For Kids and Big Kids too!




Grades K-12, Undergrad/Graduate Students




Guy Harvey, COSEE Sea Grant, Smithsonian Portal, Ocean Day Kiosks (NOAA)



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There were three prongs to our approach:  The public, grades K- graduate education, and the various outreach partnerships we established through this program.  

For grades K-7, the “Creep into the Deep” program ran through WhaleTimes, Inc. and engaged students in real time with the scientists onboard research vessels as they explored the deep sea.   

Watch videos from Squirt!


Read postcards from the Deep!


For grades 6-12, the “Gulf of Mexico Exploration” Teacher workshops and DEEPEND Teacher-At-Sea Program engaged secondary teachers in learning deep-ocean project content as well as taking science lessons back to the classrooms to share with students. They also had the opportunity to experience the science in real time through participating on a research cruise with the DEEPEND Team. Workshops were held once a year, and through their participation in the workshop, teachers could submit applications to become one of our DEEPEND team members on a cruise in May or August of that year.



Dr. Heather Judkins (Coordinator) - USFSP
Dr. Tracey Sutton (DEEPEND PI) - NSUOC
Dr. Danté Fenolio - SAZ Dept. Cons. & Res.
Dr. Tamara Frank - NSUOC
Dr. Matthew Johnston - NSUOC
Dr. Mahmood Shivji – NSUOC; Guy Harvey Res. Institute; Save Our Seas Foundation
Ms. Ruth Musgrave - WhaleTimes., Inc.
Ms. April Cook, M.S. (DEEPEND PM) - NSUOC
Ms. Nina Pruzinsky, M.S. (DEEPEND Research Associate) - NSUOC
Ms. Natalie Slayden (DEEPEND, Graduate Research Assistant) - NSUOC
Dr. Jose Lopez – NSUOC; COSEE-FL
Dr. Denise Kendall - SAZ Dept. Cons. & Res.
Ms. Nicole Sandoval -SAZ Dept. Cons. & Res.



Bear Seamount Video