Immersion Learning - Secrets of the Gulf

In Immersion Learning’s Secrets of the Gulf multimedia curriculum, students join oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists as they explore the biology, geology, and archaeology of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. As virtual members of the expedition team, students will use reading selections, hands-on activities, photos, videos, and more to learn about coral reefs, brine seeps, mud volcanoes, and other fascinating features in the region.



Through their Immersion adventure, students will:

  • Meet real-life scientists and learn about their work
  • Explore a wide variety of science topics including rocks and minerals, petroleum formation, density, coral biology, food chains and food webs, manta ray biology, marine archaeology, technologies used in ocean exploration, and careers



As with all Immersion Learning curricula, Secrets of the Gulf 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 Secrets of the Gulf multimedia curriculum includes...


Educator Pack
The educator pack includes a 120-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 Secrets of the Gulf expedition, a library of curated weblinks related to the curriculum content, and information for educators.



An 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. The 12 video segments included on the DVD are also available on-demand on the Immersion website.  



Secrets of the Gulf Sampler
Click here to download a Secrets of the Gulf 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 Secrets of the Gulf 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 Secrets of the Gulf 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 Secrets of the Gulf curriculum, or to schedule a professional development workshop for your organization, contact