Teacher Professional Development at Mote

posted Jun 15, 2017, 6:25 AM by Mote Marine Lab   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

Teacher PD at Mote

Teachers of Grades 6-12

Mote Marine Laboratory will host a series of professional development workshops for formal classroom teachers. With these workshops, we hope to help inform and encourage best practices for collaborative teacher professional development integrating science and technology. Participating teachers will gain experience using appropriate technologies and will create multi‐media teaching resources for use in their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will be encouraged to share their new knowledge, resources and lessons with their school colleagues. Workshop content will be aligned with Florida standards, as well as county instructional resources with the ability to meet the specific needs of each school, grade, and class.

Contact: Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski (, 941-388-4441, ext263)

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Adopt an Animal Post

posted Apr 25, 2017, 12:34 PM by Mote Marine Lab   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 1:24 PM ]

Adopt an Animal

Teachers and students love the animals at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Many of you have asked if it is possible for your classroom to adopt an animal at Mote. The answer is, yes!

Our Adopt an Animal program is a fun, easy way to show support. Pick from jellyfish, stingrays, seahorses, manatees, turtles, otters and sharks. Mote’s Adopt an Animal program offers two adoption levels:
  • Our $30 entry level is ideal for individuals looking to give back, this level includes downloadable adoption certificate, a letter from the animal’s caregiver and a photo as a special thanks from Mote.
  • Our $100 level is the perfect gift for a loved one, complete with an adoption kit that includes a personalized adoption certificate, a letter from the animal’s caregiver, a photo of the animal with a fact sheet, an Adopt and Animal window cling and a plush animal toy!
All of the money raised from the Adopt an Animal program directly benefits Mote Aquarium and the animals inside it! For frequently asked questions about our Adopt an Animal program, please click here.
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SeaTrek.TV at #FMSEA17

posted Apr 21, 2017, 12:45 PM by Mote Marine Lab   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 1:24 PM ]

SeaTrek.TV at #FMSEA17

We will be at the Florida Marine Science Educators Association Conference in St. Augustine, FL from May 4-7. Meet Kasey and Jason at #FMSEA17.

The theme of this year's conference is FMSEA on the First Coast: Shining Light on Ocean Literacy. Over 100 marine science educators from across the state will attend plus dozens of exhibitors and special guests. Kasey and Jason will be attending in addition to three other staff from Mote, Miranda Herren, Kiley Gray and Dana Henderson.

Kasey will be leading an Opening Session Panel called Ocean Literacy 101

  • Time: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:30 AM
  • Location: J Building, St. Johns River State College, 2990 College Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084

Panelist include

  • Dr. Mike Allen, University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station
  • Laura Bracken, CARTHE - University of Miami Rosenstiel School
  • Dr. Felicia Coleman, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab
  • Dr. Maia McGuire UF/IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant Agent
  • Dr. Kelly Smith, University of North Florida

Jason will be leading a session called BreakoutEDU - Innovative Platform for Inquiry using Escape Room Strategies in the Classroom

  • Time: Session 1, Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:10 – 11:00 AM
  • Location: Room S 132, St. Johns River State College, 2990 College Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084
  • Audience: G

BreakoutEDU is a student-centered, fun, innovative game adaptable to any subject–including marine science! Modeled on the Escape Room phenomenon, students learn to work under pressure to “break into” a locked box. Solving the puzzles develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills using inquiry-based methods. Students must learn to communicate and work together. This is a hands-on demonstration of the standardized kit and introduction to the teacher materials and a chance to win a free kit!

Miranda will present a session called Mommy and Me at Mote: Corals & Climate Change in Early Childhood

  • Time: Session 3, Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:10 - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Room S 115, St. Johns River State College, 2990 College Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084
  • Audience: Elem

Mommy and Me at Mote is one of Mote Marine Laboratory’s most popular education programs for families with children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Small fry and their favorite adults enjoy learning together about marine science through songs, stories, games, role plays, the use of science tools, and special interactions at Mote Aquarium exhibits. Ocean related topics are brand new each week and focus on the cutting edge research of Mote Marine Laboratory – including coral research in the Red Sea. Join me for an introduction to climate change and ocean acidification for young children beginning their science careers and the teachers and families who nurture them. 

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About SeaTrek.TV

posted Apr 20, 2017, 6:27 AM by Mote Marine Lab   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 7:11 AM ]

About SeaTrek.TV

Each year we deliver more than 500 lessons to more than 17,000 teachers and students around the world.

Mote Marine Laboratory participated in distance learning demonstrations as early as 1994, allowing students 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. This program became known as SeaTrek. SeaTrek brings 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.

SeaTrek.TV has received numerous accolades and awards over it's 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.

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