Welcome to the Teachers' Corner!
Teachers can use the Focus site for lesson planning, fact-checking,
explaining difficult concepts, or linking to other resources. We provide
links to educational resources such as lesson plans, activities, and teacher-training
opportunities. We link only to reputable, federally-recognized organizations,
research and educational institutions, and government sites. Our goal
is provide you with a reliable source of basic scientific information,
as well as some current research.
The site has been designed with the National Science Education Standards
in mind, and consists of two main interdisciplinary modules: Oceanography
and Space Sciences. A special module, Blow the Ballast!, focuses on the
history of submarines and exploration of the sea.
You can fit Focus into your lesson plans when addressing the following
Earth and Space Science
- Properties of earth materials: Earth materials are solid rocks and
soils, water and the gases of the atmosphere. Oceanography-Ocean
- Objects in the sky: The Sun, Moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes
all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and
described. The Sun provides the light and heat necessary to maintain
the temperature of the Earth. Space Sciences-Observing the Sky,
Navy & Satellites, Solar System
- Changes in Earth and sky: Objects in the sky have patterns of movement.
Space Sciences-Observing the Sky, Solar System
- Properties of objects and materials
- Position and motion of objects. Space Sciences-Observing the Sky
- Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism. Space Sciences-Observing
the Sky, Solar System
- Organisms and environments: Humans depend on their natural and constructed
environments. Oceanography; Blow the Ballast!-People Under the Sea
- Life cycles of organisms. Oceanography-Ocean Life
- Characteristics of organisms. Oceanography-Ocean Life
Earth and Space Science
- Structure of the Earth system. Space Sciences-Solar System
- Earth's history. Space Sciences-Solar System
- Earth in the solar system. Space Sciences-Solar System
- Properties and changes of properties in matter.
- Motions and forces. Oceanography-Ocean in Motion; Space Sciences-Navy
- Transfer of energy. Oceanography-Ocean in Motion; Space Sciences-Solar
Current news items on the latest scientific research are available on
the ONR Media
About the site and the Office of Naval Research
The web site is compliant with federal regulations outlined in Section
508, so that it is accessible to those with a variety of disabilities.
To address different learning styles, images and graphics are provided
where appropriate, and are supported by text descriptions.
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support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Founded in 1946, ONR today
funds work at more than 450 universities, laboratories, and other organizations.
ONR supports an amazing amount of research in areas such as oceanography,
advanced materials, sensors, robotics, biomedical science and technology,
electronics, surveillance, neurotechnology, manufacturing technology,
information science, advanced combat systems and other technologies for
ships, submarines, aircraft, and ground vehicles. ONR-sponsored science
has produced the laser, the Global Positioning System, and thousands of
other discoveries and products used every day around the world. More than
50 Nobel laureates have received ONR funding. You can learn more about
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