4-H STEM Challenge

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Explorers of the Deep

Explorers of the Deep consists of three activities that can be done all at once or individually, making it highly adaptable for classrooms, afterschool programs, clubs and more:

Ocean Robot Test Tank is an activity where youth learn how to “ballast” their ocean robot by adding weights to replicate the sinking and floating behavior of a real ocean robot. They will investigate data collected by ocean robots and learn about the value of ocean exploration.

Ocean Expedition is a board game where youth navigate their ocean robot around the world while learning key ocean concepts. Topics include aquaculture, climate change, innovation, human impact and the ocean ecosystem.

Ocean Communicator is an activity in which young people investigate challenges that ocean scientists, engineers and technologists are currently exploring. They design and advocate for innovations and technical solutions that inspire public action.

Aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Club Leaders contact the County Office at 302-831-8965 for more information on obtaining a challenge kit for your club.

Below is a link to an instructional video on the new National 4-H STEM Challenge: Explorers of the Deep. You can scroll to the parts you want to watch (the times are under the link).

17:35 – Unboxing the Challenge Kit

19:30 – Activity 1 Ocean Glider Test Tank

20:30 – Glider Pilot Youtube Video

24:45 – Putting the Glider together

30:24 – Ocean Expedition Board Game

40:50 – Ocean Communicator Activity