Immersion Learning - Monterey Bay

In Immersion Learning’s Monterey Bay multimedia curriculum, students join Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists as they explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Monterey, California. As virtual members of the expedition team, students will use reading selections, hands-on activities, photos, videos, and more to explore many of the region’s fascinating ecosystems — including estuaries, the intertidal zone, kelp forests, the deep sea, and the open ocean. 



Through their Immersion adventure, students will:

  • Meet real-life scientists and learn about their work
  • Explore a wide variety of science topics including ocean circulation, upwelling, estuaries, water quality, watersheds, adaptations, the intertidal zone, kelp forests, predator-prey interactions, bioluminescence, the deep sea, the open ocean, population dynamics, research methods, and careers 



As with all Immersion Learning curricula, Monterey Bay 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 eight to twenty lessons with activity notes, extensions, multimedia connections, adaptations for younger students, and additional educator resources.

The Monterey Bay multimedia curriculum includes...


Educator Pack
The educator pack includes a 128-page full-color copy of the print curriculum, a CD containing a PDF version of the curriculum, and a DVD with corresponding video clips. Each of the eight 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, interviews with featured researchers, archived blogs from the Monterey Bay expedition, a library of curated weblinks related to the curriculum content, and information for educators.



An 80-minute DVD introduces students to key science concepts and offers a window into the exciting world of research and exploration by showcasing the work of the real-life scientists featured in the Monterey Bay curriculum. The 12 video segments included on the DVD are also available on-demand on the Immersion website.  


Interactive Puzzles
The puzzles on the Immersion website allow students to explore topics from the Monterey Bay curriculum in an interactive format. Two crossword puzzles encourage students to review key vocabulary, and a word search features various kelp forest critters.




Monterey Bay Sampler
Click here to download a Monterey Bay 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 Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices from the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education, on which the Next Generation Science Standards are based, as well as the 2013 Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.

Get Involved!
Visit the JASON Store to purchase a Monterey Bay 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 Monterey Bay 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 Monterey Bay curriculum, or to schedule a professional development workshop for your organization, contact