This is an introductory lesson to familiarize students with how ROVs are built and why ROVs are used.

Students will observe a variety of deep sea organisms using MBARI YouTube videos and the MBARI Deep Sea guide. Students will explore the subject of why and how ROVs are used to collect data regarding the deep sea. Students will work to design a model ROV that will be used in a later lesson to build a functioning ROV.



Megan McDonald

Additional Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
Core Ideas
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
  • ETS2.B: Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Natural World
  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 7.D: New technologies, sensors and tools are expanding our ability to explore the ocean. Ocean scientists are relying more and more on satellites, drifters, buoys, subsea observatories and unmanned submersibles.