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SeaPerch Classroom Connection Ideas

The following are ideas for how teachers can integrate SeaPerch into their classrooms, assign activities that broaden the scope of the SeaPerch work and apply it to wider science and multidisciplinary curricula, and engage students and parents through this practical application of science and technology concepts.
  • Electrical circuitry
  • Standards: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of forces and motion (5th grade)
  • Use as Open House "hook" at the beginning of school to get parents and students into marine science. Benefits: Get free materials, tools, and engagement from students and parents.
  • Design project for physics class (becomes part of a project manual). Parents in plumbing, electricity, etc. recognize those careers.
  • Biology: "drugs from the sea" how the exploration is done.
  • Pre-engineering classes linked to other classes-build bridges between AP and non-advanced classes. Breaks down barriers between pre-college, vocational, gender and even ethnicity (hands-on).
  • Motivation and retention, pride, and incentive to learn applied math
  • Informal education in aquarium will deploy the ROV in the large tank. Mount camera to get the fish eye view for tourists, bait to catch "attack"/feeding behavior, collect sounds via a hydrophone attached.
  • Bring in history and literature and art -- multidisciplinary.
  • Spirit of SC tall ship: will use the ROV for checking the ship hull and engaging students.
  • Art: drafting, Leonardo da Vinci and his diving bell, CAD, technical drawings
  • Teacher Apprenticeship: High school students build and share with middle or elementary students.
  • Use as a project with science clubs (similar to Rocket Boys-NASA) to attract to ocean science careers.
  • NH teacher (8th grade) integrated with whole curriculum for a semester-design, poster, applications, language arts for proposals and story writing.
  • Funding: School small grants, Service Learning Grants, Lowes, Home Depot, Capt Planet, Tapestry, Local EMC electric coop, GAME, MAMEA, SCMEA, NMEA, NSTA.
  • Parents, administrators, local business-- provide funds.
  • Extra credit project - reaches special kids. Good for physical science. Differentiated instruction.
  • New way to deal with sensor calibration (SC).
  • Pre-research kids get science, but less with engineering.