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Splash down with aquanauts solving challenges big and small at our Aquarius Reef Base. From teacher trainings to group virtual field trips with students to in-person visits from our experts, we are bringing the excitement of undersea research to classrooms everywhere.

Teachers are trained to deploy the Aquarius lessons built on core, standard-alligned concepts learned through real-world challenges and STEAM activities.

Teacher Experiences: Aquarius Trainings

On-site professional development training at Aquarius. Teachers are trained on the Aquarius Mission Manual and take lesson-aligned excursions in the Keys.


Aquarius 1.0

Immersive training held at the Aquarius Reef Base shore facility in Islamorada, FL. Teachers participate in classroom activities and field trips to gain first-hand experience of Florida Keys ecosystems and the tools that are used to study them. Teachers are equipped to implement the Academy curriculum.


Aquarius 2.0
Dive In

Teachers build on knowledge gained in 1.0 training. Activities consist of morning classroom instruction, afternoon diving field trips and an overnight stay aboard the Aquarius Reef Base. (SCUBA certification is required for this experience.)

Student Experiences: Supplemental Content + Video Chats

Students get a chance to engage researchers and ask their questions through video chats and exclusive visits from Aquarius aquanauts.


Tier 1
Mission Manual

Purchasing at the per student rate gives access to the Mission Manual (including lessons, presentations, FIU data sets and publications) in addition to two experiences:

  • One day interactive, virtual trainer workshop.
  • Meet the Scientist group chat connects students with experts.


Tier 2
Group Virtual Field Trip

Connect with aquanauts on board the Aquarius Reef Base to hear first-hand what it's like to live and work 60 feet beneath the surface.

Chat scheduled based on availability and will include a 30-minute session with up to nine other classes/schools.


Tier 3
Aquanaut Visit

Bring an FIU Aquanaut to your classroom for an in-person discussion of Aquarius Reef Base and the work conducted there.

Presentation will include a sneak peek of the latest projects at Aquarius. Includes one day on location with private interaction for participating students and teachers.

2020-21 Availability

Want to schedule an experience? Below are current available dates, reach out for updated dates. Spots are limited.