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You don’t need to sail onboard E/V Nautilus to be a member of the team. A central pillar of our mission is to use the excitement of ocean exploration to motivate and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in STEM and to globally raise interest and awareness for the deep ocean. 

There are several ways you can participate in our expanded Corps of Exploration, follow our adventures and discoveries more closely with exclusive access, and help us spread the word more widely about the importance of exploring the world’s oceans. 

Share Us on Social Media

Following Nautilus Live on  and  and is a great way to stay updated on dives and discoveries. Help us spread the word; encourage your friends, family, classmates, and community to tune in!

Opportunities for Educators

E/V Nautilus is owned and operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), a nonprofit founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in ocean exploration and research, advance ocean technology, and promote education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To accomplish that goal, OET runs a number of different programs for educators and students.

Science Communication Fellowship Program 

OET’s Science Communication Fellowship (SCF) immerses formal and informal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration and empowers them to bring ocean exploration to a global audience via the Nautilus Live website. Fellows share accounts of ocean science, expedition operations, and daily life with audiences through live audio commentary and question-and-answer sessions from aboard the ship.

Through participation in live interactions with student groups and public audiences, Fellows also engage people of all ages in real-time exploration. Science Communication Fellows then bring their expedition experience back to their own classrooms, organizations, and communities in the form of engaging lesson plans and activities centered around their time at sea aboard Nautilus

Learn more information about our  on the Ocean Exploration Trust website.

Education Resources

OET's Education Resources include the STEM Learning Modules, a series of NGSS-aligned, inquiry-based educational lesson companions to E/V Nautilus expeditions, and a Digital Resource Library of supplemental graphics, teaching animations and albums, themed video playlists, and fun activities. 

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Opportunities for Students

Nautilus Expedition Patch Design Contest 

Your artwork could go on an ocean adventure aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus! Students age six to fourteen (6-18) are eligible to submit original artwork to be considered for the official Nautilus Expedition Patch that will be worn by members of the Corps of Exploration during our 2019 expedition in the eastern Pacific Ocean. For more information and to submit an entry, please visit the page.

Science & Engineering Internship Program

The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program aims to train community college, undergraduate and graduate students studying ocean science, seafloor mapping, engineering and video in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mappers, ROV Engineers, or Video Engineers.  All of our interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators. Science interns learn how to make scientific observations and process digital data and physical samples. ROV interns learn how to maintain and operate our exploration vehicles and systems. Video engineering and film interns learn how to operate video for our ROVs and work with our communication team to share our Corps of Exploration story.  All interns gain experience in communication and leadership, including participating in educational outreach activities like live broadcasts to shore-based audiences.

For more information and for applications, please visit the  page on the Ocean Exploration Trust website.

Opportunities for Scientists

Participate live with us aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus as we explore the Eastern Pacific Ocean from May – October 2019. Via telepresence technologies, onshore scientists are able to view live video feeds from the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Hercules and Argus and topside from the ship during seafloor and water column mapping efforts. Scientists ashore participate in a text dialogue with onboard scientists and other on shore scientists, as well as contribute to ROV dives and mapping operations. Participants will receive regular cruise updates and plans via email during the cruise(s) in which they select to participate.

For more information on how to participate, click .