Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, students will connect with scientists from the Nautilus Exploration Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to understand the effects of global climate change on our oceans.
Throughout the missions, students will track drifting buoys to gather ocean data and see how scientists use sophisticated computer-modeling systems to predict the effects of climate change, as well as make connections to understand how Earth’s ocean and climate are interrelated. In addition, students will get a behind the scenes look at the technology and equipment that is used in the crucial research taking place in this field while they investigate:
- Physical and chemical properties of water
- Features of the ocean floor
- Global winds and ocean currents
- Earth’s energy budget
- The greenhouse effect
- Climate and climate zones
- Natural and human causes of climate change
Appropriate Grade Levels:
Innovatively designed to be appropriate for upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Rigorously aligned to national and state science standards as well as mathematics, social studies, and English language arts standards, and national curriculum standards including NCTM, IB, and ISTE.