Submarine Live 2019

25 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019

Submarine Live 2019 was part of AXA XL Oceans Education live series. This education initiative combines teaching resources with live broadcasting link to current ocean research expeditions to schools around the world. We connected thousands of students across the globe to the Nekton First Descent team, as they investigated the uncharted depths of the Indian Ocean around the Seychelles archipelago.

With still 95% of the ocean unexplored, students of all ages had a chance to explore the deep ocean from their classroom, to engage with scientists and submersible pilots working on the exploration and to develop their critical thinking and working scientifically skills.

Running over five days, we ran 10 live broadcasts across two different formats repeated twice a day. The expert interviews or Ask-Me-Anything sessions allowed for a discussion with members of the Nekton mission and other scientists from the Seychelles joining the expedition. The live investigations introduced submarines and submersibles physics and engineering. Linked resources were provided to aid preparation and reflection, enabling deeper learning. These included Submarine STEM lesson plans, multimedia resources, 360VR tools, and background subject knowledge.

For expedition news and media coverage, please see the Submarine Live news collection.

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Submarine Live 2019 Qa Wed Am
Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 9:00am UTC

Submarine Q&A (AM)

How easy is it to explore the deep ocean? In this Submarine Q&A session, you will be asking questions to a member of the Nekton First Descent team on board their research vessel in the Indian Ocea...

Submarine Live 2019 Submarine Buoyancy Am
Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 10:00am UTC

Submarine buoyancy (AM)

This activity sees students use modelling clay, coins or other masses to make a ping pong ball neutrally buoyant. Student will learn that neutral buoyancy is achieved when the ball is maintaining a co...

Submarine Live 2019 Qa Mon Pm
Mon, 25 Mar 2019, 1:00pm UTC

Submarine Q&A (PM)

Why are the submarines yellow? In this Submarine Q&A session, you will be asking questions to a member of the Nekton First Descent team on board their research vessel in the Indian Ocean. This liv...

Submarine Live 2019 Submarine Shape Am
Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 10:00am UTC

Submarine shape (AM)

In this activity students use different shapes of modelling clay to find a shape that will take exactly seven seconds to fall through a cylinder of water. Students will learn about water resistance an...

Submarine Live 2019 Submarine Pressure Pm
Fri, 29 Mar 2019, 2:00pm UTC

Submarine pressure (PM)

In this activity you will learn about the challenge’s submersibles face when trying to explore the deep-sea. Submariners face the effects of pressure with increasing depth, so therefore the design of ...



Oliver Steeds
Chief Executive, Mission Director, Nekton.
Dr Lucy Woodall
Principal Scientist, Nekton.
Sheena Talma
Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust
Robert Carmichael
Founder Global Sub Dive
Dr Paris Stefanoudis
Postdoctoral Researcher, Nekton.
Clara Belmont
Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust
Dr Jerome Harlay
University of Seychelles
Denise Swanborn
Doctoral Research Scientist, Nekton.
Rowana Walton
University of Seychelles
Jennifer Appoo
Seychelles Island Foundation

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