The use of technology is critical in studying Humpback whales.

Students will explore the use of tagging technologies in the research being conducted in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. Students will simulate this tagging data in the classroom and will need to analyze, model, and interpret their data.

*This lesson was written for a sensor app that is no longer available. We are looking for someone to update the instructions for the new app, Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite



Joanna Chierici, Nancy FitzGerald, Jacqueline Galella, and Katie Lodes

Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
Core Ideas
  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior
  • Developing and using models
  • Analyzing and interpreting data

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 5.A: Ocean life ranges in size from the smallest virus to the largest animal that has lived on Earth, the blue whale.
  • 5.D: The ocean is three-dimensional, offering vast living space and diverse habitats from the surface through the water column to the seafloor. Most of the living space on Earth is in the ocean.