Education Hub

Pioneering cutting-edge education and communications, AltaSea collaborates with local community partners to develop education programs for elementary through college students as well as for adults.  We will ignite engagement and excitement in audiences of all ages and backgrounds with programs that communicate about the ocean and its importance.

About Education at AltaSea

AltaSea’s Education Hub is both a local and global beacon for ocean education. The diverse communities surrounding the Port will have the opportunity to participate in conferences, classes, lectures, performances and multi-media exhibits that immerse children and adults in the fascinating and critical role that marine environments have on our planet.

AltaSea will educate and engage students, policymakers and others in the most promising approaches to solving critical ocean-related issues, and to publicize the achievements of AltaSea’s science, business and education partners.

AltaSea’s primary student education service area includes cities throughout Los Angeles County, with an emphasis on communities immediately surrounding the Los Angeles Waterfront.



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Education Programs at AltaSea

Ocean-related education is an essential component of AltaSea’s mission to accelerate scientific collaboration, facilitate job creation and inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean.

Community STEM Education Program with the Ocean Exploration Trust

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) are teaming up to bring the Community STEM Education Program to San Pedro and greater Los Angeles. Led by deep-sea explorer and scientist Dr. Robert Ballard, OET will partner with AltaSea to foster deeper understanding of high tech ocean science and exploration among students in grades K-12.

The Community STEM Education Program is provided free to schools and community youth organizations. This program brings the excitement of deep-sea exploration live into classrooms with interactive broadcasts from OET’s world-class research ship, the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, among other exciting educational opportunities.


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About Dr. Robert Ballard – President, Ocean Exploration Trust; Director, Center for Ocean Exploration, Graduate School of Oceanography URI

Among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers, Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 150 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. Dr. Ballard founded the Ocean Exploration Trust in 2008 with the mission to explore the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, and archaeology while pushing the boundaries of STEM education and technological innovation.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

AltaSea and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium collaborate to develop educational programs that benefit schools and communities surrounding AltaSea.

One of the first collaborations is the Discovery Lecture Series, free public lectures held six times per year at CMA. Lecture topics range from sustainable seafood to the restoration of the Native Olympia Oysters in Southern California to harmful algal blooms.

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Student Ocean Scientist Program

AltaSea, in partnership with Reef Check and Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI), has developed the Student Ocean Scientist program, a marine curriculum to immerse students in the local marine environment, familiarize them with local ecosystems and introduce them to Reef Check’s citizen scientist concept.

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Bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and industry leaders

The campus will be a hub for all of us, including teachers, university faculty and students, to conduct community outreach and to engage the diverse community of K–12 students in marine experiences and the possibilities of employment in marine industries.

Tony Haymet
Vice Chancellor & Director Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

AltaSea makes a difference in my educational goal because it's a lot of hands-on learning and not just out of the text books which helps me to visualize my future in marine science.

Barbara Miatta Lemoh
John M. Muriel Olguin Campus, San Pedro High School

AltaSea has the potential for generating cutting-edge research that can benefit us all.

Timothy White
Chancellor, California State University

The best way for students to get the skills they need to lead happy and productive adult lives in a world with more and more technology and increasing environmental challenges is to include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education intertwined into all levels of school curricula.

Mike Schaadt
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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