In this lesson students will discover how a submersible's design enables humans to explore the deep ocean. As a result of doing this activity, students will understand that the physical features of water can be restrictive to movement. They will also understand the importance of design in underwater vehicles by designing their own submersible and how submersibles such as Alvin and the Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE) use energy, buoyancy, and gravity to enable them to move through the water. This hands-on activity uses online data resources and includes: focus questions, learning objectives, teaching time, audio/visual materials needed, background information, learning procedures, evaluations, extensions, as well as resources and student handouts.


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