- 90 minute program for students in grade 6, 7, and 8
- Students act as marine scientists and take a simulated dive beneath the San Pedro Channel off the coast of Southern California to discover the biodiversity of our local coast
- Learning activities faciliated by two NHM instructors take place on the Seamobile and under a pop-up canopy set up beside the mobile
- Teams of students are assigned to five research stations and engaged in inquiry-based and computer-based activities in which each group collects and analyzes data from a different habitat: Kelp Forest, Continental Slope, Rocky Bottom, Sandy Bottom, and Continental Shelf.
- Students participate in the scientific process, and explore the role of museums and museum scientists in collecting and curating specimens locally and globally
Connections to California State Content Standards
Grade 6 Standards (PDF)
Grade 7 Standards (PDF)
Grade 8 Standards (PDF)
Connections to Ocean Literacy Principals
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
- Capture and cultivate student interest in science, specifically marine biology and museum science
- Introduce students to the diversity of organisms that live in our local ocean ecosystem.
- Help students understand the interrelationships between marine species within a habitat and build appreciation for biodiversity locally and globally
- Sharpen student inquiry skills key to the scientific process, especially observation and collecting, recording, and anaylzing data.
Seamobile Teacher Guide (PDF)