A Day in the Life of an Ocean Explorer

What's life like aboard an ocean exploration vessel? Junior oceanographers examine the important role of communication in ocean research in lesson two of a five-part series from NOAA. The materials introduce the class to life on board the Okeanos Explorer, illustrate current communication technology between the deep sea and the ship above, and teach the properties of waves that make them useful for transmitting information.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pull out the included vocabulary list and assign the terms as homework
  • Use the extensions to provide more detail on current exploration missions
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson requires a length of brightly colored rope for a demonstration
  • Place pupils in groups of two to four, depending upon class size
Pros

  • The teacher's guide includes printable materials, video links, and modifications to tailor the lesson to different age groups
  • Content offers an honest look at the day-to-day life of an ocean explorer, with a focus on current technology
Cons

  • None