Aquavision Virtual Classroom

Join us in our award-winning Virtual Classroom!

Aquavision distance learning programs connect participants with an Aquarium instructor for an interactive virtual visit to the Texas State Aquarium. Via our live HD cameras, participants will be able to observe our animals from their classroom, the library, or even the dining room table!

To support formal learning, each program is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Programs are designed to promote STEM process skills including collecting data, observing, and drawing conclusions about the natural world. 

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  • Grades Pre-K - 2

    Virtual Classroom: Dolphins – 30 Minutes

    Cost $65 per group
    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.

    Virtual Classroom Fish – 30 Minutes

    Cost $65 per group
    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.

    Virtual Classroom Sharks – 30 Minutes

    Cost $65 per group
    Long bodies, sharp teeth, and a top predator… you guessed it sharks! Join us in the Virtual Classroom 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.

    Creature Tales – 30 Minutes

    Cost $65 per group
    Your students will enjoy an animal-themed story and virtually meet the superstar animal of the book. Read along, make observations, recall facts, and get an up-close look at a live animal. Choose between a baby alligator, shark, or sea turtle.

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300 per group
    Join a SCUBA diver live from underwater at the Texas State Aquarium! Practice your fish identification skills, observe fish feeding, and learn about the adaptations of coral reef fish. As you see the diver’s perspective with our underwater camera, ask them your questions live! During this program, you’ll discover the skills we use every day to care for our animals and learn how you can help conserve coral reefs from your classroom.

    Discovery Dive: Sharks – 45 minutes

    Cost $350 per group

    Join a SCUBA diver live from inside the Caribbean Sea exhibit as they swim with sharks, rays, and a variety of fish.  Students will discover the adaptations of sharks and rays and how we care for the animals that call this habitat home. Our diver will answer your questions live as sharks swim by, and students will enjoy a unique view that few ever experience!

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  • Grades 3-5

    Let’s Talk Sharks – 50 minutes

    Cost $130 per group
    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 the 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 – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130 per group
    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.

    Coral Reef Under Construction* – 50 Minutes

    Cost $145 per group
    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!

    *Requires additional materials

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130 per group
    The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are dynamic and diverse ecosystems that support 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 these habitats.

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300 per group

    Join a SCUBA diver live from underwater at the Texas State Aquarium! Practice your fish identification skills, observe a fish feeding, and learn about the adaptations of coral reef fish. As you see the diver’s perspective with our underwater camera, ask them your questions live! During this program, you’ll discover the skills we use every day to care for our animals and learn how you can help conserve coral reefs from your classroom.

    Discovery Dive: Sharks – 45 minutes

    Cost $350 per group

    Join a SCUBA diver live from inside the Caribbean Sea exhibit as they swim with sharks, rays, and a variety of fish.  Students will discover the adaptations of sharks and rays and how we care for the animals that call this habitat home. Our diver will answer your questions live as sharks swim by, and students will enjoy a unique view that few ever experience!

     

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  • Grades 6-8

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130 per group
    The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are dynamic and diverse ecosystems 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 these habitats.

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300 per group
    Join a SCUBA diver live from underwater at the Texas State Aquarium! Practice your fish identification skills, observe a fish feeding, and learn about the adaptations of coral reef fish. As you see the diver’s perspective with our underwater camera, ask them your questions live! During this program, you’ll discover the skills we use every day to care for our animals and learn how you can help conserve coral reefs from your classroom.

    Discovery Dive: Sharks – 45 minutes

    Cost $350 per group

    Join a SCUBA diver live from inside the Caribbean Sea exhibit as they swim with sharks, rays, and a variety of fish.  Students will discover the adaptations of sharks and rays and how we care for the animals that call this habitat home. Our diver will answer your questions live as sharks swim by, and students will enjoy a unique view that few ever experience!

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  • Grades 9-12

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130 per group
    The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are dynamic and diverse ecosystems that support 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 these habitats.

