Explore the ocean ecosystem and impacts we have on the health of Earth’s oceans.
Hawaiian monk seals have gone missing from their usual home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Commander of an undersea lab needs your students’ help to determine the cause. They’ll work with an expert at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to become aquanauts and learn about this endangered species and how humans affect their habitats.
As they work to find the answer, an emergency takes place putting the crew at risk. Your students must work as a team to ensure the safety of the crew.
Supplement your science unit with our interactive Aquatic Investigators simulation. Students are placed into teams to conduct research, collaborate to find solutions to urgent challenges, and experience real-world careers: chemist, ecologist, engineer, and marine biologist.
Then, integrate our engineering activity and nonfiction science writing exercise where it fits best to continue students’ understanding of the engineering design process and scientific communication.
While Aquatic Investigators primarily focuses on life science themes, it also integrates Earth science and engineering topics.
– Lauren Cook, Madison Schools (Virginia)
Understand the interconnectedness of the ocean ecosystem
Understand how outside forces impacting the health of the ocean
Solve problems using the engineering design process
Communicate scientific ideas through non-fiction writing
Enhance scientific vocabulary
Approximate program time: 1 hour
Pre- and post-lesson activities available
Closed captioning available
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned
Internet connection required
Device with audio/video capability required
No personal student data collected
Online teacher training available
Classroom Adventures was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.
Aquatic Investigators was developed with additional support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).