2013 ROV Shakedown

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Shakedown: Expedition Education Module

Dave Lovalvo, project manager for NOAA OER’s Deep Submergence Group gives a tour of the new 6000m rated ROV system his team has built and will be testing during the 2013 field season.

This video was created by Tara Smithee, a young oceanographer and videographer from the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. Tara’s work is one of the many testaments to the commitment that NOAA OER has and continues to make to train young engineers, scientists and filmmakers in the business of supporting Ocean Exploration.

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OE Education

Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to reach out in new ways to teachers, students, and the general public, and share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with the people around the world. The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 ROV Shakedown expedition offers a unique opportunity to engage explorers of all ages as we continue our journeys to parts of our ocean planet that few have ever seen.

This EEM contains the following components:

Diamond Icon Expedition Purpose
Diamond Icon Introductory Content for Lessons Plans
Diamond Icon Lesson Plans
Diamond Icon NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection
Diamond Icon OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections
Diamond Icon Related Expeditions
Diamond Icon Okeanos Atlas


Expedition Purpose

A summary of why scientists and educators are interested in exploring this area and what we might learn from our efforts in this region as we strive to further understand the 95% of our planet that is virtually unexplored.

 

Introductory Content for Lessons Plans

Introduction to Underwater Robots (PDF, 242 kb)

Video Introduction to Underwater Robots

More about Remotely Operated Vehicles

 

Lesson Plans

Educators and scientists working with NOAA developed a series of lesson plans for students in Grades 5 - 12 that are specifically tied to the remotely operated vehicle being used on this expedition.

Exploring LIVE with the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (PDF, 179 kb)
Grade Level: 5-12 (Physical Science/Earth Science)
Focus: How students can become active ocean explorers while viewing live video feeds during Okeanos Explorer expeditions
Students learn how to access the Ocean Explorer website and access a live video feed of an Okeanos Explorer expedition; explore along with the ocean science community via live feeds during Okeanos Explorer expeditions; and learn how to track an expedition using the Okeanos Atlas.


Invent a Robot! (Grades 5-6) (PDF, 627 KB)
(Physical Science/Technology)
Focus: Engineering Design
Students explain how underwater robots are used in scientific exploration to gather data and help answer questions about the natural world; and design and optimize potential solutions for an ocean exploration problem.

What Little Herc Saw (Grades 7-8) (PDF, 969 KB)
(Physical Science/Technology)
Focus: Use of robotics for ocean exploration
Students explain how robotic vehicle technology is used to extend the exploration capacity of scientific investigations aboard the Okeanos Explorer; discuss how information from underwater robots about the variety of biological and geological conditions in marine ecosystems is relevant to the concept of biodiversity; and analyze and interpret video data from the Okeanos Explorer’s underwater robot to make inferences about environmental interactions of organisms in deep-sea ecosystems.

Through Robot Eyes (Grades 9-12) (PDF, 832 KB)
(Physical Science/Technology)
Focus: Image analysis
Students explain how robotic vehicle technology is used to extend the exploration capacity of scientific investigations aboard the Okeanos Explorer; use mathematics and computational thinking to show how lasers may be used in scientific investigations to calibrate images for size and distance measurements; and analyze and interpret video data from the Okeanos Explorer’s underwater robot to make inferences about environmental interactions of organisms in deep-sea ecosystems.

All lesson plans are correlated to:
A Framework for K-12 Science Education External Link(in preparation for the Next Generation Science Standards External Link);

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts External Link; and

Common Core State Standards External Linkfor English Language Arts and Mathematics where appropriate.

Standards Correlation Matrix: this matrix connects lessons to associated standards. Within the matrix Invent a Robot is Lesson 9, What Little Herc Saw is Lesson 10, and Through Robot Eyes is Lesson 11.

 

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of America’s first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration. The collection is presented in two volumes: Volume 1: Why Do We Explore? (modern reasons for ocean exploration) and Volume 2: How Do We Explore? (exploration methods and associated technologies).


OceanAGE Ocean Career Connections

To see archived video highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard the ship during this expedition, click on the OceanAGE Careers page.

You can also meet the explorers from past canyon expeditions here.


Related Expeditions

Deepwater Canyons 2013: Pathways to the Abyss

Deepwater Canyons 2012:  Pathways to the Abyss

Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012

Okeanos Atlas

Follow the movements of the Okeanos Explorer at any given time via the Okeanos Atlas, and access current information about discoveries and scientific data collected by the ship.

 

For More Information

Contact:
Paula Keener
Director, Education Programs
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
Other lesson plans developed for this website are available in the Education Section.