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300 per group
    Join a SCUBA diver live from underwater at the Texas State Aquarium! Practice your fish identification skills, observe a fish feeding, and learn about the adaptations of coral reef fish. As you see the diver’s perspective with our underwater camera, ask them your questions live! During this program, you’ll discover the skills we use every day to care for our animals and learn how you can help conserve coral reefs from your classroom.

    Discovery Dive: Sharks – 45 minutes

    Cost $350 per group

    Join a SCUBA diver live from inside the Caribbean Sea exhibit as they swim with sharks, rays, and a variety of fish.  Students will discover the adaptations of sharks and rays and how we care for the animals that call this habitat home. Our diver will answer your questions live as sharks swim by, and students will enjoy a unique view that few ever experience!

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  • All Ages Programming

    Let’s Talk Sharks – 50 minutes

    Cost $130 per group

    We will observe shark biofacts and explore how a shark’s skeleton, jaws, teeth, skin, and camouflage make them top predators. Introducing common shark species in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, as well as view our resident sharks live from the Texas State Aquarium, we will discuss why shark conservation is important and what scientists and aquariums are doing to conserve these mysterious animals.

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130 per group
    The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are dynamic and diverse ecosystems that support 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 these habitats.

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300 per group
    Join a SCUBA diver live from underwater at the Texas State Aquarium! Practice your fish identification skills, observe a fish feeding, and learn about the adaptations of coral reef fish. As you see the diver’s perspective with our underwater camera, ask them your questions live! During this program, you’ll discover the skills we use every day to care for our animals and learn how you can help conserve coral reefs from your classroom.

    Discovery Dive: Sharks – 45 minutes

    Cost $350 per group

    Join a SCUBA diver live from inside the Caribbean Sea exhibit as they swim with sharks, rays, and a variety of fish.  Students will discover the adaptations of sharks and rays and how we care for the animals that call this habitat home. Our diver will answer your questions live as sharks swim by, and students will enjoy a unique view that few ever experience!

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  • Virtual Classroom FAQs

    How do I connect?

    We primarily use Zoom videoconferencing software, but we are also able to connect via WebEx or by directly calling your videoconference unit.  Please contact us if you have questions about the best platform to connect.

    What equipment do I need?

    Access to a computer or tablet with internet is all you need, and a projector or TV screen is recommended for larger groups.  We also recommend a webcam and microphone to interact with the presenter.

    What if my group is not in one place?

    Whether participants are at their homes, together in a classroom, or a combination of both, we are happy to accommodate.

    When are the programs?

    You get to choose! Choose your program date and time while booking online, and we’ll email you to confirm your program.  We recommend booking early to ensure that your preferred date is available.

    How will I interact?

    You can use a webcam and microphone to interact with us directly, or you can use a chat function to send us questions live.

    How many people can participate in one program?

    That is largely up to you.  For the optimal experience, we recommend no more than 1 class or 30 participants. We can accommodate up to 500 separate connections, but please keep in mind that the smaller the group is, the more interaction is possible.

    Do I have to be a classroom teacher to participate?

    Not at all! We teach Aquavision programs to a variety of groups including birthday parties, senior centers, libraries, homeschool groups, professional meetings, and individuals.  We are happy to work with you to accommodate your group’s needs and interests.

    Can I record the program and watch it again?

    We do not allow recordings.  Please ensure your group can attend your chosen date and time.

    What is your cancellation policy?

    We ask for 48 hours cancellation notice to avoid billing.  In case of emergency, please contact us as soon as possible and we will work with you.

     

     

Contact

We are happy to work with you! If you have questions regarding content, educational standards, scheduling, or technology please use the contact information below.

Amy Rivers

Aquavision@txstateaq.org

361-654-1450

Aquavision is Award-Winning!

The Texas State Aquarium Flint Hills Resources Aquavision Distance Learning program has earned a Pinnacle Award 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.”