Mote’s Ocean Technology Club allows selected students and teachers to explore oceanography, physics, chemistry, electronic circuitry and computer programming through real-world examples and applications—from using robotic underwater autonomous gliders to monitor for harmful algae to building tags to be placed on fish to monitor their behavior. Activities and projects will be conducted under the mentorship of Mote Marine Laboratory researchers.

The club is led by Mote’s Ocean Technology Research and Education programs, with support from the Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program, Fisheries Habitat Ecology, and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS).

Ocean Technology Club members will be selected through a competitive application process and are invited to participate at no cost.


  • Overall, a four month commitment to the club (January-April).
  • Attendance of evening workshops every other Thursday at Mote Marine Laboratory beginning January 18, 2018.
  • Attendance of three Saturday workshops at The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fabrication Lab
  • Attendance of several other weekend activities including field trips to install sensors or day-trip research cruises to deploy oceanographic instrumentation.

The Ocean Technology Club is both a learning experience and a work experience. Students are asked to commit the appropriate time to the regular workshops as well as some outside time to complete their projects. We are accepting approximately 10 new students for the 2017 fall semester.


  • Who is eligible: Students entering grades 9-12 that are highly motivated, enthusiastic and have a high level of interest in STEM activities.
  • Before you apply: We ask you to carefully consider with your family your ability to make the semester long commitment to Mote, your access to consistent transportation to our facility and your ability to dedicate some time outside of our workshops to complete your assignments.
  • Complete this form by November 30th, 2017 to be considered for the 2017 fall session.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email