Submersible (50 ft Tractor Trailer)
This portion of the program is a simulation of a manned submersible dive to the bottom of the San Pedro Channel. Students will assume the role of scientists conducting exploratory research to help establish a baseline of this changing, urban ocean. Using NHM collections as well as outside resources, students will use comparative analysis to understand the roles of the organisms they observe.
Laboratory (school-provided classroom)
This portion of the program is a simulation of research conducted in the laboratory. Students will assume the roles of paleontologists studying the faunal history of the Los Angeles Basin through geologic time. Students will begin by observing fossil specimens unearthed at specific locations in southern California. Using NHM collections as well as outside resources students will use comparative analysis to infer what the ecosystem was like when these animals were living. Students will create a picture of the ocean habitat in which the specimen lived.
Science and Engineering Practices
1. Asking questions and defining problems
2. Developing and using models
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
6. Constructing explanations
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
6. Structure and Function
7. Stability and Change of Systems
Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
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