Why Do We Explore?
Date: 11/16/13 8:30 AM - 11/16/13 4:00 PM
Location: South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, SC

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

From seamounts of the western Pacific to tubeworms and methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico and deepwater canyons of the Atlantic, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is making waves in ocean science exploration. The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection is designed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration. This workshop introduces Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore?, guiding educators through lessons focused on modern reasons for ocean exploration, including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. All lessons are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. This is the first of a two-part workshop series. The second will be offered in the spring, targeting ocean exploration strategies and state-of-the-art technologies. Educators who attend both full day workshops will receive a $100 stipend. Each participant will receive Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, Why Do We Explore?, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Brochure (PDF, 151 KB)

Please register by October 25, or call to see if space is available. To register: email Jaime Thom at or call Jaime at (843) 579-8562.

Presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (ocean in partnership with and hosted by South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, SC.

Contact Name: Jaime Thom
Contact Phone: (843) 579-8562
Contact Email:

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