This interactive game lets students explore ocean ecosystems, provides virtual experiments and models, and helps them gain skills in using data to write persuasive arguments.
There is a teaching guide provided and students can save their progress to make it easier to incorporate the game into class activities or downtime.
Students will enjoy operating the submarine and virtually visiting the different locations.
The game encourages inquiry and highlights diversity in the characters.
Students should have a basic understanding of pH, food webs, and the scientific method.
A device and access to the Internet are required to play this game.
Students will need to write down their player identification name so they can return to their game.
Students must zoom out or click on the sides of the screen to get back to the sub for new assignments, and they must hold down the button to scan an object.
Although the game suggests students play individually, they could be paired up and tasked with different jobs that could include operating the game and keeping a written log of their activities, data, and results.
Use this game in sections as virtual labs for lessons about predator-prey interactions, population dynamics, or food webs.
Have students take turns with the different assignments as they work in pairs, then have them present their findings from the assignments in a short written log that identifies the species they discovered and the interactions observed.
This resource is an interactive online game where students play as an ocean scientist in an ocean-based lab. All material provided is thoroughly cited and meets our scientific standards. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
HS-LS1-4 Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.
HS-LS1-5 Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
HS-LS2-1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
HS-LS2-2 Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
HS-LS2-3 Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
HS-LS2-4 Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem.
LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MS-LS4-6 Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
HS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
HS-LS4-6 Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.