Mote is pleased to announce that the SEA Trek program has received another Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). The Pinnacle Award is given annually by CILC to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators for creating live, virtual field trip experiences. The award recognizes the remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery with high educational value that actively involves learners at their level.

SEA Trek has received numerous accolades and awards over its twenty-year history, including numerous Pinnacle Awards. In 2020, Mote Marine Laboratory was inducted into the first annual CILC Pinnacle Hall of Fame Award for Content Providers, recognizing the program for over 10 years of quality programming.

The Pinnacle Award is the highest recognition for engaging learners across the globe given by the CILC community.

“We have always had the goal of making education and the magic of learning here at Mote something that can be utilized by anyone,” said Mote’s Program Manager for Virtual Learning, Jason Robertshaw. “The value of this award is that it is based on direct feedback from teachers so we know are programs are making a difference.”

SEA Trek topics range from learning about sharks and sea turtles to featuring special lessons regarding careers in marine biology along with tours of some of our largest exhibits. The classes are based on more than 60 years of marine research taking place at Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Education creates virtual lessons using a combination of interactive science gameshows, green screen effects and live animals. These programs hope to spark STEM curiosity while making conservation connections among students.

“Jason is such a passionate educator,” said Mote’s Director of Education, Elaina Wheaton, “this award is another testament to his hard work and dedication to excellence.” In 2017, Mote received the Interactive Video Conference Content Provider Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. All awards have been under the guidance of Robertshaw, who has been working at Mote since 2001.

The SEA Trek program is aligned with State and National Science standards and includes free supplemental media and lesson plans. 30 or 60-minute segments are offered for Pre-K through 12th grade along with Lifelong Learners. Robertshaw offers free technology checks and charges based on booking and not the number of participants.

About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, based in Sarasota, Florida, has conducted marine research since its founding as a small, one-room laboratory in 1955. Since then, Mote has grown to encompass more than 20 research and conservation programs that span the spectrum of marine science: sustainable aquaculture systems designed to alleviate growing pressures on wild fish populations; red tide research that works to inform the public and mitigate the adverse effects of red tide with innovative technologies; marine animal science, conservation and rehabilitation programs dedicated to the protection of animals such as sea turtles, manatees and dolphins; and much more. Mote Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is open 365 days per year. Learn more at or connect with @motemarinelab on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration:

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting young minds to unique and diverse content through virtual learning, breaking down educational access barriers, and narrowing the opportunity gap for underserved communities. Founded in 1994, CILC has been credited as an innovative leader in the field of distance learning before “remote learning” and “virtual field trips” were catchphrases. Over the years, CILC has developed hundreds of partnerships with organizations including museums, zoos, science as well as performing art centers and delivered 113,000 global programs to 3.5 million learners worldwide. CILC is committed to changing lives by making learning accessible, regardless of physical location or financial means. For more information about CILC, please visit