The NBL Pool

That is a lot of water. Class groups explore the size of the NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Pool and calculate the volume of water needed to fill it. They then compare that volume to the amount of water needed to fill a pool the size of a football field. The activity concludes as groups are asked to determine the amount of water displaced by various mock-ups used in the pool.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide a lesson on determining volumes of solid figures that are built from basic shapes
  • Review the process to convert units
Classroom Considerations

  • The class needs to know the dimensions of an NFL Football field
Pros

  • The activity comes in two forms: one that uses the TI-Nspire and one that does not
  • The solution key shows how pupils should work the problems
Cons

  • Figure Three does not show the comparison it claims to have
Common Core