Education

Explore From Home

Using the power of telepresence, Ocean Exploration Trust connects learners around the world with exciting events diving into the topics, technologies, and careers in ocean exploration. Programs introduce learners to professional explorers from the Corps of Exploration and bring the latest discoveries from expeditions straight to audiences whether at home or in school.

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The Explore @ Home learning series dives into STEM topics in ocean exploration with our team and introduces relevant OET educational resources, highlighting easy-to-follow at-home activities to reinforce learning for student audience members.

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Meet the Team student and career features are interactive opportunities to meet early career professionals who study and work in ocean science, technology, and engineering. Learn about their pathways and explore the many possibilities in STEM careers!

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Next on Nautilus expedition overviews feature the latest updates from the 2020 Nautilus expedition in the Eastern Pacific. Join our team to recap thrilling discoveries and preview science and technology developments you can see on Nautilus Live.

Upcoming Events

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National Marine Sancturary Webinar: Explore Deep-Sea Coral Communities off the West Coast in Real Time without Going to Sea

Tuesday, September 29th at 12 pm Hawai'i / 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Join the OET team in the National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series discussing a series of expeditions planned along the North American West Coast this fall.  Learn about deep-sea coral resources that are available from NOAA Sanctuaries for teachers and students to understand these important deep-sea communities and opportunities to explore alongside researchers during the expedition.  

Register to attend this event. 

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Meet the Team: Tiny microplastics in the big deep sea with Taylorann Smith

Wednesday, September 30th at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT

Did you know there are plastic materials in the ocean the human eye can't see? Tiny pieces and particles of plastics called microplastics. Taylorann Smith, an Ocean Science Intern alumna and Science Manager-in Training on E/V Nautilus researches how microplastics affect ocean ecosystems and overall health and will be trialing new deepsea sampling techniques this year. Learn about her graduate school project in the Ecological Oceanography lab at California State University at Northridge, and how she hopes to incorporate her interests and background into her future career.

Tune in LIVE on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. Viewers on all platforms will be able to type in questions for the presenters live.

This event developed in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

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Next on Nautilus: National Marine Sanctuaries in Central California  

Monday, October 5th  at  10 am HT / 1 pm PDT / 4 pm EDT  

Details coming soon!

Tune in LIVE on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. Viewers on all platforms will be able to type in questions for the presenters live.

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Explore @ Home: Corals in the Darkness with Carina Fish and Dr. Steve Auscavitch

Friday, October 9th  at 10 am HT / 1 pm PDT / 4 pm EDT

Picture a coral. Did you imagine something tropical and sunshiney?  Dive in to explore the corals who live their life in total darkness and frigid temperatures of the deep sea.  Learn how they are similar and different to their tropical relatives. Meet two members of the Corps of Exploration Carina Fish and Dr. Steve Auscavitch as they take us on a journey to learn about these ancient habitat builders in the dark.

Tune in LIVE on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. Viewers on all platforms will be able to type in questions for the presenters live.

This event developed in partnership with CITGO.

Past Events

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Next on Nautilus: 2020 Expedition Overview

Tuesday, September 1st

OET is proud to share the launch of our 2020 expedition season! Join this live, virtual event with the E/V Nautilus Corps of Exploration for a preview of where the team will explore this season and new updates and capabilities for E/V Nautilus this season. Viewers will be able to type in their questions on Facebook and YouTube for the presenters, Dr. Nicole Raineault and Samantha Wishnak of the Ocean Exploration Trust. This event previews how you can participate in our first 2020 expedition, mapping the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States along the western coast. 

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube.

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Meet the Team: Making Maps with Manny & Alex

Wednesday, September 2nd 

How do we even start when exploring a new area? Step one is always to make a map! Meet two Seafloor Mapping alumni as they discuss how mappers reveal landscapes on the seafloor, how much of the world remains yet to be mapped, and how they discovered their STEM careers. Join Corps of Exploration members Manny Byas and Alexandra Dawson as they answer questions about their paths onto E/V Nautilus and into first few years of their careers, favorite discovery moments from sea, and tips for how students can get involved now in this type of field. 

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube.

This event developed in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

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Meet the Team: Opening Doors to Deep Sea Research with Moronke Harris 

Thursday, September 10th at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT

Moronke Harris grew up in the landlocked portion of a mid-continent province, but her curiosity has carried her to the seafloor studying the fascinating communities of microbes and animals who survive and thrive in the extreme environments of hydrothermal vents. Join in this conversation with Moronke as she begins her first year of graduate school to learn about her unique path from science-enthusiast to scientist and her vent field research on the seafloor in British Columbia.  

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube.

This event developed in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

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Explore @ Home: Underwater Robots and the Engineers who Fly Them

Tuesday, September 15th at  9 am PDT / 12 pm EDT

How can scientists conduct science at ocean depths where human bodies cannot go? How do the underwater robots safely use electricity underwater?  What’s a pilot’s favorite part of flying a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)?  Join us to learn about the robotic tools used to explore the ocean off of E/V Nautilus, led by Corps of Exploration ROV pilots and engineers Dr. Gabrielle Inglis and Jessica Sandoval. Learn how they discovered their passion for engineering, their latest projects, and where they see the future of ROV technology heading. The event will also feature fun at-home activities to try to boost your engineering and design skills. 

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube

This event developed in partnership with CITGO.

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Next on Nautilus: Microbes, Methane, and Medicine from the Deep Sea 

Thursday, September 17th  at  8 am HT / 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT

Off the coast of Washington State, more than 2000 naturally-occurring methane seeps have been identified over the past decade! These extreme marine ecosystems fuel seafloor life, including thriving chemosynthetic communities with deep-sea bacteria that may be used for medicinal purposes. Learn more about how our team is working with researchers from Oregon State University, funded by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, to study this unique environment.

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube.

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Next on Nautilus: Dive in at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Tuesday, September 22nd at  9 am HDT / 12 pm PDT / 3 pm EDT

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a biologically diverse and ecologically rich region that encompasses nearly 3,200 square miles of coastal and ocean habitats along the wild, remote and scenic Olympic Coast of Washington State. Learn more about how our team is working with researchers from OCNMS and the Quinault Indian Nation to study coral, sponge, and fish communities in deep sea canyons, and communities thriving near methane seeps.

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube

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Explore @ Home: Meteorites from Outer Space to Inner Space

Thursday, September 24th at  8 am HT/ 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT

What happens when space rocks fall down to Earth? What can these space rocks, meteors, tell us about our own planet or other planets and stars? In 2018 OET and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary teamed up with NASA to hunt for a meteor that fell from space into the ocean off the coast of Washington. Join us as we learn more about the expedition then and now from Marc Fries, NASA’s cosmic dust curator, a specialist studying meteors. Learn about the challenge of finding space rocks on the seafloor and what tools are used to make these amazing discoveries.

Rewatch this recorded live event on Facebook or YouTube.

This event developed in partnership with CITGO.