As part of the collaboration between the NC Department of Transportation and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, teacher resources, lesson plans, and curriculum were produced that showcase the science carried out during the extent of the project. These resources represent research methods, experiments, and data collection techniques utilized by the participating scientists at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute and adapted for classroom use. The teacher resources are aligned to North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards as indicated on each downloadable PDF.
Subaquatic Vegetation as Habitat
SAV is important in maintaining the health, productivity, and maintenance of our estuaries by offering a sanctuary to various species of fish, turtles, and invertebrates. This programming offers students a hands-on activity that is both engaging and instructive in understanding just one of the ecosystem services that SAV provides in North Carolina’s estuaries.
Using Sound for Scientific Discovery
Ocean scientists, like geologists and maritime archaeologists, use sound waves to detect underwater features through the use of sonar. This experiment demonstrates how determining the velocity of sound in certain mediums can aid us in scientific discovery.
This experiment offers an observable reaction to an increase of nutrients and provides an opportunity for discussion about the nitrogen cycle, food webs, and human effects on our environment.
This activity provides students an opportunity to duplicate the methods scientists use when studying sediment samples, while also using their findings to make informed decisions facing coastal communities.