Unit Overview

In Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles, students learn how engineers use their understanding of science and math to solve problems in the ocean environment. The unit begins with the storybook Despina Makes a Splash, in which a girl named Despina living in Greece explores the field of Ocean Engineering as she designs a submersible to retrieve her cousin’s goggles. Over the course of the unit, students use a model tool for mapping the ocean floor. They plan and carry out an investigation to learn how to predict whether an object will sink or float, based on its mass and volume. Like Despina, students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve their own submersibles.

Core Program Unit Components

A comprehensive Educator Guide, engaging Storybook, and classroom-ready Materials Kit broaden access to engineering for all students.  

Educator Guide Print + Digital 1yr
Storybook
Materials Kit

 

We recommend one Educator Guide per teacher, one Storybook per student, and one Materials Kit per 30 learners. Together, these components create a high-quality, hands-on STEM learning experience. 

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Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Designing Submersibles Educator Guide Print + Digital 1yr
$109.00
Designing Submersibles Educator Guide Digital 1yr
$99.00
Despina Makes a Splash Storybook
$12.00
Despina Makes a Splash Digital Storybook
$4.99
Designing Submersibles Materials Kit
$299.00
Designing Submersibles Refill Kit
$39.00

Program Components

Educator Guides are available in two formats: Print + Digital and Digital only. 

Print + Digital 1yr:

  • Printed copy of the Educator Guide containing instructions to facilitate the unit
  • One (1) copy of the printed accompanying Storybook 
  • One year of digital access to the Educator Guide via learn.eie.org
  • Digital PDF of the Storybook 

Digital 1 yr: 

  • One year of digital access to the Educator Guide via learn.eie.org
  • Digital PDF of the Storybook 

Note: Digital Access is granted on a per-year, per-user basis and is non-transferable. After the initial purchase of a Print + Digital Guide you can purchase Digital Only for subsequent years’ use.

 

Additional Program Components  

  • Storybook
    • Available in print and digital for individual purchase to accommodate any class size
  • Materials Kit
    • Includes materials to support 30 learners
  • Refill Kit
    • Replenishes the consumable items from the Materials Kit 

 

Ten Resources for Diverse Learners

As a set of high-impact resources, the Resources for Diverse Learners are designed to help remove distractions and decrease literacy demands so that all students can succeed in engineering and problem solving. They contain built-in vocabulary support, suggestions for objects to create context and background, multiple points of entry for different learning styles, and multiple ways for learners to express understanding meet the needs of today’s diverse classroom.

Resource for Diverse Learners Included in the Teacher Guide Packaged with the Teacher Guide Included in Digital Unit
Student Discussion Support * * *
Teacher Discussion Support * * *
English Learner Strategies * * *
Differentiation Duplication Masters * * *
Flip book StorybookEnglish and Spanish1   * *
Character Cards1   * *
Visual Vocabulary Cards1   * *
Illustrated Engineering Design Poster - English   8.5x11in. included
 (available for sale in 20x30 in.)
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Illustrated Engineering Design Poster - Spanish   8.5x11in. included
 (available for sale in 20x30 in.)
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Materials Reference Sheet1   * *
Alternative Lesson Progression     *

1 Spanish version available in the Digital Unit only.

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The Digital Educator Guide provides convenient, on-demand, online access to the Educator Guide and resources. Use the Digital Educator Guide to seamlessly project in-class, deliver STEM learning virtually, and prepare for lessons anytime, anywhere. Contact your sales representative for renewal information and for access for multiple teachers.   

  

Note: Digital Access is granted on a per-year, per-user basis and is non-transferable. After the initial purchase of a Print + Digital Guide you can purchase Digital Only for subsequent years’ use. 

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