To Explore Strange New Worlds

It's time to boldly go where your class has not gone before! The introductory lesson in a five-part series takes young oceanographers aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos to begin a study of ocean exploration. The lesson includes a comparison of the expedition to that of Lewis and Clark, a look at ocean exploration techniques, and an activity that uses fractals to simulate deep ocean habitats.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Extend learning by studying the HMS Challenger and the discoveries its crew made
  • Have the class brainstorm other situations in science where fractal geometry could help explain phenomena
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be in groups of two to four, depending upon class size
  • Use the included modifications to tailor the lesson to fifth grade, middle school, or high school classes
Pros

  • Presents content in an exciting manner with vivid images and compelling stories
  • Lesson incorporates engineering, science, and creative thought to give a well-rounded picture of the exploration crew
Cons

  • None