Deep Dive into the Deep Sea


    “The deep sea is barely suitable for life, and yet there’s a staggering amount of diversity in life strategies! Where else can you find slime-creating jawless fish hanging out next to animals that live off of bones? I’m thrilled to offer this course–created by popular demand!” ~  Prof. Emma


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    Angler Fish to represent the Deep Dive Into the Deep Sea class
    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 7-8 • Junior High
    Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTBD

    Have you ever wondered what lives in the deep sea? The deep sea is often described as the last great unexplored portion of our planet and has fascinated humans for many years. We’ve sent both humans and robots down to the deep to see what’s there! So, what lives in the deep sea? And how do those organisms even survive? Let’s find out!

    Our course will explore the current knowledge surrounding deep sea organisms from predatory tunicates to whale bone worms…and ecosystems from sponge reefs to wood falls! Plus, we’ll learn about the adaptations that allow these different organisms–and, therefore, ecosystems–to survive this harsh environment.

    Students working at a higher level will have opportunities to delve even deeper into the material.

    For a list of scientific skills students will develop, see the What to Expect tab.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Two research forums – in which students are given the opportunity to research a deep sea organism or topic.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • A forum focused on encouraging students to peruse scientific articles related to the week’s content.
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • An activity at the end of the webinar.

    Scientific skills students will develop:

    • Awareness of vocabulary, taxonomy, evolution, physiology, and adaptations surrounding deep sea organisms.
    • Research using both general Internet sources and scientific articles.
    • Presenting their own research to peers.
    • Understanding of research techniques and design.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding, including an understanding of current techniques and research.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 7th-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • All resources will be online; no textbook required.