Submarine STEM

Science | Ages 7 - 11

Submarine STEM 7-11 delivers a comprehensive scheme of work covering Materials, Forces and Living things and develops students’ ability to work scientifically. The unit is based on the exploratory submersible journeys undertaken as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey off Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea (between Bermuda and Canada) and off Canada’s east coast. Using our exclusive galleries, videos and online 360 VR technology students are fully immersed in the deep ocean. Students will understand the scale and depth of the ocean, explore and investigate the creatures which inhabit this inhospitable environment and consider how forces and materials are integral to submersible design. Throughout the unit students plan, carry out and evaluate scientific investigations, culminating in an exciting DT challenge.

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Lesson 1: What lives in the deep sea?

This first lesson introduces students to the concept of the deep sea. Students discover some of the unusual creatures of the deep and consider the imp…

Lesson 2: How big and how deep is the ocean?

The second lesson in this unit focusses on students understanding the depth of the ocean and the challenges deep sea exploration poses. Students will …

Lesson 3: What forces affect submarines?

This lesson develops students understanding of forces. Students consider how the shape of a submersible will affect its speed of movement through wate…

Lesson 4: How do you choose materials for a submarine?

This lesson explores submarine design and considers the materials used and their properties. Students make choices about suitable materials for their …

Lesson 5: How do you launch a submarine with strong structures?

In this lesson students understand how machines like cranes help us move large and heavy loads. Students design and build a strong structure that will…

Lesson 6: How do you recover a submarine with levers and pulleys?

In this lesson students complete their cranes by adding a lever or pulley system. Students reflect and evaluate their structures and describe how cran…



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