AMP-IT-UP 7th Grade Crab Aquarium Challenge


Module Summary: AMP-IT-UP - Crab Friend or Foe?

Students model and graph scientific investigation data related to pheromone concentration versus blue crab mating and predator events. They analyze rate of change and use proportional reasoning to select the mix of predators that will balance the ecosystem of an aquarium display.

For Teachers:

Annotated Teacher Edition - The teacher edition of the Whale Challenge curriculum that has been annotated with notes and tips for teachers.
Prep Guide - Instructions on how to implement the module. Includes information about the standards that the module addresses and how to incorporate the 5E learning model.
Materials List - List of all materials that are needed for the module. List includes the cost and vendors of the materials.
Materials Prep Guide - Instructions on how to prepare the materials for the module.
Labels for Cannisters - Microsoft Word document of labels for the cannisters that are used during the module.
List for Cannisters - Microsoft Word document containing a list of the cannisters and what their label should be.

For Students:

Student Edition - The module curriculum booklet for students.
Student Pages Packet - The worksheets that students will need to complete the module.
Student Sort Sheet - Worksheet that students use to sort counters.


  1. Video - Aquarium Display Challenge - A video discussing how pheromones are used by crabs.
  2. Video - Predator/Prey - A video discussing the food chain and the predator/prey relationship.
  3. Video - Blue Crab/Sea Turtle - A video of a sea turtle feeding.

Complete Set of Module Files:

Download a complete package of the module here


Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated To Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP)
is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award Number: 1238089)