Project NOPP Drifters

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

This site allows teachers to use data from ocean drifting buoys to integrate ocean science into their classroom science and math instruction. It offers educational activities and curriculum materials developed and tested by teachers. Lesson plans on currents, moving water, building and tracking drifters are also available. Alternatively, educators may opt to use only the data, background information and reference images. Data are collected by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP).

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Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Physical
Resource Type: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Tools, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Lab Activity, Problem Set, Classroom Activity
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Special Interest: Real-Time Data, Visualization
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data
Data Source: Real-Time Data, Observational Data
Science Background Required: Broadly accessible
Topics: Ocean:Physical Oceanography, Ocean
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography