Design Challenge:


Learners will discuss, research, design, build, and showcase a model ocean exploration device from LEGO bricks or other found materials. Work in teams to research the variety of ocean exploration devices including the tools on E/V Nautilus but don't forget the Build-A-Bot Inspiration Slidedeck for more ideas!  Brainstorm what type of tool learners want to make, what their device will do, and why there is a need for this tool. 

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Tools Of The Trade

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.