Lesson Plans

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.

Ocean Landing


Students will investigate how Navy pilots launch and land high-speed jets on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. They will explore how weather phenomena can impact the approaches and how pilots, flight-deck operators, and engineers work together to safely land in various conditions.

Robotics and Future Technology


Students will learn how the Navy and other industries use robots and the importance of robots in certain jobs. Then the class will be given a design challenge to create its own robot that can be used to help extinguish a fire.

Sonar and Echolocation

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.

Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The Science of Nuclear Power

Physics | Social Sciences

In this lesson, hands-on activities introduce students to basic concepts of nuclear physics including fission, radioactivity, nuclear decay and transmutation. Students will learn key principles of nuclear physics as it relates to nuclear power.

GPS and Navigation

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.

Oceanography and Meteorology

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.

The Science of Diving

Physics | Physiology

Students will play the role of a Navy Diver to understand the importance of gas laws as they conduct lab activities that illustrate the physics of gases and the impact on a diver's body.

Jets in Flight


How is it possible that a 20,000-pound vehicle can fly? This question - and others - will be answered as students create physical and conceptual models for aircraft in flight as they learn the science behind this engineering feat.

Future Fleet

Buoyancy | Density | Volume

Students put their engineering skills to use by designing prototypes while learning about metacenter, center of gravity and displacement mass. Then comes the fun of testing the models to see if they are seaworthy.