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Ancient Creature of the Deep
In "Fish Anatomy," students compare and classify a "living fossil," the coelacanth, in relation to a moray eel and a bull shark. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Hitler's Lost Sub
In "Build Your Own Submarine," students design their own submarine using plastic cups and soda bottles to investigate weight and buoyant force. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Lincoln's Secret Weapon
In "Dive, Dive, Dive," students explore how principles of gas behavior relate to diving in order to plan safe underwater activities. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Ocean Animal Emergency
In "Diving Into Research," research five types of marine mammals, then plot tracking data on a map to determine which of the five species the tracked information represents. Grades 6-8.

Perfect Pearl, The
In "Pearls of Wisdom," students consider political, economic, and technological solutions for challenges faced by pearl farmers. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Shark Attack!
In "Shark Dodging," students use knowledge of shark behavior to design a solution to help surfers avoid being attacked. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Titanic's Lost Sister
In "Current Events," students investigate how differences in temperature affect the density of water. Grades 6-8.

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
In "Fish Sorting," students classify nine fish based on different characteristics. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Wave That Shook the World
In "Tracking Tsunamis," students calculate approximate speeds and travel times for three sample tsunamis. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

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