This is a hands-on project requiring students to research and create a model of common tool used in oceanographic research. Preferably, students should work individually but it may be modified into a group project. It is advised that you give students at least two weeks to complete the project. Provide one day of guided research with a due date to reflect the amount of time they may need to complete their work. This would also be an opportunity to collaborate with other teachers in technical fields or if your school has a workshop.
Students should build their model from scratch using simple materials. They should not purchase any of the models, as some are expensive and it removes the need to use problem-solving and ingenuity. The models should not be expected to be exact representations, however, you will most likely get some products that look fantastic. Encourage students to contact professionals to receive mentoring.
Presentations should last three minutes at most, with students explaining their tool to the class. Expecting students to write down information encourages participation and engagement in the final presentations. I will leave the grading scale up to you as the purchaser so you can determine which elements you feel are most important.
Most of the projects are very good to excellent. Remind students of their due dates daily so you can get as many products as possible. I prefer to use this grade as a culminating project (exam grade) to end my unit on Introduction to Oceanography.