Activity or Mini-Lesson

Tools Of The Trade

ROVs on back deck
Ocean Exploration Trust

Introduce your students to ships of exploration and some of the technology at sea using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate). Using videos and various websites, students will look at the differences between Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomously Operated Vehicles. Extending this lesson, use every day items like scissors, toothpicks, and magnets, to design and build a model crane and pulley system like the one E/V Nautilus uses to launch ROV Hercules and ROV Argus for expeditions. 

Objectives & learning outcomes

Students will :

  • explore various tools utilized by ocean explorers to explore the ocean. 
  • understand the difference between remotely operated and autonomous technologies including their compared advantages
  • build a model to demonstrate how ROVs and AUVs operate and explore.

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Prep time and materials cost minimal, may require printing.



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