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Major disasters such as the tsunami of 2004 and hurricanes of 2005 have emphasized the need for an organized global network of ocean observing systems. As a result, Observing System Education has been identified as one of three National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) education priority areas. Data captured in real-time, especially ocean data, serve as an excellent vehicle for interdisciplinary, inquiry-based education. This article discusses the importance of ocean observation in the classroom and presents activities from The Bridge Ocean Sciences Resource Center, an online resource center funded by NOAA and the National Sea Grant Program. This site facilitates incorporation of ocean observing data into the K-14 classroom and helps build direct connections between ocean sciences and students.