NOAA Educator Workshop

Suggested for science educators grades 5 through 12.

May 6, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER facilitators to learn Why We Explore (Volume 1) and How We Explore (Volume 2) the deep ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the advanced technological capabilities of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used to explore the deep ocean. This 7-hour professional development will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and online resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Ocean health, sophisticated underwater mapping technologies, unique deep-sea ecosystems, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence are just a few of the topics covered.

Clock Hours: Illinois teachers registered for this program will receive 7 Clock Hours upon completion as well as a letter that can be shared with your school administration.

Space is limited. Participants receive the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Curriculum Collection, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation and other materials related to the presentations. Participants who complete the full day receive a $75 stipend.


$20 deposit is required at registration. Deposit will be refunded at the completion of the workshop.

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Program Outcomes

Every Shedd program is evaluated so we never stop learning from you. Here’s what we’ve learned from our participants about NOAA:  

• The workshop helps teachers understand how to use a new curriculum and access multiple resources to enhance the integration of ocean exploration topics into their classroom.

• Workshop participants increase their understanding of the value of exploring the ocean, as well as confidence in their ability to teach ocean science.