AMP-IT-UP 6th Grade Whale Challenge

Data saved the Whales - Whale jumping out of the water

Module Summary: AMP-IT-UP - Data Saves the Whales

Students model plankton and temperature data collected at different ocean depths in the Antarctic to determine whether a research vessel will collide with whales. They construct coordinate graphs of the data to identify whether the data is linear or non-linear, discern whether a variable is independent or dependent in the relationship, and reason quantitatively about the data relationships.

An article on this module has been published in The Journal of Marine Science. Click here to read it.


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.
Supply Check List - Spreadsheet used to check that all materials needed for the module are present.
Water Temperature Readings - A list of water temperature readings.

For Students:

Student Edition - The module curriculum booklet for students.
Student Pages Packet - The worksheets that students will need to complete the module.


  1. Video - ODEN - A video shot by researchers aboard the ODEN research ship that illustrates what the Antarctic environment is like.
  2. Video - Julia's Research - Video 2 - Video of Julia Diaz, a graduate student at Georgia Tech, as she conducts her research on the ODEN.
  3. Video - CTD - Video 3 - Video that shows how the researchers on the ODEN use an instrument called a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature and Depth) robot to collect data from the ocean.

Complete Set of Module Files:

Download a complete package of the module here