Underwater Robots

Designing a Scientific ROV

Grade Level:

9th - 12th grade (Engineering Design/Technology)

Lesson Description:

Scientific Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are designed to overcome many challenges associated with deep-sea environments. In this activity, students will use the "Building SOI's New 4500m ROV" video playlist from Schmidt Ocean Institute to discover how engineers, designers, and scientists work together to develop scientific Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) capable of exploring and studying the deep sea.


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): 
  • Performance Expectation: HS-ETS1-1
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
Ocean Literacy Essential Principles: 
  • Principle 7: FCs a, b, d, f
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