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Interactive learning awaits! Nauticus has developed virtual education programs for early learners to high school learners. Meet our educators in real time and dive in to S.T.E.M. topics and fun activities. All content is aligned with Virginia SOL requirements.

At Nauticus

 

Nauticus is full of expert educators who share your commitment to inspiring young minds and connect with classroom curriculum through engaging hands-on S.T.E.M. programs as well as providing insight into S.T.E.M. and maritime careers. Our programs are a great way to enhance your field trip to Nauticus. 

On Your Campus

 

We know that going off campus for field trips can be difficult. That’s why our outreach educators lead highly engaging programs that can come directly to your school. 

About our Education Programs

  • Can be held virtually, at Nauticus or on your campus.
  • 45 – 50 mins in length, except where otherwise noted.
  • Programs can accommodate the following number of students:
    • Virtual Programs – 50 Students (or 2 classes)
    • At Nauticus – Capacity based on program selection
    • On your campus – 30 students

2020 – 2021 In Person & Outreach Education Programs 

Early Learners
  • Dolphins, Whales & Sharks, OH MY!      Take a closer look at who lives beneath the surface of the sea! Students will learn how marine animals move, how big and small they are, how they eat, and how they use sound. We complete the program with a picture book on marine animal life. Virginia Foundation Blocks: Literacy 1, 2; Mathematics 3, 4, 5, 6; Science 1, 2, 3, 5 

  • Weather & Me      How do different types of weather affect us? Let’s learn about it together with a matching game, a look at some weather tools and a picture book on different types of weather. Virginia Foundation Blocks: Literacy 1, 2; Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; Science 1, 6, 7
  • Science Matters     Is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas? Let’s find out together! Educator will use hands on experiments to teach students about the states of matter. Our program will end with the reading of a picture book on the states of matter. Virginia Foundation Blocks: Literacy 1, 2, 5; Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Science 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Wacky & Wonderful Water     Water is so cool! Let us show your students just how neat it is, with experiments in buoyancy, water capillarity, light refraction and more. Our program will complete with the reading of a picture book about water properties. Virginia Foundation Blocks: Literacy 1, 2, 5; Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Science 1, 2, 3, 5
Grades K - 5
  • Risky “Wisky” Weather     How cool would it be to forecast the weather on a Battleship? Students will learn how weather can affect ship performance. They will learn about the instruments an Aerographer’s Mate would use on the Battleship and they will even collect their own data while testing the instruments themselves. Virginia SOL’s: Science – K.1, K.9, 1.1, 1.7, 2.1, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 4.1, 4.6, 5.1; History – K.2, K.3, K.6, VS.1

  • Seeing the Sea     Learn all about marine animals: how they move, how they eat, how they use sound & how they see. Students will enjoy this interactive look at our awesome ocean friends! Virginia SOL’s: Science – K1, K3, K4, K6, K7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 5.1, 5.5. 5.6

  • Simple Machines Made Simple     Simple machines are hard at work all around us! In this program, students will identify and locate the six standard types of simple machines on the Battleship Wisconsin. Virginia SOL’s: Science – K.1, K.2, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2,  4.1

  • Our Changing Climate    Take a look at how thermal expansion, glacial melting work, and more. Learn the causes and effects of sea level rise and what you can do to help! Virginia SOL’s: Science – k.1, K.11, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.8, 5.9

  • Do You See What I See?     Check out what lives right in our backyard! The Elizabeth River is full of marine life we can easily see, but there’s also a whole world too small to view with the naked eye. Students will use a variety of technology to get a closer look at the hidden creatures in our local waters. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.9

 

