SEA SCIENCE: Coral Reefs

by  Mote Marine Laboratory

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[STUDIO]  Why are coral reefs important? Discover the value of coral reefs to wildlife and how important they are to people too. Through a guided game format, learners participate in a media-rich, interactive video lesson about coral reefs. This is followed by an open Q&A chat with our ocean expert.

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About This Program


By Request: $180.00
By Request Premium: $162.00

Programming available 9:00 am–5:00 pm ET. Weekend and after hours (5 pm ET) requests are available for an additional fee. There is a convenience fee for calls that require rental of a H.323/SIP Room Connector.

Billing Questions: please contact our Operations & Administration Manager (educate@mote.org, 941-388-4441;348).

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35-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod Other Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft TeamsOther

Booking Information

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Mote Marine Laboratory

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Effective 8/15/2023, the following policies apply to ALL Mote Outreach (Classroom, Auditorium, Science Talks, Exploration Stations) and SEA Trek programs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hP-jZjauyF4uEDxjuMom3OajUwayUCzDPjLA58FKCR4/edit?usp=sharing

About This Provider

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Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, FL
United States

Experience the wonders of the ocean from the comfort of your own classroom with Mote Marine Laboratory's Virtual Field Trips! As a world-class, AZA-accredited nonprofit marine research institution, we bring the excitement of authentic research and hands-on learning to you. From chatting with a shark trainer in our stunning aquarium, to exploring the Florida Keys and observing coral reefs like a real scientist, our virtual lessons are designed to engage and inspire your students. Aligned with state and national education standards, our lessons range from 30 to 60 minutes and provide a unique and thrilling way to dive into STEM topics. Join us on a virtual adventure and unlock the mysteries of the ocean!

Jason Robertshaw
(941) 388-2904

Program Details


- Intro and prior knowledge
- Guided Reef Quest game
- 1. Coral classification.
- 2. Coral anatomy.
- 3. Life cycles.
- 4. Reef formation.
- 5. Biogeography.
- 6. Biodiversity.
- 7. Reef relationships (symbiosis).
- 8. Food webs.
- 9. Coral conservation.
- Research and conservation video
- Open questions and answers


Objectives: Understand coral taxonomy and their relationships in the tree of life. Identify the different growth forms of coral groups and their relationship to other organisms in marine ecosystems. Explain the conservation status of coral reefs. Compare three stewardship actions.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Subject Areas
Life Sciences

Ocean Literacy Principles
OLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
OLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

ISTE Standards
2. Communication and collaboration:
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

Next Generation Science Standards
9th - 12th Grades
HS-LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
LS1.A: Structure and Function (HS-LS1-2)
HS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (HS-LS2-1, HS- LS2-2)
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience (HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7)
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (HS-LS4-6, secondary to HS- LS2-7)
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions (secondary to HS-LS2-7)
HS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
LS4.C: Adaptation (HS-LS4-5), (HS-LS4-6, HS-LS4-5)
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans (HS-LS4-6, HS-LS4-7)
HS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems (HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-4)
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change (HS-ESS3-5, HS-ESS3-6)
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions (secondary to HS-ESS3-2, secondary HS-ESS3-4)

Common Core ELA/Literacy
9th - 12th Grades
WHST.11-12.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation. (HS-LS1-3)
RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem. (HS-LS2-6),(HS-LS2-7),(HS-LS2-8)

Common Core Mathematics
9th - 12th Grades
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (HS-LS2-1),(HS-LS2-2),(HS-LS2-4),(HS-LS2-6),(HS-LS2-7)

State Standards

Florida State Standards
SC.3.L.15.1, SC.3.L.17.1, SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.1.4, SC.3.N.1.7, SC.4.L.16.3, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.4.N.1.1,, SC.7.L.15.1, SC.7.L.15.2, S.C.7.L.15.3, SC.8.N.4.1, SC.8.N.4.2