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Mote Marine Laboratory is a world-class, nonprofit, marine research institution located in Sarasota, FL. We provide informal science education to pre-K children through adults, aligning with state and national education standards with a focus on marine research themes through exciting, interactive lessons and authentic research experiences.
Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal care, wildlife conservation and research, education and more.
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. This program became known as SEA Trek. Mote 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.
Mote Marine Laboratory 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 SEAtrek received the Interactive Video Conference Content Provider Award from the International Society for Technology in Education.
Meet our team
Program Manager, Virtual Learning
I've taught marine science at Mote Marine Laboratory for almost 20 years, virtually connecting with hundreds of groups and thousands of students. We strive to bring these virtual explorations to life by using a variety of live animals, dynamic multimedia and authentic artifacts. These lessons have won numerous accolades and awards over the years recognizing the remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at lesson delivery. My hope is to inspire a new generations of marine scientists and ocean enthusiasts no matter where they are on the planet.
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- 📧 seatrek @ mote.org
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Education Specialist II, Virtual Learning
Ross Johnston is from Santa Cruz, California, where he became exposed to marine laboratories from visiting and volunteering at Moss Landing Marine Labs starting from a very young age. Mote Marine Labs is the fifth Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution where Ross has worked, previous organizations include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the American Museum of Natural History, and most recently as the Conservation Interpretation Manager of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
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- 📧 ross @ mote.org
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