PS3: Energy

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Chemistry of Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is the superpower that some animals can make their own light using chemical reactions. Explore the concepts in a glowstick lab and learn more about the STEM career of an Environmental Chemist - a specialist who sees reactions in the real-world.

Data-Driven Activity:

Graphing Ocean Motion

Our mission to explore the ocean sends the ship and team into the open ocean to work in various sea conditions and wave heights. E/V Nautilus rocks and rolls out on the ocean’s waves. Explore this real data set from the ship’s sensors to plot the motion of pitch, roll, and heave.

Design Challenge:

Ocean Motion & the Attitude Sensor Project

How E/V Nautilus responds to open ocean waves and its orientation called the ship’s attitude. Sensors on the ship work to collect the variables of heave (up and down motion), pitch (front to back seesaw motion), and roll (side to side motion) of the vessel.

In this project, learn to build a Raspberry Pi©-powered sensor to collect pitch and roll data of your platform, just like the attitude sensor on Nautilus!


STEM Learning Module:

Work It With Circuits

Use this as an introduction to the Sensor Technology Series or a stand-alone basic electricity lesson. Students will examine how electricity flows using conductive and resistive materials to build a basic circuit, drawing diagrams, and using models to explain what makes an electric circuit complete. For an extra challenge, students can design series and parallel circuits and define the differences.

Design Challenge:

Build A Conductivity Tester

Use household supplies to create a tool to test the conductivity of different materials. Explore how electrically conductive or insulative different materials are using your tester. 

STEM Learning Module:

Rubberband Thrusters

Propeller-driven thrusters maneuver ROV Hercules above the seafloor. Students will design rubberband-powered thrusters to race as fast as possible along a zipline track. Documenting and comparing designs challenges groups to identify the most successful solutions. Use this module as an inquiry-driven introduction to forces and motion or to the engineering design process. The module includes animations of ROV thrusters and a basic construction timelapse video for educators or younger students.