Lisa Troy and Nitzan Resnick, both middle school science teachers at The Sage School, recently collaborated with scientist Stefan Sievert of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on an article for Science Scope, a middle school science magazine published by the National Science Teachers Organization (NTSA).
The partnership between Dr. Sievert and Sage developed several years ago. Dr. Sievert has visited Sage’s sixth grade program several times, and last year he Skyped with students during the Dark Life II expedition in the Pacific Ocean. Using the deep-sea submersible Alvin, Dr. Sievert studied life on and below the seafloor at the deep-sea hydrothermal vents on the East Pacific Rise.
Below is part of the article’s introduction:
“This article describes an engineering design project developed by a classroom teacher and a scientist who studies microbes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. The activity involves exploration with submersibles and the exotic and often bizarre creatures that live in the deep ocean—both of which are sure to capture middle school students’ interest. The partnership we describe developed a few years ago between the academic dean at a middle school in Massachusetts and a group of scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The collaborators designed the engineering project as a twist on the classic classroom engineering challenge of creating an insulated device, such as a thermos. For our challenge, which focuses on deep-ocean biomes, we added the topics of buoyancy, pressure, and material reactivity to microbes to the traditional topic of heat transfer.”
Read the full article here: http://static.nsta.org/files/ss1808_29.pdf
Published nine times a year, Science Scope is an award-winning journal for grade 6–8 teachers, university faculty responsible for teacher preparation, and state and district science supervisors and leaders.