Aquavision Distance Learning

There are now two unforgettable ways to experience the Texas State Aquarium LIVE – all from the comfort of your classroom, home, or business!

For more information or to register, please call (361) 881-1204 or email aquavision@txstateaq.org.

Aquavision Blue

Your class will see and talk to our instructor and will view exhibits via cameras mounted throughout the Aquarium.

  • Grades PreK-12
  • Educational programs with a LIVE look at Aquarium animals in their exhibits
  • Aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and national standards
  • $60 and up per individual program
  • Grades PreK - 2

    Habitats of the Gulf of Mexico – 30 minutes

    The Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of life. During this interactive tour, explore a variety of habitats through our real-time cameras from the comforts of your own classroom.  Make observations and comparisons of the inhabitants and their adaptations for survival in Gulf habitats.

    Fee: $100     |     Additional Programs: $70     |     Maximum: 30 students

    Virtual Zoology Labs – 30 minutes

    Your students will become junior zoologists when they enter Texas State Aquarium’s Aquavision Virtual Zoology Labs. Our state-of-the-art, HD cameras provide your class a live look into the Aquarium, broadcasting a real-time view of the animals’ interactions with their habitats and each other. Choose from one of the following labs focused on STEM process skills from observation and description, to data collection and communication.

    • Sharks
      • Long bodies, sharp teeth, and a top predator… you guessed it sharks! Join us in the Virtual Shark Zoology Lab to discover how sharks move, what their teeth are like, and the parts that make up their bodies. Your students will practice important STEM process skills by observing and describing real live sharks, collecting data and communicating what they learned from sharks in Texas State Aquarium habitats.
    • Sea Turtles
      • Shells on their backs, live in water, and move slowly… you guessed it, sea turtles! In this Zoology Lab you will observe, collect data, and communicate what you have learned from the sea turtles themselves.
    • Flamingos
      • Long legs, long necks, pink bodies… you guessed it, Flamingos! In this Zoology Lab, you will explore and discover what makes a flamingo so unique by using STEM process skills to observe flamingo adaptations and behaviors.

    Fee: $60     |     Additional Programs: $40     |     Maximum: 30 students

    Amazing Adaptations/Conservation – 30 minutes

    How do an animal’s body parts and behaviors help it survive? Have your students investigate this question as they observe our animal ambassadors through our real-time cameras and specially planned activities.  Students will discuss the animal’s conservation status and learn what they can do to help these incredible creatures.

    • Dancing Dolphins
      • Join us as we learn how to move and talk like a dolphin! Get your students up and moving as they study the adaptations and body parts these mammals use to swim and survive in the ocean. Students will also discover how dolphins communicate using distinct clicks and whistles, and visit our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins through our real-time view into Dolphin Bay.
    • Fishy Friends
      • Let’s talk fishes LIVE from the Texas State Aquarium as your students observe and compare and contrast the diversity of fishes in Aquarium habitats. Together, we’ll distinguish between fish body shapes, infer how shapes help them survive and thrive in their habitats, and create a special fish drawing.
    • **Meet Our Otters!
      • Meet Arrie and Merlin, our North American River Otters in Texas State Aquarium’s Otter Creek habitat. Learn first-hand how an otter keeps warm and navigates through murky waters, by dressing like an otter and constructing your own set of whiskers to mimic their amazing adaptations. View Arrie and Merlin live, and see what other adaptations help them thrive in their environment.

    Fee: $85     |     Additional Programs: $60     |      Maximum: 30 students

    **Fee (includes supplies) :$85   

  • Grades 3-5

    Habitats of the Gulf of Mexico – 50 minutes

    The Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of life. During this interactive tour, explore a variety of habitats through our real-time cameras from the comforts of your own classroom.  Make observations and comparisons of the inhabitants and their adaptations for survival in Gulf habitats.

    Fee: $125     |     Additional Programs: $70     |     Maximum: 30 students

    Virtual Zoology Labs – 30 minutes

    Your students will become junior zoologists when they enter Texas State Aquarium’s Aquavision Virtual Zoology Labs. Our state-of-the-art, HD cameras provide your class a live look into the Aquarium, broadcasting a real-time view of the animals’ interactions with their habitats and each other. Choose from one of the following labs focused on STEM process skills from observation and description, to data collection and communication.

    • Nearshore
      • Strolling along the beach will take on new meaning as you discover the residents of nearshore habitats. Practice your STEM process skills of observation, data collection, science writing and communication to tell the story of the seaside habitats.
    • Caribbean Sea
      • Swimming in schools or swimming alone, many types of fishes are found in the Caribbean Sea habitat at the Texas State Aquarium. Use your STEM process skills of observation, data collection, and communication to study one group of fish and teach others about it.
    • Flamingos
      • Long legs, long necks, pink bodies… you guessed it, Flamingos! Use your STEM process skills of prediction, observation, data collection and communication to create a life-size flamingo in your classroom.

    Fee: $60     |     Additional Programs: $40     |     Maximum: 30 students

    Amazing Adaptations/Conservation – 50 minutes

    How do an animal’s body parts and behaviors help it survive? Have your students investigate this question as they observe our animal ambassadors through our real-time cameras and specially planned activities.  Students will discuss the animal’s conservation status and learn what they can do to help these incredible creatures.

