Below are videos produced by the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Our most recent videos feature unique stories of how our teachers have found and nurtured their inner explorer. Other videos include a NOAA Teacher at Sea 30th Anniversary series, Alumni Impact Stories, and TAS Alumni Association workshops in different regions.
Project ROVe gives educators the opportunity to ENGAGE with other alumni and experts in the field, EDUCATE themselves in an interesting, relevant, and timely topic, and confidently develop curriculum for their students to EXPLORE their environment through marine technology. This video showcases the inaugural 2022 Project ROVe: Design and Build workshop in Newport News, Virginia. Learn more about TASAA’s Project ROVe.
After completing both Project ROVe courses, NOAA Teacher at Sea Alum Brandy Hill applied for and received funding from TASAA and NMSF to build MATE’s Angelfish ROV at her school. This video follows Ms. Hill’s classroom implementation with 60 sixth graders at Twality Middle School in Tigard, Oregon in 2023. Learn more about TASAA’s Project ROVe.
Finding Your Inner Explorer
Finding Your Inner Explorer Series Teaser
Finding Your Inner Explorer: Brandy Hill
After her Teacher at Sea experience in 2018, Alum Brandy Hill pursued a new passion—getting IN to the sea—and shares that journey with her students. She hopes this will serve as a catalyst for students to follow their own dreams.
Finding Your Inner Explorer: Carol Schnaiter
Teacher at Sea Carol Schnaiter (NOAA Ship Oregon II, 2014) not only gained her sea legs on her research cruise, but she also gained the confidence to run for public office!
Finding Your Inner Explorer: Andrea Schmuttermair
Teacher at Sea Alum Andrea Schmuttermair (NOAA Ship Oregon II, 2012 and NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, 2015) spent over a month solo backpacking the Colorado Trail, which led to a whole new world of exploration, discovery, and opportunity.
Finding Your Inner Explorer: Methea Sapp
Teacher at Sea Alum Methea Sapp (NOAA Ship Delaware II, 2007) explores deep within the genetic make-up of her family and others, through volunteer work she was inspired to take on during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finding Your Inner Explorer: Virginia Driskell
Teacher at Sea Alum Virginia Driskell (R/V Hugh R. Sharp, 2013 and NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, 2016) left for her Teacher at Sea research cruise and discovered more than sand dollars, sea stars, and scallops—she learned that exploring beyond the boundaries of one’s comfort zone is critical to personal growth.
Finding Your Inner Explorer: Catherine Fuller
Teacher at Sea Catherine Fuller (R/V Sikuliaq, 2019) from Hawaii donned a parka and sailed to the Gulf of Alaska with the NOAA Teacher at Sea program. However, Catherine was no stranger to the high seas—as an experienced sailor, Catherine has also fulfilled a childhood dream of voyaging on a Polynesian canoe to explore several Pacific Islands, where she found deeper connections to her culture and to the ocean.
30 Years of New Frontiers
Why Send Teachers to Sea?
Facing Your Fears
The Journey is Just the Beginning
NOAA Teacher at Sea: Making an Impact
Dr. Sian Proctor: Finding the Explorer Within
Spencer Cody: Making an Impact
Mary Cook: Making an Impact
Educators selected for NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program gain real-world research experience working at-sea with NOAA scientists. This is one story about how a teacher, Mary Cook, shared her experience with her students and made a significant impact.
Barney Peterson: Making an Impact
Teacher at Sea Alumni Association Workshops
Tri-State Region Workshop, 2019
Northeast Region Workshop, 2018
Gulf of Mexico Region Workshop, 2017
Southeast Region Workshop, 2018
NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Southeast Region Alumni Gathering in Charleston, SC in 2018.
Pacific Northwest Region Workshop, 2016
NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Pacific Northwest Alumni Gathering in Seattle, WA in Fall 2016.