Immersion Learning - Nautilus Live

In Immersion Learning’s Nautilus Live multimedia curriculum, students join Dr. Robert Ballard, Dr. Katy Croff Bell, and other members of the Corps of Exploration aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. As virtual members of the Corps, students will use reading selections, hands-on activities, photos, videos, games, live interactions, and more to learn as much as they can about the biological, geological, and archaeological mysteries of our ocean planet.


Through their Immersion adventure, students will:

  • Meet real-life scientists and learn about their work
  • Explore a wide variety of STEM topics including the history of ocean exploration, buoyancy, density, remotely operated vehicles, ocean exploration tools, marine archaeology, marine geology, and marine biology 


As with all Immersion Learning curricula, Nautilus Live 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. The curriculum includes enough material for eight to twenty lessons with activity notes, extensions, multimedia connections, adaptations for younger students, and additional educator resources.

The Nautilus Live multimedia curriculum includes...


Educator Pack
The educator pack includes a 100-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, interactive games, a library of curated weblinks related to the curriculum content, a link to the Nautilus Live website that streams live video and audio from Nautilus 24/7 while the ship is at sea, and information for educators.



An 40-minute DVD introduces students to key science concepts and offers a window into the exciting world of research and exploration through the work of real-life scientists and stunning footage from E/V Nautilus and the remotely operated vehicles aboard the ship. The 15 video segments included on the DVD are also available on-demand on the Immersion website.  


Interactive Games
The interactive games on the Immersion website allow students to explore topics from the Nautilus Live curriculum in an exciting gaming environment. In the Blast from the Past game, students analyze whether stories about a violent volcanic eruption on the island of Thera 3,600 years ago could have inspired the legend of the lost island of Atlantis. In the Mapping Shipwrecks game, students find out how explorers develop detailed maps of sunken ships in the dark depths of the ocean. And in the My ROV game, students learn about buoyancy and balance as they design their own ROV and use it to explore a shipwreck.




Nautilus Live Sampler
Click here to download a Nautilus Live Sampler that includes an 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 Nautilus Live 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 Nautilus Live 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 Nautilus Live curriculum, or to schedule a professional development workshop for your organization, contact