This resource is part of the Polar Explorer Resource Collection https://www.stem.org.uk/polar-explorer-educational-resources.
In this resource learners will explore why scientists are engaged in research at the bottom of the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans. They will understand the importance of collecting samples of organisms that make the sea floor their home and what these can tell us about global concerns. They will explore the challenging conditions faced by remotely operated vehicles (ROV) performing sampling missions and the scientists that control the vehicles. Learners will also explore the most appropriate sampling tool for use in marine sampling and design their own ‘grabber’ for the ROV. After designing a sampling tool they will create a prototype robot arm grabbing tool and evaluate their design with their knowledge of existing grabbing tools.
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