Oceanographic research plays an important role in improving
our understanding and allowing us to make better choices to protect the health
of the world’s oceans.
Part 1 FOLLOWING ORV ALGUITA
Charting ORV Alguita's Voyage
In Google Earth
Google Earth Lesson Plan This is an introduction to how to load and operate Google Earth. This GIS software is FREE, can be downloaded from the internet and is easily understood.
Google Earth Activity 1 (Introduction to Google Earth) This brief lesson is intended to serve as a starter excercise before
utilizing the Google Earth software required in other more complex lessons. During this lesson students explore different controls in the Google Earth program and label them on a reference chart for use in future lessons.
Google Earth Activity 2 (Charting The Voyage) In this activity the students learn how to operate the very user friendly Google Earth software to navigate through satellite images of the earth to locate their school, measure it's distance from the ocean, explore their watershed then learn how to plot ORV Alguita's voyage using GPS coordinates. (First follow the directions under Google Earth Lesson Plan to download the free software. Lesson 1 is optional but can provide good reference for those new to the program) This activity provides a worksheet guide with images, detailed step by step instructions, and questions to answer.
On a Paper Chart
Printable Paper Chart of the Pacific Ocean (Print ONLY Page 24 of this large PDF File) (National Geographic Ocean Atlas Teacher’s Guide Sylvia Earle.) This printable paper chart provides latitude and longitude for charting ORV Alguita's course during her voyage. All the students will need for the activity are copies of the printout, rulers and pencils.
Web link step by step Canadian Coast Guard Tutorial.
This PowerPoint presentation provided by Ocean Globecovers the basics of plotting ocean locations using GPS Coordinates
Part 2 JOIN THE RESEARCH
DESCRIPTION: "Students will participate in current research by carefully collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on plastic debris to the Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF)." http://plasticsareforever.org/?page_id=69
Part 3 BECOME A PART OF THE SOLUTION
Stencil your Storm Drains! (Watershed Wonders, Algalita Marine Research Foundation)DESCRIPTION: "Students will participate in a community project that directly affects the quality of the environment. Stenciling storm drains with reminders of where runoff goes is an opportunity for students to become active stewards of their local watershed."