This exciting new 3-hour program takes place at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant and is suitable for students from grades 5-12. It is recommended for groups of up to 20 students and provides an introduction to underwater exploration using remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs). The program is divided into three parts: introduction and hands-on activities, building and testing ROVs of students’ designs, and operating an ROV in an exhibit tank to observe resident sea life.
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Through discussion and instruction, NJSGC and Aquarium instructors will cover the following key concepts during the introduction and activities:
- Why we explore the ocean
- History of ocean exploration
- Various technologies used
- Formulating design of an ROV
Students will participate in the following activities while building, testing and operating ROVs:
- Identifying a challenge (i.e., how to build an underwater vehicle to meet certain criteria)
- Exploring materials used to construct ROVs
- Creating ROVs of their own design
- Testing their ROV design
- Improving and modifying their ROV designs
Students will be able to operate a pre-built ROV in one of the aquarium’s exhibit tanks as they:
- Generate data to analyze species diversity
- Evaluate the “health” of the tank’s coral community
- Gain experience in using ROVs in real-world situations
This program supports New Jersey Student Learning Standards 3-5-ETS1, MS-ETS1 and HS-ETS1.
Cost is $500 for up to 20 students, each additional student $20, 24 students maximum. Available dates for programs are limited. For further information, contact Diana Burich at 732-872-1300, extension 16.