Grades 6-12
  • Climate Change Lab     Interactive experiments on thermal expansion, glacial melting, and more. Learn the causes and effects of sea level rise and what you can do to help! Resiliency is key as our area looks to the future. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 6.1, 6.4, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, LS.1, LS.5, LS.7, LS.9, LS.11, PS.1,  PS.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.6, ES.8, ES.10, BIO.1, CH.1, PH.1
  • Living River, Hidden World     The Elizabeth River is full of marine life we can easily see, but there’s also a whole world too small to view with the naked eye. How do these flora and fauna fit into our local marine environment? What are some harmful pollutants that may hinder this environment? Students will use a variety of technology to get a closer look at these hidden creatures. Virginia SOL’s: Science –  6.1, 6.8, 6.9, L.S.1, L.S.5, L.S.6, LS 8, L.S.9, L.S.11, P.S.1, E.S.1, E.S.6, E.S.10, BIO.1, BIO.2, BIO.8, CH.1
  • Marine Life 101     Learn about how ocean animals move, eat, use sound, see. Students will learn about the various social structures these animals have, the many ways they reproduce, and how scientists use tagging and tracking to learn about these behaviors. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 6.1, L.S.1, L.S.4, L.S. 6, L.S.7, L.S.8, L.S.9, L.S.11, P.S.1, P.S.6, E.S.1, BIO.1, BIO.8, Ph.1, PH.6
  • Weather & the Sea     Learn all about barometric pressure and how to read a weather map. Students will also learn about what storms form from changes in pressure and will do an investigation (including piecing together a timeline) on a historical weather event that the Battleship Wisconsin survived. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 6.1, 6.6, 6.7, LS.1, PS.1, ES.1, ES.12, BIO.1; History – USI.1, USII.1, USII.8, CE.1, VUS.1
Workshops (4 Programs)
  • Weather Workshop     Observe, feel and record the weather! Track a hurricane and learn weather trivia as your students play the Hurricane Adventure Game. Learn about weather instruments and learn how to record the data from them. Then spend some time checking out extreme weather datasets on NOAA’s Science On a Sphere! Virginia SOL’s: Science – 2.1, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 6.1, 6.7, LS.1, PS.1, ES.1, ES.12, BIO.1; History –VS.1, USI.1, USII.1, USII.8, CE.1, VUS.1

  • Watershed Workshop     Is the water in your backyard healthy? Discover how we are all connected to our watershed by examining our aquatic habitat. This program introduces students to the role watersheds play in our lives through water quality testing, an interactive watershed model and an awesome trivia game. Virginia SOL’s: Science –  2.1, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 4.1, 4.4,  4.8, 5.1,  5.9, 6.1, 6.8, 6.9, LS.1, LS.8, LS.9, PS.1, ES.1, ES.6, ES.8, ES.10, BIO.1, BIO.2, CH.1

  • Robotics Workshop     Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) are the cutting-edge technology used to explore the ocean. Learn what ROV’s are used for, investigate a shipwreck, and build your own ROV to test it out in this 90-minute workshop! Virginia SOL’s: Science – 5.1, 6.1, PS.1, PS.6, PH.1, PH.2, PH.4, PH.9; History – WHI.1, WHII.1, WHII.2

  • Under the Sea Workshop     Everything you want to know about ocean science is in this hands-on workshop. Learn about adaptations ocean animals have to survive, as well as an opportunity for dissection, and tour our tanks while completing a fun scavenger hunt. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, L.S.1, LS.3, L.S.5, L.S.6, L.S7, L.S.8, L.S. 9, L.S.10, L.S.11, P.S.1, P.S.6, E.S.1, BIO.1, BIO.8, Ph.1

2020 – 2021 Virtual Education Programs

(Note – Early Learner virtual programs are 30mins)

Early Learners
  • Play in the Bay!  Take a closer look at who lives beneath the surface of the sea and study the fascinating animals that live in our Chesapeake Bay! Students will learn how marine animals move, how big and small they are, how they eat, and how they use sound. This experience will include a virtual animal encounter with some local species we have at Nauticus and an interactive activity for our learners to do at home!  Virginia Foundation Blocks: Literacy 1, 2; Mathematics 3, 4, 5, 6; Science 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

     

  • Sink or Swim  How is it possible that a Navy ship floats but a tiny penny sinks immediately? How do sharks and other animals travel through the water? Learn all about buoyancy through this interactive experiment that will allow our learners to test and explore themselves! Virginia Foundation Blocks: Literacy 1, 2; Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Science 1, 2, 3, 5
Grades K-5
  • What’s in the Chesapeake?  Learn about the fascinating species that live in the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. Students will learn about the local species we have at Nauticus and then make their own field guides based on first hand observations from their own backyards! Virginia SOL’s: Science- K.5, K.6, K.7, 1.4, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

  • Mess-y Math on BB64 Put your math skills to the test while experiencing life as a WW2 mess cook on the Battleship Wisconsin! We will learn about life during the 1940s and how our sailors were able to eat healthy while out at sea thanks to the skill of trained Navy cooks! Students will walk away with their own WW2 recipe! VA SOL’s: Math- 3.4, 3.3, 4.4, 4.8, 5.5, 5.6 History- K.1, K.8, K.10, 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.11

  • Stormy Seas and Ocean Breeze      How cool would it be to forecast the weather on a Battleship? Students will learn how weather can affect ship performance. They will learn about the instruments an Aerographer’s Mate would use on the Battleship and they will even collect their own data with a weather instrument they build themselves. Virginia SOL’s: Science – K.1, K.9, 1.1, 1.7, 2.1, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 4.1, 4.6, 5.1; History – K.2, K.3, K.6, VS.1

