ROVing the Gulf

In this class, students learn about new and exciting technology that scientists use to study the ocean, especially the deep sea. After an engaging presentation on ocean bathymetry, the Gulf of Mexico and the deep sea, and a brief introduction to design principles, student teams build their own remotely operated vehicle (ROV). They will test their design and driving skills by deploying the ROVs in the Sea Lab swimming pool.

Duration: approximately 3 hours
Recommended: 7th grade to adult

What to expect:

  • Students will learn the topics of pressure and buoyancy
  • Students will gain an understanding of the unique challenges presented by the underwater environment
  • Students will build a fully functional small scale Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

What to wear and bring:

  • Students will be inside and outside for this class. There is no cover at the pool, so bring sunscreen, hats, etc.
  • Water bottle (especially important for warm weather trips)

Key words to review with your students:

  • Submersible
  • Buoyancy
  • Bathymetry

Alabama Course of Study and Ocean Literacy Standards

To book your field trip, email scheduler@disl.org or call (251) 861-2141 x7511.