Lesson 2

Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles

Into the Deep / Grade 3 / Naples, FL

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles Lesson 2

Students think like ocean engineers as they use sounding technologies to generate data about a model of the ocean floor.

Reflection Questions

How do you see Glen handling the fact that the sounding pole data his students are collecting is not what he expected?

Glen accepts the answers that his students are getting, despite the fact that the data is not showing where all the underwater items are located. He then uses the data to prompt a discussion about how the sounding pole technology could be improved.

  • Glen acknowledges the repetition in the sounding pole data and reminds his students that their findings are telling them something about the bottom of the ocean that they’ll interpret later. (03:58)
  • Glen shows the inside of the model ocean to his students and facilitates a conversation about how the sounding pole technology can be improved. (6:21)
  • In his interview, Glen addresses the problems his students encountered with the sounding pole technology and the potential they found for improvement. (8:34)

How does Glen keep his students engaged in the classroom experience and involved with whole-group discussion?

Glen uses interactive facilitation strategies and audiovisual learning tools to keep his students engaged and on track.

  • Glen has his students repeat after him in unison, “depth data grid.” (2:20)
  • Instead of instructing his students in how to color the depth data grid, Glen asks them what they would do as group. (2:56)
  • Glen plays an audio track of a sonar beeping and uses a flashlight to demonstrate how much of the ocean has yet to be studied. (8:03)