National Week of the Ocean

National Week of the Ocean, April 1-7, is a week focusing on humanity’s interdependence with the ocean, asking each of us to appreciate, protect and make wise use of the ocean. It encompasses a multitude of topics from the arts to commerce, from history to foods, from endangered sea creatures to issues such as offshore drilling or ocean dumping.

Click here for a FREE Marine Science curriculum! Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. Scroll down to view and download the “Marine Science” units on their Science page.

Students can explore the ocean with the fun and educational links below:

What is Oceanography?  – Oceanography is the science of understanding the oceans, how they work, how they came into existence, how they affect our daily lives, the creatures that live in them, and how they may be impacted by changes caused by human influences. Includes information about current and future research in the ocean sciences disciplines, for older students from the National Science Foundation.

Oceanography – ONR – This site is packed with exciting ocean facts and information from the Office of Naval Research.

Ocean Planet – Based on a Smithsonian traveling exhibition from April 1995 to April 1996, this online companion contains all of the text and educational materials associated with Ocean Planet. NOTE: The content reflects the state of knowledge at the time of the exhibition, and has not been updated.

JASON Project – JASON is a nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc. and the National Geographic Society. It was founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, the professor of oceanography most noted for his work in underwater archeology – he’s the ocean explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic. The JASON Project has always embraced technology to promote education through exploration. JASON’s exciting computer games place students in real-life situations in which they use actual scientific data to learn complex ideas and relationships. JASON online games and digital labs are available for free! Create a free account in the JASON Mission Center to play the following:

Operation: Resilient Planet – Students get to use an ROV to visit the Gulf of Mexico and the ocean surrounding the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, where they can see some of the most unique underwater ecosystems on the planet. The game focuses on four endangered species and the importance of biodiversity.

Nautilus Commander – Do you have what it takes to become the Commander of the Nautilus? Join Doctor Katy Croff Bell and travel around the world to explore some of the most exciting places in the ocean. From discovering what organisms colonize a whale fall to exploring brine seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, you can apply your knowledge of forces and motion to navigate various sea vessels (ships or ROVs) in order to complete your objectives. Use deep sea technology to see what lies at the depths of the ocean, all over the world! Learn cool facts about the deep oceans as you accomplish each expedition!

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