Career Pathways

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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.

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Ocean Exploration Course for Middle School

This guide shares the sequence of suggested activities, lessons & learning modules for a 9 week-long Ocean Exploration class (quarter-long elective), designed for middle school students. It can easily be adapted for an after-school club, a summer program, or a segment of a middle school science course. Lessons can be completed as outlined below, but can also be broken up to accommodate class schedules. The activities are designed for hands-on learning and to facilitate a greater understanding of the need for continued ocean exploration.

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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. 

STEM Learning Module:

One Team

More than 150 explorers sail on Nautilus every year. These students and professionals come from all types of educational backgrounds, hometowns, academic passions, and careers. This lesson introduces students to different roles within the Corps of Exploration and challenges them to connect the team through shared tools used to complete each job. During the live expedition season, supplement this lesson by sending in questions for exploration role models to and join the conversation live.

STEM Learning Module:

Methods of Communication

Examine the many modes of communication used in everyday life and use charades and drawing clues to communicate different ocean exploration terms provided on flashcards. Identifying successes and challenges, students apply their learning to examine at-sea communication for a team of explorers working on the boundary of the unknown in the deep sea. Students will grow their own communication skills and be able to provide recommendations for the best communication technology in different scenarios.

STEM Learning Module:

Remote Sensing

Transform your students into an exploration team by taking on the roles and dynamics of directing an expedition to study a seafloor habitat. Use the module’s provided original art printables to set-up a seafloor to observe using a remotely operated car and camera. Students will take on roles of data loggers, navigators, ROV pilots, and expedition leaders learning about remote sensing technologies, data collection, and teamwork.

Printable seafloor scenes by artist Christina Machinski.

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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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STEM Careers Classroom Warm Up

Classroom Warm-ups: Kick-off any lesson with these one-page, observation-building, problem-solving STEM prompts — whether or not you’re teaching an ocean topic.

You don't need to wear a lab coat to be a scientist! Anyone with an excitement for ocean exploration and discovery can be a part of the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in STEM. Use this warm up to teach your students about the many different STEM careers available to anyone interested in ocean exploration.