Immersion Learning - Life at the Extremes

In Immersion Learning’s Life at the Extremes multimedia curriculum, students travel with Dr. Robert Ballard, Dr. Deborah Kelley, and their team to the unique white towers of the “Lost City” hydrothermal vent field, which is located about 9 mi (15 km) from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a depth of more than 2,100 ft (640 m). As virtual members of the expedition team, students will use reading selections, hands-on activities, photos, videos, games, and more to explore the biology, geology, and chemistry of this fascinating region. 


Through their Immersion adventure, students will:

  • Meet real-life scientists and learn about their work
  • Explore a wide variety of science topics including plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, chemical reactions, pH, biodiversity, extremophiles, buoyancy, remotely operated vehicles, and careers  



As with all Immersion Learning curricula, Life at the Extremes is designed to be implemented in a wide variety of informal and formal education settings such as after-school programs, summer camps, and elementary and middle school science classrooms. It includes enough material for 10 to 20 lessons with activity notes, extensions, multimedia connections, adaptations for younger students, and additional educator resources.

The Life at the Extremes multimedia curriculum includes...


Educator Pack
The educator pack includes a 108-page full-color copy of the print curriculum, a CD containing a PDF version of the curriculum, and a DVD containing corresponding video clips. Each of the ten hands-on activities in the print curriculum includes a student reading selection, activity masters, and comprehensive educator notes. The curriculum is written at a sixth grade level and can be used with students in grades 1 through 8.



The Immersion website contains on-demand videos, photo galleries, profiles of featured researchers, archived blogs from the Life at the Extremes expedition, an interactive game, a library of curated weblinks related to the curriculum content, and information for educators.



A 30-minute DVD introduces students to key science concepts and offers a window into the exciting world of research and exploration by featuring the work of real-life scientists and engineers. The eight video segments included on the DVD are also available on-demand on the Immersion website.  



Interactive Games
The interactive Life in Lost City game on the Immersion website allows students to explore the topics of habitats and adaptations in a fun and exciting way. Students first learn about the life requirements of various aquatic organisms. Then they try to identify which of four aquatic environments, including Lost City, provides the appropriate conditions for each organism to survive.


Life at the Extremes Sampler
Click here to download a Life at the Extremes Sampler that includes a curriculum overview, activity summaries, a FREE hands-on activity, science topics, standards correlations, and more. All the activities are correlated to the National Science Education Standards for Grades 5-8, as well as the 2005 Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.


Get Involved!
Visit the JASON Store to purchase a Life at the Extremes educator pack, which includes a full-color copy of the print curriculum, a CD containing a PDF version of the curriculum, and a DVD containing corresponding video clips. To purchase a Life at the Extremes materials kit, contact to request current pricing and an order form. Each materials kit includes 95% of the materials needed to conduct all the hands-on activities in the print curriculum. The quantities in the kit are sufficient for 32 participants working on the activities individually, in pairs, or in groups as recommended by the curriculum.

To learn more about Immersion Learning, the Life at the Extremes curriculum, or to schedule a professional development workshop for your organization, contact