Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Explorers

A central pillar of Ocean Exploration Trust’s mission is inspiring and motivating the next generation of explorers and STEM professionals.

We host a suite of free educational programs and resources to introduce teachers, students, science centers, and local communities to the excitement of discovery and the role models who push back the boundaries of the unknown and inspire explorers around the world.

Nautilus Educational Impact

Ocean Exploration Trust and E/V Nautilus educational initiatives have connected global learners of all ages with deep sea exploration, science, and technology. Since 2010, notable highlights in our education and outreach programs include:

Ship-to-Shore Interactions hosted over 6,000 live connections reaching over 651,000+ learners in classrooms, science centers, and communities around the world.

Science & Engineering Internships at-sea workforce training for 160 community college, undergraduate, and graduate students studying ocean science, engineering, video, and seafloor mapping.

Science Communication Fellowship embedded 157 formal and informal educators as STEM expedition communicators and storytellers in our team.

Professional Development Workshops trained 600+ educators with inquiry-driven resources to connect K-12 content with real-world research, exploration, and STEM careers.

Corps of Exploration expanded role model mentors to include 1500+ scientists, engineers, educators, students, and mariners. 

Public outreach answered 20,000+ questions last year through the Nautilus livestream question feed.

Expanding STEM representation 70% of 2020 at-sea education program positions awarded to women. 45% of 2020 Science & Engineering interns identify from historically-excluded communities in STEM.

More Education Initiatives

Teachers watch a screen showing Science Communication Fellow Brandon

Live Ship-to-Shore Interactions

Ship-to-shore interactions are one-on-one live video Q&A broadcasts with the Corps of Exploration to learn more about life onboard the ship and the latest discoveries on Earth. Interactions are free to classrooms and camps and scheduled 7 days a week to meet your needs.

Learners in classroom

Virtual Live Events

Publicly available online events connect learners around the world with the topics, technologies, and careers of ocean exploration. Meet our team bringing latest discoveries from expeditions straight to home or school.

London Elementary School has eager curious students ready to become scientists and engineers on EV Nautilus #InspiredbyNautilusLive

Community Education Partnerships

Community partnerships enable our exploration team to broaden our reach to new learners. We provide engaging learning opportunities like the Nautilus Ambassador Program and professional development workshops to build awareness and capacity to increase student interest in STEM education pathways.

Inspired by Nautilus Live

Share how you explore our lessons, programs, and livestreams with #InspiredByNautilusLive or this feedback form.

JFK Elementary 1st graders excelled at the Nautilus penny boat buoyancy challenge

West Oso ISD JFK Elementary 1st graders excelled at the Nautilus penny boat buoyancy challenge!

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