    • **Coral Reef Under Construction
      • Coral reefs are described as the “tropical rainforests of the ocean.” Join us on a journey into this valuable habitat as we investigate the diversity of corals, learn their anatomy, and compare and contrast the differences between Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean reefs. Students will construct and name their very own coral creations while viewing our coral exhibits!
    • Let’s Talk Sharks!
      • Students will observe shark biofacts and explore how a shark’s skeleton, jaws, teeth, skin, and camouflage make them top predators. We will look at common shark species in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, as well as view our resident sharks live from the Texas State Aquarium. Discuss why shark conservation is important and what scientists and aquariums are doing to conserve these mysterious animals.
    • Turtle Tracks
      • Students become marine biologists as they track Olive, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, on her journey across the Gulf of Mexico. During their sea turtle study, students discuss why scientists track sea turtles and what technology they use. Students will read aloud and plot Olive’s migration path, hypothesize why she may have traveled to different locations, and identify potential threats encountered in the Gulf of Mexico waters.

    **Fee (includes supplies)

  • Grades 6-8

    Habitats of the Gulf of Mexico – 50 minutes

    The Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of life. During this interactive tour, explore a variety of habitats through our real-time cameras from the comforts of your own classroom.  Make observations and comparisons of the inhabitants and their adaptations for survival in Gulf habitats.

    Fee: $125     |     Additional Programs: $70     |     Maximum: 30 students

    Expert Chats – 50 minutes

    Interact with STEM professionals and learn what it takes to enter STEM fields.  Students will chat live with professionals from the Texas State Aquarium, as well as scientists, engineers and researchers from around the world. Please check back for upcoming Expert Chats.

    Fee: $125     |     Additional Programs: $90     |      Maximum: 30 students

    Flamingo Laboratories – 50 minutes

    Journey into the Caribbean jungle to discover these vibrant birds!  Using distance learning, inquiry-based interactions, and student-driven exploration, we discover how the Caribbean flamingos use their unique adaptions to stand out from all other birds living in Texas State Aquarium and our world. Students will virtually explore the Caribbean Flamingo exhibit while taking detailed observations and making logical inferences about flamingoes, their behaviors, and their habitat.

    Fee: $125     |     Additional Programs: $90     |      Maximum: 30 students

    Keeper Chats – 30 minutes

    Join the interactive discussion and get your questions answered at our Keeper Chats.  Talk with our expert animal care staff members to get a first-hand account of their daily duties and meet one of our animal ambassadors. Please check back or call for upcoming Keeper Chats dates.

    Fee: $60     |     Additional Programs: $40     |     Maximum: 30 students

  • Grades 9-12

    Habitats of the Gulf of Mexico – 50 minutes

    The Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic and diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of life. During this interactive tour, explore a variety of habitats through our real-time cameras from the comforts of your own classroom.  Make observations and comparisons of the inhabitants and their adaptations for survival in Gulf habitats.

    Fee: $125     |     Additional Programs: $70     |     Maximum: 30 students

    Expert Chats – 50 minutes

    Interact with STEM professionals and learn what it takes to enter STEM fields.  Students will chat live with professionals from the Texas State Aquarium, as well as scientists, engineers and researchers from around the world. Please check back for upcoming Expert Chats and program cost.

    Fee: $125     |     Additional Programs: $90     |      Maximum: 30 students

    Keeper Chats – 30 minutes

    Join the interactive discussion and get your questions answered at our Keeper Chats.  Talk with our expert animal care staff members to get a first-hand account of their daily duties and meet one of our animal ambassadors. Please check back or call for upcoming Keeper Chats dates.

    Fee: $60     |     Additional Programs: $40     |     Maximum: 30 students

Register for Aquavision Blue

Please schedule your program at least two weeks in advance. Additional programs of equal or lesser value will be discounted when booked for the same day. Please note cancellation must be made at least 48 hours in advance to avoid billing.

Aquavision Gold

Join us for a suite of programs LIVE from behind-the-scenes.  You’ll see us in the water, in exhibits, and interacting with animals as your group discovers the STEM skills we use every day to care for our animals and conserve wildlife.

2019-2020 School Year (Sept-May) Subscription: $300 per site

Choose between our 4th-8th or 9th-12th-grade subscription tracks. Each track will be aligned to grade-appropriate standards and will include:

  • Six 30-minute programs streamed live from behind-the-scenes
  • Access to bonus unscheduled events (e.g. a surprise medical procedure or animal release)
  • Access to recordings if you miss attending live
  • Teacher guide with standards-aligned pre/post activities for each program
  • Aquavision Gold FAQs

    How do I connect?

    We will use Zoom videoconference software to connect.  Access to a computer with internet is all you need, and a projector or TV screen is recommended for large groups.

    What is a site?

    A site is defined as a single school, library, or campus.  If you purchase a subscription for your school, all teachers will be able to view the programs in their own classrooms on their own schedules.

    When are programs? 

    Your subscription includes 6 programs from September-May that will feature a different animal or conservation topic from behind-the-scenes. Topics will be announced at least one month before the program date to allow us to highlight current events at the Aquarium.  Once you subscribe, we will email you about a month before your first program with details on how to connect and pre/post activities for that program.

    What if we can’t attend the live program?

    We will send a link to a recording of the program.

    How will my students interact?

    You will be able to use a chat function to send us questions live and share answers to our questions.  Your group will be viewing a live stream with many other groups, and you will not use a webcam or microphone.  Check out our Aquavision Blue programs for a face-to-face experience.

    Can I purchase a single program?

    Only subscribers have access to Aquavision Gold programming.  If you would like to schedule an individual program, you may choose from our Aquavision Blue programs.

Register by calling:

361-881-1204

Check back in August for our schedule and first program of the school year!

Aquavision is Award-Winning!

The Texas State Aquarium Flint Hills Resources Aquavision Distance Learning program has earned a Pinnacle Award for four consecutive years in a row from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). CILC is a national and international leader in content aggregation, consulting, and support services that assist organizations with the utilization of videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies.

 

CILC has bestowed the Pinnacle Award annually since 2008 on organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and end users. According to CILC, receiving the award “indicates remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.”