Exploration Expenses

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Ocean Exploration Trust

Work in groups to take on the role of expedition planners for an E/V Nautilus expedition. Each student or team will choose one expedition card with a map and pertinent expedition budget factors. Use provided information to plan an efficient route and calculate expenses (multiplication, rates) according to their staffing and mission planning decisions.

Objectives & learning outcomes

Students will:

  • measure and calculate the distance between two points using a scale and basic units of conversion.
  • use provided equations to calculate various expedition costs.
  • calculate percentages within budget categories.
  • represent their budget in a graph and/or chart form.
  • gain a basic understanding of the roles of expedition team members.

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