Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep


Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep explores the story of how Academy scientists designed a portable decompression chamber in order to safely transport fish discovered on their expeditions to the Philippines.

  • Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep | E-book

    The new, media-rich e-book from QUEST, Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep, explores the story of how Academy scientists designed a portable decompression chamber in order to safely transport fish discovered on their expeditions to the Philippines. The book dives into the science of pressure — from the air pressure we experience every day to water pressure and the special adaptations of fish.

    You can find our other e-books at kqed.org/ebooks.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Bringing Fish Up from the Deep | QUEST

    We know less about our oceans than we know about the moon. Why? It's harder to explore the depths of the ocean because of the technical difficulties associated with it. However, scientists at the California Academy of Sciences have designed a portable decompression chamber in order to bring a part of that mystery safely aboveground in order for studying -- fish. This opens many doors for the future of studying the ocean's twilight zone. 

    This video is part of our Engineering Is: Bringing Fish Up from the Deep e-book. The e-book explores the science and engineering principles behind the California Academy of Sciences’ portable decompression chamber, and includes videos, interactives and media making opportunities. Find our other e-books at kqed.org/ebooks.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Science Spotlight: Fish, Swim Bladders and Boyle's Law

    Learn how pressure changes affect the volume of gases in this demonstration of Boyle’s Law. This video is part of our Engineering Is: Bringing Fish Up from the Deep e-book. The e-book explores the science and engineering principles behind the California Academy of Sciences’ portable decompression chamber, and includes videos, interactives and media making opportunities. Find our other e-books at kqed.org/ebooks.

    This video is part of our Engineering Is: Bringing Fish Up from the Deep e-book. The e-book explores the science and engineering principles behind the California Academy of Sciences’ portable decompression chamber, and includes videos, interactives and media making opportunities. Find our other e-books at kqed.org/ebooks.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Biologist | QUEST

    What does it take to be a marine biologist? Learn about Matt Wandell's work at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, where he feeds the animals, cleans the tanks and makes sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to help collect organisms and restore coral reefs. He was a key scientists in developing a portable decompression chamber for fish that allows divers to safely transport fish from deep in the ocean's twilight zone up to the surface. Getting paid for what he loves to do, he says, makes this his dream job.

    Grades: 6-12

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