A Maui Digital Bus Virtual Project:


Students will explore the population, distribution, identification, and societal misunderstandings of sharks through discussions, research projects, and videos.  An online dissection will expose students to the unique anatomy and physiology of the animals.


Manō (sharks) are one of the most misunderstood animals.  They have been vilified by media and Hollywood as mindless man eating predators. Although they are the oceans top predators, and incidents of human injury and fatality do occur, their labels as man-eaters couldn’t be further from the truth.  Shark population worldwide is down nearly 90%.  Their role is imperative in the ecological balance of the oceans.  This project aims at separating myth from fact, establishing a better understanding about sharks, and introducing the importance of these animals in Hawai'i.


This virtual project includes:

  • Seven student directed modules *

  • An introduction and conclusion classroom video chats with the Digital Bus staff **

  • Optional video chats following each module **

  • The opportunity for students to book a one-on-one Q&A session with the Digital Bus if requested **

  • Optional in-person lessons (pending COVID restrictions)

  • For more information please see this document

* These modules are available to anyone, anywhere, anytime for free. If you use any of our lessons, we ask only that you let us know where you are, and how many students will participate.

**Available when directly scheduling a project with The Digital Bus. As always, free for DOE students.

Materials (students)


Entire Program

Materials (teachers)

Project details for teachers


Answer key

(password protected)

Google Classroom Integration

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CLICK HERE to schedule your one-on-one Question and Answer session with the Maui Digital Bus.


Digital Bus Videos (All videos are linked within student modules. Only highlighted videos shown here)

Virtual Huaka'i (field trips)

The Black-tip Reef Shark

The White-tip Reef Shark

Virtual Dogfish Dissections

External Anatomy

Circulatory System

Digestive System

Nervous System

Skin and Teeth