Design Challenge

Seas of Green - Designing a Plankton

Ocean Exploration Trust

Objectives & learning outcomes

Students will

  • learn about plankton from reading, a teacher presentation, or personal research.
  • demonstrate knowledge examining a food web that relies on plankton.  
  • design plankton with structures to prevent it from sinking to stay in the sunlit prime-plankton habitat of the ocean surface. Construct a model of that plankton with provided supplies.
  • present their plankton design sharing key adaptations.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Grade level

Grade level

Time & materials

Time & materials
Scale: one of three
Prep time and materials cost minimal, may require printing.