Bathymetry: Mapping Mystery Bay

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Topographic maps show elevation on the ground level while bathymetry maps show the depth of features below sea level. Young scientists use simple tools to measure the hidden surface inside a box. This data helps them draw their own bathymetry maps.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Reverse the activity - give pupils a shoe box, play dough, and a bathymetric map and have them create the surface based on the map
Classroom Considerations

  • Remind scholars of the safety rules when using sharp objects before passing out the skewers
  • Relies on prior knowledge of coordinate systems and grids
Pros

  • Required materials are reusable—great for the budget conscious!
  • Appropriate and challenging for a wide range of ages and grades
Cons

  • None