You can use Dive and Discover as a resource for:
- Extensions of existing lessons
- Homework assignments
- An introduction to a science unit
- A class project
- One lesson
- Multiple lessons during science unit
With Dive and Discover, your students are at the frontline of
scientific inquiry as they join scientists—geologists, chemists and biologists—who
are exploring the seafloor and making amazing new deep-sea discoveries.
Daily updates, photos, videos and email correspondence with scientists
from these research vessels allow your students to follow the progress
of the scientific missions and find out about life on the floating
laboratories at sea.
Strategies for Incorporating Dive and Discover in the
With the aid of educators involved in previous Dive and Discover
expeditions, we have created a list of suggested strategies for
use in the classroom. It's up to you to determine which strategies
best fit your curriculum and identifies with your students' needs!
Hands-On Exploration - Classroom Activities
- Provide deeper understanding of processes
and technologies used during scientific research. [see Activities from Expedition 12 for example]
- Provide real world connections to
experiments performed by scientists on the expeditions.
Data Collection and Analysis
- Introduce students to some of the
latest methods of data collection.
- Examine the procedures used in analyzing
- Explore the "why" and "how" scientists
develop scientific research models.
- Allow students to experience the processes
of questioning and hypothesizing.
- Communicate with and question the
scientists as they are making discoveries. [See Mail
Buoy from Expedition 13 for example]
Visit Deeper Discovery's Oceanographic Tools »
- Experience the latest research tools and cutting edge technology
used by researchers.
- Observe the tools and instruments
in action as researchers gather data and explore the ocean
- Uncover the science and engineering
used to develop new research equipment.
- Utilize Dive and Discover web site
as a resource and technology tool
- Experience the challenges encountered
during scientific investigations and how scientists must redirect
and develop new procedures to continue research.
Ideas for Classroom Use
- Use Dive and Discover research findings as topics for
- Create a worksheet of "daily
questions" that requires students to search the web site
and review research updates.
- Create a time line of oceanographic
- Have students to create a journal
or log that summarizes research and technologies used each
- Divide the class into groups and have
each follow specific aspects of the cruise—vent life research,
submersible dives, lava flow, plate tectonics, etc. and have
each generate reports for the class.
Check the web site daily or once a week and have students:
- Create a log that lists the day's
scientific findings and equipment used for the day's research.
- Summarize updates from each day in
a Dive and Discover journal.
- List and define vocabulary terms.
- Assign students to daily updates and
require a 3-5 minute oral report to the rest of the class.
- Have students make a 3-D model of
a hydrothermal vent, using modeling clay or some other medium,
and label the parts.