Activities for Students, Teachers and Parents
Learn about chart symbols, safe boating, and why nautical charts are important! This interactive activity allows students to follow a series of questions and a scavenger hunt to uncover nautical chart basics and find the location of a sunken ship.
Sea Floor Mapping
Students learn about special kinds of maps, nautical charts that show the coastline and tell boaters about things under the water. Students learn that these charts are important for big ships that bring in products and supplies that we use every day, from clothes to food.
Grades 3 and Up:
Boat Building Challenge
Design a boat hull that can float a specified weight. Then, design a way to propel your vessel using wind power.
Who’s Blue Peter?
Make a set of nautical signal flags, and use them to send messages.
Please Pass the Salt
Experiment to find some of the ways that salt changes the physical properties of water.
It All Runs Downhill
Make a model of a watershed, and show how rainfall carries pollution into the ocean and other water bodies.
Make Your Own Compass
Make a simple compass to find magnetic north or south, depending on where you live.
Arctic & Antarctic Activity Book
Learn fun facts about the North and South Poles and solve over 20 puzzles!
Grades 6 and Up:
The Water Writers
Make a sounding box and discover the profile of a model seafloor.
Nautical Chart Challenge
Discover how a nautical chart can help sailors navigate safely in unfamiliar waters.
Build an Underwater Robot
Make a simple underwater remotely operated vehicle.
Survey Mark Hunting
Get information on the location and description of survey marks in your geographic area, and find out how to share your survey marking discoveries with the rest of the world!
Be a Shipwreck Detective
Examine information about items found in and around a shipwreck, and draw conclusions about the ship, who was aboard, and why it sank.