Ocean Discoveries

The ocean covers more than half of our planet, yet we have only explored 5% of it. Much of our curiosity about the ocean stems from our use of it; the fish and seafood we harvest, the medicines we discover and the energy resources we harness. But the ocean is also an important barometer for the health and wellbeing of our planet.

Appropriate grade range: 9-12

Learning Goals

  • Interpret why investigating the ocean is vital to understanding how our planet is changing, discovering alternative energy sources and medical breakthroughs, identifying sustainable food options and harvest techniques, and is necessary to satisfy our general curiosity about the ocean and life under the waves.
  • Compare and contrast the many different ways to observe and study the ocean.
  • Investigate the variety of career opportunities in marine science.


  1. Why Study the Ocean?
  2. Exploring the Ocean

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS