Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Nekton Submarine STEM 2020 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the research vessel.
In this lesson, learners will meet Mike Pownall who is the head of marine operations at Nekton.
Connect live to the Indian Ocean, where the Nekton expedition team is undertaking important research about the health of the deep ocean off Seychelles and the Maldives. This live lesson will focus on what it takes to explore the deep ocean and the team involved, perhaps sparking some career ideas for watching students.
Classes will have have the chance to put their questions to the team on-board the research ship DSSV Pressure Drop, including the chance to communicate live with DSV Limiting Factor, the submarine used in this research, which is capable of diving to the deepest point in the ocean.
Prepare for this live lesson by reviewing the attached supporting resources and see the expedition website to learn more about Nekton | First Descent: Midnight Zone. Don't forget to submit questions in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your user profile, once you have booked the lesson.
1. Introduction (5 mins)
The Live Lesson host welcomes students to the expedition and outlines the lesson. They will introduce the expedition and say a little about the research being conducted by the Nekton team. There will also be shout-outs to any registered schools, so listen out for yours.
2. Exploring the deep (20 mins)
The host will then introduce Mike Pownall, students will learn about the team needed to put on an expedition such as this, and the variety of different roles involved.
3. Pre-submitted questions (10 mins)
At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.
4. Live questions answered (10 mins)
The remaining time will be spent answering as many questions from the Youtube live chat as possible.
Head of Marine Operations, Nekton
Executive Director, Encounter Edu
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