite professional development workshops geared for educators in grades 5-12.  These workshops are largely hands-on, and guide participants in the use of standards-based lessons and other online resources. Lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.

In Part 1: Why Do We Explore? educators will be introduced to modern reasons for ocean exploration, including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. 

In Part 2: How Do We Explore? introduces participants to the strategy and technologies used in ocean exploration including bathymetric mapping, water column exploration, remotely operated vehicles, and telepresence communication technology.

Educators receive hard copies of the materials collections, other classroom resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast, and lunch.

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For more information, contact Melissa Ryan, Professional Development Specialist, NOAA OER at