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Jr. Ocean Clean Up

Using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) students will learn about human impacts on the ocean environment. Learners will explore how trash impacts marine life, and how they can reduce their impacts, even if they don't live near the ocean shore. The Nautilus team has discovered trash on the seafloor around the world and teams have discovered garbage even in the Marianas Trench. Engage your learners in becoming environmental stewards with a hands-on challenge to design a tool to clean various pollutants from a waterway.

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Shapes Of The Seafloor

Using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) students will gain an understanding of why seafloor mapping is a valuable tool in ocean exploration. With Play-Doh and shoe boxes, students will create their own simulated seafloor and use skewers to measure various depths to resemble what an ocean floor would look like. This unit connects well to learning topographic maps and landforms.

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Tools Of The Trade

Introduce your students to ships of exploration and some of the technology at sea using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate). Using videos and various websites, students will look at the differences between Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomously Operated Vehicles. Extending this lesson, use every day items like scissors, toothpicks, and magnets, to design and build a model crane and pulley system like the one E/V Nautilus uses to launch ROV Hercules and ROV Argus for expeditions.

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Exploring E/V Nautilus

Using the 5 Es (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) this lesson dives into the various jobs and activities of ocean explorers on E/V Nautilus. Using videos, photos, and STEM career role model pages, students will learn about oceanography and marine biology careers. This lesson allows students to play the game "Simon Says" while learning about the different ship positions.

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Chemistry of Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is the superpower that some animals can make their own light using chemical reactions. Explore the concepts in a glowstick lab and learn more about the STEM career of an Environmental Chemist - a specialist who sees reactions in the real-world.

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Corps of Exploration Career Quiz

Deep sea discoveries made by E/V Nautilus wouldn't be possible without the many people that make up our Corps of Exploration. Our team is made up of people from all background, including Crewmembers, Data Engineers, Data Loggers, Scientists, ROV Pilots, Navigators, Communicators, Expedition Leaders, Seafloor Mappers, and Video Engineers.

Take our career quiz to determine what ocean exploration job is the right fit for you!

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Deep Sea Wonders of the Caribbean eBook

Little about the deep-sea environment has been known until just over a century ago. Dr. Judith F. Gobin, Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine, joined researches aboard E/V Nautilus in 2013 and 2014 to explore four deep-sea cold seeps surrounded by a multitude and variety of sea life found 130 kilometers (81 miles) off of the east coast of Trinidad.

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Whale Fall 3D Model

Here 3D photogrammetric reconstruction of whalefall discovered at the bottom of the ocean near the Davidson Sea Mount off of Monterey Bay, CA. The species of this whale is still being determined, but it is speculated to be a young Grey or Humpback Whale, which are often predated upon by Killer Whales in the area. The whale is approximately 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) in length and was found at a depth of over 3000 meters (9,800 feet).

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Exploration Vocabulary en Español

Our bilingual Corps of Exploration allows for ocean explorers from around the world to tune in and participate in deep-sea discovery. Deepen your understanding of commonly used words and phrases aboard EV Nautilus with our Exploration Vocabulary List en Español.