Episode 1: How Do You Map an Underwater Forest?

Meet the Scientist: Brian Helmuth

Brian Helmuth, PhD., is an aquanaut and marine environmental scientist at Northeastern University who loves to spend his time diving and exploring the ocean as he studies the effects of climate change on bodies of water on our planet.
Helmuth lab at Nahant Marine Science Center




Make your own “underwater forest” in your house. Use cushions, chairs, or whatever you need to form a tunnel. Take a piece of rope and string it through your tunnel. Now blindfold someone (your friend, sibling, parent or YOURSELF) and follow the path through the forest by gripping only the rope.

How was it? Difficult? or Easy?

Share it with Us! Take a photo of the person moving through the forest and (with your parent’s permission) have them tag us on Twitter and Instagram  OR email it to us at podcast@solveitforkids.com

If you submit a challenge OR leave a comment below about the episode, you will be entered to win a FREE book! 



Learn More About the Ancient Underwater Forest

NY Times Article

This is Alabama video of the Underwater Forest by Ben Raines


May- June 2020  Book Giveaway

Astronaut- Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact by Jennifer Swanson (NGKids)


Journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are. Dr. Helmuth and Fabien Cousteau are featured experts in this book.




For Further Reading:

Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin  by Michelle Cusolito (Charlesbridge Publishing)

Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia by Doring Kindersly Books

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang (Albert Whitman Books)

Dive In: Swim With Sea Creatures at Their Actual Size by Roxie Munro (Holiday House)

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by Johanna Rizzo (NGKids Books)

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