This fall we will livestream from our 135,000 gallon shark habitat. Meet our STEM experts and learn about marine life at Mote Aquarium.
We are ⚠️ pilot testing a FREE Skype Video Group Chat on Tuesday, 11/5/2019, from 9:00 am–9:30 am ET (A/V check-in from 8:45am-9:00 am).
- Format: Skype Group Video Chat (up to 6 interactive sites)
- Age (Grade): 08-09 (3rd), 09-10 (4th), 10-11 (5th), 11-12 (6th), 12-13 (7th), 13-14 (8th), 14-15 (9th), 15-16 (10th), 16-17 (11th), 17-18 (12th), Adult (College), Adult (Public; Library; Senior Center; etc)
- Duration: 25 mins
- Fee: FREE
- Get a sneak peek at our Aquarium before the doors open to the public
- Look inside our 135,000 gallon ocean habitat and observe sharks and fish.
- Interact with a guest experts while they chat about different research areas.
- Get an up-close view of marine animals, like crabs, urchins, terrapins, and rays.
- Discuss ocean conservation and the sustainable use of our seas.
- Wrap up with an open Question and Answer segment–Ask Us Anything About The Ocean.
- Develop an appreciation for marine life and the role of zoos and aquariums in conservation.
- Explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
The participants will:
- compare the adaptations of related marine species (e.g., sharks vs bony fish; sea cucumber vs sea star; alligator vs. turtle).
- engage in a discussion with our ocean experts about careers in marine science and ocean conservation.
- compare up to three stewardship actions for the conservation and sustainable use our seas.
⚠️ Testing technology
Interactive sites will have the opportunity to directly ask questions of our experts. By helping us test new technology and providing constructive feedback, you help us to improve STEM programming for everyone. But be ready if things go wrong.
Note: registration is for 3rd-12th+ and available to both formal and out-of-classroom audiences.
- ️📼 Recording. We may record portions of Mote's side of the program and post to our YouTube page for archival purposes. Interactive sites have control of the video they send us and can turn it off. But audio and chat responses may be captured in the recording. We will remove any portions that feature identifiable voice, text or video from participants before we use it for any other purpose. By registering and participating, you consent to the recording.
- ⌨️ Be ready to type. Because there are over 100 students participating, we will use chat and polling as the primary means of interaction in the Zoom, not video.
- 🤫 Keep your mic muted but be ready to talk. We may engage over audio if it is manageable.
Ross JohnstonEducation Specialist
Livestream Host for Mote SEAtrek.TV
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. Ross’ experience has been in the environmental or conservation education departments throughout his AZA work history, including conservation curriculum development, animal enrichment and feeding narratives, and public programming with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” and Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Seafood for the Future.” As a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretative Guide, his professional background has focused on public conservation messaging and scientific program engagement. At Mote, Ross educates the public primarily through Mote SEAtrek.TV distance learning lessons.
Valerie HaganStaff Biologist
Guest Speaker, 11/5/2019 for MSFTGlobalConnect
Valerie is a Sarasota native who started at Mote as an intern in both the Marine Experimental Research Facility (MERF) and former shark Behavioral Ecology and Physiology Program. With a background in veterinary medicine and marine research, she returned to Mote in August 2016 to help maintain MERF and its projects- largely involving elasmobranch training and husbandry.
Basic Recommended Technology for Livestreams
- Computer or videoconference system running Skype.
- Large screen TV or projector. Since this is a a two-way video connection, we recommend using a large, bright TV screen over a projector when possible.
- Webcam or video camcorder. Most laptops have a built in webcam. This can be difficult to position. A better choice is a removable webcam that can be position and focused independently.
- USB Speaker/microphone. A high quality USB speaker/microphone with echo-cancellation will eliminate feedback.
- High-speed internet connection. Wired ethernet preferred. Wireless not recommended.
- Wondering about the tech need to connect? Request a free Tech Check.
Subject AreasLife Sciences
Next Generation Science Standards
6th - 8th Grades:MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and DynamicsLS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (MS-LS2-1), (MS-LS2-2)LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience (MS-LS2-4), (MS-LS2-5)LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (secondary to MS-LS2-5)MS-ESS3: Earth and Human ActivityESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems (MS-ESS3-3), (MS-ESS3-4)
9th - 12th Grades:HS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and DynamicsLS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (HS-LS2-1), (HS-LS2-2)LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience (HS-LS2-2), (HS-LS2-6), (HS-S2-7)LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (HS-LS4-6), (secondary to HS-LS2-7)ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions (secondary to HS-LS2-7)HS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and DiversityLS4.C: Adaptation (HS-LS4-5), (HS-LS4-6), (HS-LS4-5)LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (HS-LS4-6), ((HS-LS4-7)HS-ESS3: Earth and Human ActivityESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems (HS-ESS3-3), (HS-ESS3-4)
Ocean Literacy PrinciplesOLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystemsOLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected
ISTE Standards for StudentsISTE Standard 7d: Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsGoal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsGoal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Web Resources and Activities
Links to resources to enhance your virtual experience with us.
People come to me and say, 'What'll I do if I go in the water and see a shark?' You don't have to do anything. The chances of that shark attacking you in any way is so remote. The sea should be enjoyed, the animals in it. When you see a shark underwater, you should say, 'How lucky I am to see this beautiful animal in his environment!'
— Dr. Eugenie Clark
Founding Director of Mote Marine Laboratory