We bring the ocean to you

SEA Trek virtual field trips are live, two-way, interactive experiences between your school or organization and our laboratory in Florida. We can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us. Lessons are based on the 60+ years of marine research at our lab. Options are available in 30 and 60 minute lengths for PreK-12th grades as well as Lifelong Learners.

If you have a computer, internet connection and a webcam, you can connect to us.

For more information about the programs below, contact:

 


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(941) 388-2904
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EDUCATOR FREEVIEW

We come to you live, from our distance learning studio featuring professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Get a free preview of our award-winning virtual learning programs. A great way to introduce virtual learning to teachers and professionals. Go behind-the-scenes with SEA Trek and learn how to bring Mote's research, animals, and exhibits to your learners. Discover the many affordable, easy-to-use technology options available for making Virtual Field Trips.

  • Recommended for: Adult (College), Adult (School Teachers/Admins; etc), Adult (Public; Library; Senior Center; Lifelong Learning, etc.
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $0 free

 


Mote SEA Trek: SEA Me Read Series

SEA ME READ SERIES

We read a fictional story aloud with your learners and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.
Options for PK–3rd grades. up to 30 minutes.

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SCHEDULING HELP:
(941) 388-2904
seatrek@mote.org

Smiley Shark

Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Before your connection: go on our Flipgrid Shark Photo Safari: https://flipgrid.com/f837fdf3
  • Price: $80

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Clumsy Crab

Snip, snap, clip, clap! Nipper the Crab hates his huge clumsy claws. Read along with us as we find out how useful Clumsy’s claws can be. In this videoconference. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible. Made possible by a generous grant from the Kates Foundation.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80

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If A Dolphin Were A Fish

Join Delfina the dolphin as she imagines that she becomes other animals. Readers will watch Delfina become a fish with gills, a sea turtle laying eggs, a pelican with feathers, an octopus without bones, a shark with a sense of smell and even a vegetarian manatee. The incredible “morphing” illustrations will have children laughing as they learn about the real differences between these animals! Join us on this ocean adventure as we discover what makes a mammal a mammal and how creatures have adapted to live in the sea. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80

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Shark Baby

Spring into virtual learning and go on an ocean egg hunt with us. When Shark Baby’s egg case is torn loose in a storm, he goes on a journey across kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He needs to find the “mermaid” to find out where he belongs. Will he find his way back? Read along with us to find out. We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension. A special thanks to Arbordale Publishing for making this lesson possible.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–9 (K–3rd)
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80

 


Mote SEA Trek: Science Series

SCIENCE SERIES

We come to you live, from our distance learning studio, using a combination of science gameshows, green screen effects and live animals. These programs will spark STEM curiosity while making conservation connections.
Options for 3rd–12th grades and lifelong learners. up to 30 or 60 minutes long.

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Shark Science

How smart are you about sharks? Take our interactive quiz show to uncover the mysteries and discover the truths about these fascinating creatures. In this lesson we introduce the learners to the diversity and adaptations of sharks.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Before your connection: go on our Flipgrid Shark Photo Safari: https://flipgrid.com/f837fdf3
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160

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Sea Turtle Science

Learners participate in a interactive video lesson about sea turtles through a guided game show format. This is followed by an open Q&A chat with our ocean expert. Students will learn about general reptile characteristics and the different species of sea turtles. Student will also learn where sea turtles live and nest and their basic adaptations to marine life. Finally students will learn why sea turtles are threatened and what conservation measures are being taken to protect them.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Before your connection: go on our Flipgrid Sea Turtle Hospital Tour: https://flipgrid.com/684a9642
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160

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Manatee Science

Do you know how to train a 3000-pound relative of the elephant? Find out how Mote Marine Laboratory cares for Hugh and Buffett, our resident manatees, and learn how big and smart they are. Students will learn the basic characteristics of mammals and the adaptations of manatees. Students will also learn how our biologist care for manatees and what conservation efforts are being made for wild populations.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Before your connection: go on our Flipgrid Manatee Virtual Visit: https://flipgrid.com/4b87f314
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160

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Coral Science

Why are coral reefs important? Discover the value of coral reefs to wildlife and how important they are to people too. Through a guided game format, learners participate in a media-rich, interactive video lesson about coral reefs. This is followed by an open Q&A chat with our ocean expert.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 08–18 (3rd–12th)
  • Duration: available either as a 30 or 60 minute program
  • Price: 30 min, $80 / 60 min, $160

 


Mote SEA Trek: SEA Me Read Series

EXPLORATION SERIES

Using our portable distance learning studio, we take you directly to the animals, exhibits and habitats around Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
Limited Availability: EXPLORATION SERIES tours are currently available only on Wednesdays or Fridays, between 8:30 am–9:45 am ET. Our thanks to The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for making this series possible.

