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Underwater Scope

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    Science Museum of Minnesota

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Underwater Scope

Using simple materials, learners build an underwater scope to observe what lives in rivers, lakes, and streams. Since people can't breathe under water, the world below the water remains a mystery. This activity is a great way to observe and learn about the creatures and plants that live underwater.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • old coffee can or large juice can
  • plastic wrap
  • sturdy rubber band
  • scissors
  • can opener


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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