Discovery Education and the Navy present a series of interactive lesson plans specifically designed for 9-12 graders to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our lesson plan resources will help students understand unique concepts, practice new skills and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences. Subject matters range from the physics of flight to the engineering of future ships. Plus, have fun with your students playing the Navy Proving Grounds widget! Designed to work in conjunction with The Science of Diving, Jets in Flight and Future Fleet lesson plans, our widget will test your students understanding of the concepts taught in those lessons as they go through each challenge.
Biology | Physics
Investigate how sound can be used to navigate, communicate, locate objects and create 3-D images of surroundings. Students will explore how sonar technology compares to natural echolocation used by animals. Students will then apply their knowledge to create a 3-D model of a riverbed using data collected from a sonar system.
Geography | Geometry | Trigonometry
Students will learn about GPS and navigation and how coordinates are determined using mathematical principles. Over three individual lessons, students will study map reading, learn how satellites work and explore GPS glacier tracking in the Northwest Passage of the Arctic.
Meteorology | Physical Oceanography
Students will use interactive tools to be introduced to the principles of physical oceanography (waves, tides and currents) and meteorology (winds) with the goal of understanding how they affect ocean navigation. Then, students will apply what they have learned through a hands-on search and rescue (SAR) scenario.