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.
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 an introduction to the Nekton | First Descent: Midnight Zone expedition.
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 Mission Director 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. The ship and the expedition (10 mins)
Students will then be introduced to the research ship, the DSSV Pressure Drop, and the incredible submersible, the DSV Limiting Factor, which has travelled to the deepest point of the ocean.
3. Pre-submitted questions (15 mins)
At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.
4. On-board the submersible (5 mins)
Should submersible operations allow, the Mission Director will attempt to connect the submersible crew to the call to pose students' questions as they undertake deep ocean exploration and research.
5. Live questions answered (15 mins)
Returning to the ship, the team will then answer questions submitted via the live chat.
Founder and Mission Director, Nekton
Executive Director, Encounter Edu
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