Physical Oceanography and Meteorology, Navy Search and Rescue Operation

This Physical Oceanography and Meteorology, Navy Search and Rescue Operation activity & project also includes:

It's an ocean rescue mission! Groups must find a pilot downed off the coast of the Chesapeake Bay. Rescuers must determine the distance needed to travel as well as the heading to get to the pilot's last known position. Taking into account ocean currents drift, groups calculate the new heading needed to be able to rescue the downed pilot.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • In upper-level courses use vectors to represent the ship's and pilot's travel
  • Review scales and conversions as needed
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Google Earth
  • Acquire materials before starting the lesson
Pros

  • Presentation includes links to videos for further explanations and to provide engagement
  • The lesson provides questions for the class to answer in order to determine the tools and calculations needed
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS