Since 2014, Ocean Exploration Trust and CITGO have partnered to bring the cutting-edge excitement of ocean exploration and the inspiration of discovery into the classrooms for students in and around Lake Charles, Louisiana, Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lemont, Illinois. This Community STEM Program has inspired thousands of students and community members through live ship-to-shore broadcasts, educator professional development events, at-sea programs, and STEM lessons and activities.
CITGO has supported the development of the Beyond the Wow educational video series.
CITGO’s partnership has supported more than 25 Corps of Exploration members, including:
“This opportunity has enlightened me on the importance of STEM education and its importance in developing careers for the future. It changed my paradigm on ocean exploration, its necessity, and its vital role on the planet as a whole. I will never be the same teacher or the same person. Thank you so much for this life-altering experience.” - Nautilus Ambassador
"Our experience with the Nautilus Live team was nothing short of outstanding. The students were blown away by how applicable their studies were to deep sea exploration and how close and accessible it was to be a part of something as mystifying as Nautilus Live. The (live ship-to-shore interaction) was enlightening as it was entertaining and our audience of 250+ students were captivated throughout the entire show. Our host, Koby was phenomenal in answering all of our questions with depth and swiftness; we could not have asked for a more responsive and amazing team."
"I learned new lessons that are both relevant to my TEKs and exciting for students to learn about the importance of our oceans."
“This [at-sea program] was a remarkable experience. Everyone on the ship was kind, knowledgeable, and made me feel like they honestly liked sharing information about their roles. I learned so much more than I could process at the time while having FUN. THANK YOU!"
“Using OET resources increased my confidence in teaching my science, technology, engineering, math or career pathway subjects and using OET resources increased my awareness of STEM careers"
“I definitely plan to launch the next school year with one or more resources (from OET) to expand students' vision of scientists, engineers, and explorers. From there as we study both ecology and waves there could be connections."
"One of the hardest things to do as a teacher is to give meaning to content that we are teaching. How can students learn if they can’t relate to the topics being covered? OET gives that bridge needed to “catch” the students. It gives the students a unique background into the workings of ocean exploration. With the resources that the OET gives teachers for free, the teachers at Lemont High School (in the midwest) are able to engage and inspire our students to think outside the box like a scientist aboard the Nautilus."
"I truly believe that my exposure to OET and the opportunities they have afforded to me are the reason I am so passionate about STEM education. Every student deserves a chance to imagine the impossible and seek out their passions. Having access to OET means never feeling alone, there is always someone to help bring my STEM dreams alive! It is through their ongoing support that I am able to provide my students with the STEM rich environment."