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Floating Classroom 1
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So what if, you could be part of an expedition using sound waves and metal detectors to discover shipwrecks on the ocean floor. With this “Floating Classroom”, you’ll sit at a computer station connected to sensors towed behind the boat. Satellites will pinpoint the imagery that is rolling by your multiple displays.



“Captain” you say, “I see the shape of a boat on my screen and the “Maggie” says iron is in the area.  The captain replies “mark that target” and we’ll make another pass to verify it before we drop the ROV and get a visual confirmation of your target.  This is a floating classroom where sophisticated technologies are linked to an onboard Geographic Information System. Participants learn the physics of sound waves in water, the properties of magnetic fields that can be used to locate ferrous masses (iron, anchors, and cleats) and the geometry of how Satellites are being used in (now) every day Global Positioning Systems.

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The Side Scan Sonar system on the left uses sound to make images of things on the seafloor. On the right, this magnetometer is towed slowly behind a boat and used to detect the presence of ferrous metals.