Aquavision Virtual Classroom

Join us in our award-winning Virtual Classroom!

Using state of the art cameras, students will be able to visit the Aquarium from their classroom… even if the classroom is now the dining room table! Every class is designed to encourage students to discover and learn together and is aligned to both state (TEKS) and national educational standards (NGSS).

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)  and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide specific age-appropriate goals for learning. Every Aquavision program is written to these science literacy standards to support science curriculum in the classroom. We focus on promoting STEM processing skills like observation, data interpretation, and students engaging in and drawing their own conclusions about the natural world.

  • Grades Pre-K - 2

    Virtual Classroom: Dolphins – 30 Minutes

    Cost $65
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

    Virtual Field Trip – 30 Minutes

    Cost $105
    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.

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  • Grades 3-5

    Let’s Talk Sharks – 50 minutes

    Cost $130
    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
    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 
    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

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300

    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.

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130
    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.

    BOOK NOW!
  • Grades 6-8

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300
    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.

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130
    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.

    BOOK NOW!
  • Grades 9-12

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300
    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.

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130
    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.

    BOOK NOW!
  • All Ages Programming

    Let’s Talk Sharks – 50 minutes

    Cost $130

    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.

    Let’s Talk Flamingos – 50 minutes

    Cost $130

    Get a birds-eye view of the Aquarium using our state of the art HD cameras, and watch the birds’ interactions with their habitats and each other… down to the feather.  

    Discovery Dive: Coral Reef – 45 Minutes

    Cost $300
    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.

    Virtual Field Trip – 50 Minutes

    Cost $130
    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.

    BOOK NOW!
  • Questions?

    Got any questions?

    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

  • Virtual Classroom FAQs

    How do I connect?

    We will use Zoom videoconferencing software to connect. An email with the link will be sent to you prior to the program, and you can just click to connect! Access to a computer with internet is all you need, and a projector or TV screen is recommended for larger groups.

    What if my students/children are learning from home?

    Whether your students are learning at home or returning to the classroom we are happy to work with you to figure out the best way to connect.

    When are the programs?

    You get to choose! Please let us know your first and second choice dates and times by pressing the “Buy Now”  button under the program descriptions for the grade level of your choice. We’ll email you to confirm availability.

    How will I interact?

    You can use a chat function to send us questions live and share answers to our questions, or use your webcam and microphone to talk with us directly.

    How many people can participate in one program?

    That is largely up to you! We can accommodate up to 500 separate connections, but please keep in mind that the smaller the group, the more personal interaction is possible. We may not have time to answer 500 questions.

    Can I record and watch it again, or share it with a friend?

    We do not allow recordings, and cannot send a recording if someone in your group is unable to attend. Please make sure your group can attend the date and time chosen.

    What if I need to cancel?

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

    What if I’m not a classroom teacher, do you have any option for a single family to participate?

    Yes! Check out our behind-the-scenes Aquavision program: Lunch Break @ The Aquarium.

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.”