Module 3: Active Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning in the Lab:

Using Real-World Problems


Watch this video in which students must design a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) to respond to a simulated chemical canister accident in a harbor.

Video: Using Real-World Problems (2:34)

Think About

How is this lab experience set up to encourage active learning? How does the type of problem chosen engage students?

Now that you have considered a range of strategies to make your students active learners, think about other ways to improve classroom dynamics.


Students dealt with many variables to solve the problem presented in the video. Consider your own area of expertise. What kinds of variables might students later encounter in the class or in the workplace?