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 Patrick Lahey, Co-founder and President of Triton Submarines. Patrick led the engineering and production of the DSV Limiting Factor and travelled in it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth.
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 the science, engineering and technology needed to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean.
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. Submarine STEM (20 mins)
Learners will then meet Patrick Lahey, Co-founder and President of Triton Submarines. Patrick led the engineering and production of the DSV Limiting Factor and travelled in it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth.
At 4,000 metres below the surface, the pressure is an extraordinary 400 times that at sea level. The team will be conducting multiple dives and the DSV Limiting Factor is an extraordinary piece of engineering. Patrick will talk about the STEM involved in undertaking this amazing deep sea exploration.
3. Pre-submitted questions (10 mins)
At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.
5. Live questions answered (10 mins)
Returning to the ship, the team will then answer questions submitted via the live chat.
Co-founder and President of Triton Submarines.
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