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Bring Oceans Our Blue Planet to your classroom

Microsoft Education and BBC Learning present four hands-on STEM lesson plans that develop future ready skills.

Build future ready skills

Support writing code, building sensors, creating in 3D, analyzing data, experiencing mixed reality, and reflecting with these four, rich STEM classroom experiences.

Engage students with four big questions: how ocean currents form, how sharks swim, how deep the ocean is and how to craft a coral reef

Spark interest in STEM with Minecraft: Education Edition, Hacking STEM, Microsoft MakeCode, Paint 3D, Remix 3D, and Mixed Reality Viewer to bring these lesson plans to your classroom. Engage students in documenting and reflecting with Office 365 Education tools.

Explore big questions

Build an understanding of ocean-related concepts using physical and digital models in a real-world context enriched by big data.

Build and experiment

Create digital sensors, conduct experiments, and analyze real-time data to develop 21st century technical skills.

Get lesson resources

Utilize the best of Microsoft Education and the BBC Learning resources to customize activities and create lesson reflections.

Start using these free, standards-aligned lesson plans written by teachers for teachers

Each lesson plan explores a scientific phenomenon which focuses on specific learning targets and includes reflection and documentation activities supported by an archive of stills and video clips.

How do sharks swim?

Learn about the 3D coordinate system using physical and digital shark models to understand yaw, pitch, and roll.


How deep is the ocean?

Students explore remote terrains by modeling and graphing the ocean floor with an ultrasonic sensor to visualize organisms that live in different ocean layers.


How are ocean currents formed?

Discover the impact of salinity and temperature on ocean currents by conducting experiments, building an electrical conductivity sensor, and analyzing global data.


How to craft a coral reef?

Around the globe, coral reefs dot the aquatic landscape. Through the power of Minecraft: Education Edition, take your classroom underwater to discover the different types of reefs and what we can do to save them.


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