Listen to the Call to the Deep!
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the State's name.
Chugiak High School
Eagle River, Alaska
Charter School of Wilmington
Oakwood School, Greenville
Skyline Middle School
B. L. Miller Elementary School
Sussex Central High School
Azalea Middle School
Ocean Learning Academy
Springfield Township High School
Chugiak High School, Eagle River, Alaska
Teacher: Mark Van Arsdale
1. Do the prolonged periods of time spent in ALVIN (at depth) have any
effects on the crew? If there are any effects, are they similar to the
types of effects that scuba divers may experience when staying underwater
2.Does ALVIN leave an environmental "footprint"? Does it have any detrimental
effects on the fragile ecosystems that it visits?
Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, Delaware
Teachers: Tom Fleetwood and Conrad Rice
1. Regarding the technology involved in the mission, does the ship ATLANTIS
have a lab that analyzes all the data or is everything stored and taken
back to land? Additionally, what technologies does ALVIN have to know
what conditions are occurring at the ocean surface?
2. What kind of education and training is required to become a member
of your dive team, and what one piece of advice or words of wisdom would
you give someone to help them achieve their dreams?
Skyline Middle School, Wilmington, Delaware
Teacher: Marijke Reilly
1. Do you ever get seasick when you are on the ship? If so, how do you
deal with it if you are out there for 17 days in a row?
2. How do you capture specimens from the ALVIN? How do you get those specimens
from the high pressure of the deep ocean to the low pressure of the surface
without having the specimens explode?
Sussex Central High School
Teachers: Lorraine Caputo and Elaine Weil
1. How does a Big Mac and a large fry sound about now?
2. Can you identify any environmental damage because of pollution buried
in the ocean? And does this affect the hydrothermal vents??
Ocean Learning Academy, Honolulu, Hawaii
Teachers: Malia Chow and Soo Boo Tan
1. If there is a storm or a hurricane or a tsunami while you are at sea,
how will it affect you if you are in mid-dive or on the ocean floor, and
what would you do?
2. How do sea creatures at the bottom of the ocean behave compared to
ones in shallow water -- are they more aggressive/passive? Do they move
Princess Nahi'ena'ena Elementary School, Lahaina, Maui
Teacher: Liz Foote, Project S.E.A.-Link
1. How did you find/choose the study site?
2. How are you prepared for an emergency, and what types of hazards and
emergencies might there be? How would you respond, and could you escape?
(7) NORTH CAROLINA
Oakwood School, Greenville, North Carolina
Teacher: Nancy Bray
1.Once ALVIN is deployed from ATLANTIS, two hours seems a long time to
go 1.5 miles to the bottom. Why does ALVIN descend and ascend so slowly?
Also, the sub seems to be rather cramped for space. Why don't you build
a bigger submersible?
2. The animals at the hydrothermal vents seem very colorful. At a place
where it is totally dark, what could be the purpose of their coloration?
Also, what could account for the tremendous size of the tubeworms?
B. L. Miller Elementary School, Sebring, Ohio
Teacher: Vickie Hollingsworth
1. At what point is it no longer safe for the ATLANTIS to remain at sea,
and how do you retrieve ALVIN in an emergency situation?
2. If the styrofoam cups shrink while they travel down in the ALVIN, why
can't the scientists feel any change in pressure, or do they, and if so,
how bad is it?
Azalea Middle School, Brookings, Oregon
Teacher: Maggie Prevenas
1. What do the scientists on ATLANTIS do while ALVIN is in the water?
2. Can you feel the temperature change in the water as you get near the
Springfield Township High School, Oreland, Pennsylvania
Teacher: Murrell F. Dobbins
1. We assume that you are recycling all paper, metals, and plastics used
onboard ATLANTIS during this expedition. Is it true that you will be bringing
all these materials back to the States for recycling?
2. Are the species found so far off of Costa Rica identical to those found