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Plan a robotic underwater dive with the ROPOS

Subject MathScienceSocial StudiesGeography
Grade Level Grades 7-9


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Activity: ROPOS must dive

Description | 1 hour 30 mins

Media: The ROPOS (Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Sciences) makes a nighttime descent. Learn with scientists as they explore the seafloor via the underwater robot and view samples from the benthic habitat.

Activity: Plan your dive - Students are challenged to create a dive plan for the ROPOS using information about the speed of the ROPOS and weather conditions. They must plan the location and timing of a dive that will explore 3km of habitat before a storm blows in.

  • Want a Google Slides version? We offer a Google Slides version of the activity, a Microsoft Powerpoint version of the activity, and a PDF version of the activity on the Ocean School website.

About Ocean School
This is a free educational resource from the Canadian Government about the ocean, through the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School provides free, media-rich, ocean-based resources in multiple subjects for students in grades 5–12. Created by educators, scientists and storytellers, these interactive learning materials help students understand our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us.

Available in French
Check out the Resources tab for the French activity sheets and media.
Or check out the French Ocean School page.

Please note: Ocean School activities are not stand-alone lessons (they do not cover all aspects of one topic or subject) but instead supplement learning through dynamic and engaging experiences.

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