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Mountains in the Sea: Designing Tools for Ocean Exploration
This activity will help students understand the complexity of ocean exploration. They will understand the technological applications and capabilities required for ocean exploration and the importance of teamwork in scientific research projects. Students will also develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry as they work together to fashion research equipment from common materials. In addition to being tied to the National Science Education Standards, the hands-on, inquiry-based activities includes focus questions, background information for teachers, links to interesting websites, and extensions.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-501
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Ocean Explorer'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration