Games & Creativity:

Create Your Own Deep Sea Headband

Show off your love of deep-sea creatures and the technology that finds them by wearing them on your head! Color your own headband with your favorite colors and wear the headpiece proudly around your classroom. This easy-to-follow cut-out has 6 different designs from ROV Hercules to crabs and tubeworms. Let your creativity shine with this fun activity you can do at home or in a classroom.

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

At-Home Nautilus Activity Book

Dive into math activities, mazes, coloring pages, writing prompts, and buildable-models to learn about the seafloor and tools of ocean exploration.

Paperback, 32 pages.

Games & Creativity:

Exploration A to Z Flashcards

Explore the vocabulary of exploration from A to Z!  These fun flashcards will introduce learners to creatures, features, and technology from the deep sea in a fun, print-at-home format. Follow the QR code on each card to dive deeper into learning with a Nautilus exploration video or image gallery!

A is for Argus

B is for Basalt

C is for Chemosynthesis

D is for Deep Sea Corals

E is for Explorers

F is for Fangtooth fish

G is for Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid

H is for Hercules

I is for Isopod

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Painting Rainbows On The Seafloor

In this hands-on STEAM activity, students will learn about modern multibeam mapping SONAR technology and the data products created using maps from a 2017 E/V Nautilus expedition to the Revillagigedo Archipelago in Mexico. After examining and interpreting different bathymetric maps produced by the Corps of Exploration, students will paint their own watercolor bathymetry in this art integration activity.

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Explore More Acrostic Poem

Create an acrostic poem, using the phrase ‘Explore More’, as a pathway to building a foundation of understanding about ocean exploration. In an acrostic poem, the letters in a word (or phrase) to start every line of the poem. Together, the lines of the poem describe the main topic of the acrostic and combine to form a message. Lines don’t need to rhyme or have a specific length as long as they all connect back to the primary phrase – in this case, ‘Explore More’.

Design Challenge:


Learners will discuss, research, design, build, and showcase a model ocean exploration device from LEGO bricks or other found materials. Work in teams to research the variety of ocean exploration devices including the tools on E/V Nautilus but don't forget the Build-A-Bot Inspiration Slidedeck for more ideas!  Brainstorm what type of tool learners want to make, what their device will do, and why there is a need for this tool. 

Teaching Animation or Graphic:

ROV Explainer Graphic Poster

Learn about the features of Remotely Operated Vehicles which help the Corps of Exploration understand our ocean world. 

Learn more about the ROVs and different technologies used in the Nautilus Exploration Program here

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Surviving & Thriving in Cold Water

Anywhere in the world, the temperature of most water in the deep ocean is only 39 degrees F. Most seafloor creatures live at that temperature at all times. Most animals ROV Hercules encounters on the seafloor are invertebrates, which do not regulate body temperature like mammals. However, animals that infrequently visit the deep sea, like deep-diving whales, must have adaptations to handle the cold temperatures.

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Migration of Blacktip Sharks

As keystone species, sharks are vital to the ocean ecosystem. With this lesson, using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) students explore animal migration, specifically using the example of Blacktip sharks. Students will dive into an ongoing research mystery examining where Blacktip sharks go and how their numbers are changing, and why blacktips are important to the Gulf of Mexicos ecosystem, and what they can do to try to increase the species declining numbers.