  • Create a Critter Learn all about marine animals: how they move, how they eat, how they use sound & how they see. Students will enjoy this interactive look at our awesome ocean friends as they use what they’ve learned to design a fish themselves! Virginia SOL’s: Science – K1, K3, K4, K6, K7, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.7, 5.1, 5.5. 5.6

  • What Floats Your Boat? How is it possible that a ship as large as the Battleship Wisconsin stays afloat but a tiny penny sinks immediately? Learn all about buoyancy through this interactive experiment that will put your design and engineering skills to work! Virginia SOL’s: Science- K1, 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1

  • The Melt Down   We will learn all about climate change by taking a look at thermal expansion, glacial melting work, ocean acidification, and more. Learn the causes and effects of sea level rise and what you can do to help! Virginia SOL’s: Science – k.1, K.11, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.8, 5.9

  • Microscopic Magic  Check out what lives right in our backyard! The Elizabeth River is full of marine life we can easily see, but there’s also a whole world too small to view with the naked eye. Students will use a variety of methods to get a closer look at the hidden creatures in our local waters, even building a tool that they can use at home! Virginia SOL’s: Science – 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.9
Grades 6-12
  • Nature Journaling  Take a minute to stop and observe your surroundings! This course will inspire students to get in touch with the environment in their own backyards through the art of nature journaling. Bring your notebooks and your favorite drawing supplies! Virginia SOL’s: Science- 6.8, 6.9, LS.5, LS.6, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.11, BIO.6, BIO.7, BIO.8, ES.6, ES.8, ES.10, ES.12

  • Food for Thought Put your math skills to the test as you navigate the trials and tribulations of being a WW2 cook in the Navy. We will learn about life during the 1940s, social issues, and more by discussing the skilled Navy cooks that served aboard the Battleship Wisconsin! Students will walk away with their own WW2 recipe! Virginia SOLs:  Math – 6.1, 6.5, 6.12, 7.1,7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 8.4, A.1, A.4; History – GOVT.9, USII.1, USII.6, USII.7, USII.8, USII.9, CE.1, VUS.1, VUS.11, VUS.13,

  • Climate Science Made Simple     Interactive experiments on thermal expansion, glacial melting, and more. Learn the causes and effects of sea level rise and what you can do to help! Resiliency is key as our area looks to the future. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 6.1, 6.4, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, LS.1, LS.5, LS.7, LS.9, LS.11, PS.1,  PS.6, ES.1, ES.2, ES.6, ES.8, ES.10, BIO.1, CH.1, PH.1

  • Micro & Macro Mysteries     The Elizabeth River is full of marine life we can easily see, but there’s also a whole world too small to view with the naked eye. How do these flora and fauna fit into our local marine environment? What are some harmful pollutants that may hinder this environment? Students will build a tool to get a closer look at these hidden creatures! Virginia SOL’s: Science –  6.1, 6.8, 6.9, L.S.1, L.S.5, L.S.6, LS 8, L.S.9, L.S.11, P.S.1, E.S.1, E.S.6, E.S.10, BIO.1, BIO.2, BIO.8, CH.1 

  • Simple Machines at Work!    Some machines that seem complicated can actually be very simple to make from objects in your own home! Join us in this exploration of engineering and design as we make catapults using household items. In this program, students will identify and use the six standard types of simple machines. Virginia SOL’s: Science – K.1, K.2, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2,  4.1 

  • Engineer a Fish!     Learn about how ocean animals move, eat, use sound, see. Students will learn about the various social structures these animals have, the many ways they reproduce, and how scientists use tagging and tracking to learn about these behaviors. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 6.1, L.S.1, L.S.4, L.S. 6, L.S.7, L.S.8, L.S.9, L.S.11, P.S.1, P.S.6, E.S.1, BIO.1, BIO.8, Ph.1, PH.6

  • WW2 Weather on the Wisky     Learn all about barometric pressure and how to read a weather map, even designing and building your own weather instrument! Students will also learn about what storms form from changes in pressure and will do an investigation on a historical weather event that the Battleship Wisconsin survived. Virginia SOL’s: Science – 6.1, 6.6, 6.7, LS.1, PS.1, ES.1, ES.12, BIO.1; History – USI.1, USII.1, USII.7, USII.8, CE.1, VUS.1 

 

Title 1 Schools & Nauticus Student Access Program

Nauticus offers financial assistance to qualifying schools for Museum field trips and educational programming.

For more information about Field Trips and On Your Campus visits, please contact us at 757-664-1034 or by email.