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Shark Zone Tour

This tour is focused on shark research and care at Mote Aquarium. We begin with a review of the history of shark research at the lab. Then we watch a demonstration of shark husbandry and training with our biologists from atop our 135,000 gallon exhibit. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Experts. Shark Zone Tours are currently available only on Wednesdays or Fridays, between 8:30 am–9:45 am ET. Feedings usually begin at 9:30 am ET but are subject to change. We will provide as much notice as possible about any changes. Segments may vary due to weather and veterinary priorities. We will make every effort to deliver the segments as described but may use a combination of live and recorded video when required.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): Recommended for ages 11–14. Can be differentiated for ages 8-10 or 15-18+ or lifelong learners.
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Objectives: Students will watch a live shark training and feeding session; learn about the history of shark research and technologies used at our lab; identify reasons for training sharks and other animals in human care; develop an appreciation for sharks and their important ecological roles; compare up to three stewardship actions they can take to help shark conservation.
  • Price: $80

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Sea Monster Tour

Peek into this ancient world—87-70 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous—thanks to the special exhibit–Savage Ancient Seas–featuring replicated skeletons cast from the real fossils of extinct ocean animals. Limited Availability: SEA MONSTER TOURS are currently available through December, 2020 between 8:30 am–9:30 am ET or 5:00 pm–6:00 pm ET, Monday–Friday or Saturdays, 9:00 am–9:30 am ET.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): Recommended for ages 11–14. Can be differentiated for ages 8-10 or 15-18+ or lifelong learners.
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Objectives: Students will identify the geological timescale of the Savage Ancient Seas exhibit. Identify at least three main types of marine reptiles featured in the exhibit. Recognize characteristics that distinguish marine reptiles from dinosaurs and birds. Review the process of fossilization. Examine examples of convergent evolution.  Relate the extinction of ancient marine life to the conservation challenges faced by modern marine animals.
  • Price: $80

 


SPOTLIGHT SERIES

We come to you live, from our distance learning studio featuring specialty marine science topics.
Options for 3rd–12th grades and lifelong learners. Up to 60 minutes long.

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SEA Science At Work

Marine Careers. Beginning in 1955 with Dr. Eugenie Clark’s foundation of shark research, Mote is now more than 200 employees strong, including more than 30 Ph.D. scientists. We conduct groundbreaking research with more than 20 diverse research programs focusing on today’s challenges as well as identifying and addressing future impacts. The advancement of this kind of research is vital to unlocking potential solutions to some of today’s most daunting global challenges.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): 11–18 (6th–12th) + Lifelong Learners
  • Duration: up to 60 minutes
  • Objectives: Students will learn about marine science and aquarium careers and what it takes to work in these fascinating fields.
  • Price: $212.50

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Shark Training

Dive into our aquarium for a simulated shark training session.. This lesson is focused on shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Using a combination of pre-recroded and live shark cam video, we go on a virtual tour of our 135,000 shark habitat. After an overview of shark husbandry and training, we discuss the research technology we use to study sharks. We end with a Question and Answer session with our Ocean Expert.

  • Recommended for Ages (Grades): Recommended for ages 11–14. Can be differentiated for ages 8-10 or 15-18+ or lifelong learners.
  • Duration: up to 30 minutes
  • Price: $80

 


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Free Tech Check

We want to make this the best experience possible for you. Request a free Tech Check and we will test your connectivity, audio and video. We can also give you a brief preview of our award-winning lessons.

 


About SEA Trek

Mote Marine Laboratory participated in distance learning demonstrations as early as 1994, allowing learners at sites as far away as England to drive an underwater drone in Mote Aquarium's shark habitat. In 1996, Mote began its own distance learning program, bringing high-energy, multimedia science lessons right into the classroom using interactive video technology. Our lessons feature the research of actual scientists working at the lab with interviews showing how their interests led them to their careers.

SEA Trek has received numerous accolades and awards over its twenty year history, including numerous Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Award is given annually by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators. The award recognizes remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery. We thank all of our customers for their support in making this possible. In 2017, Mote received the Interactive Video Conference Content Provider Award from the International Society for Technology in Education.

 


Attention Sarasota Teachers!

Bring learning to life with explorations from Mote Marine Laboratory. Our ExploreSRQ listings are eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, as well as the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Find out how to fund your virtual field trip.

A SEA ME READ lesson delivered from Mote's distance learning studio.
A SEA Trek Exploration Series program using the mobile distance learning studio.