Oceanic Exploration Summer STEM Camp Kit for Grades 4-6

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In this incredible camp, students journey from the tropics to the poles, inspect arctic food webs, simulate coral reef adaptations and survey everything from the great river deltas to the Mariana Trench. They collaborate to bring the California sea otter back from the brink of extinction and track great white sharks across the open ocean, learning and answering important sea-dwelling questions about the variety of the oceans and the differences in ecosystems. Through action-packed activities, learners discover the physical and geological sciences that underpin all ocean life like density, buoyancy, heat transfer, plate tectonics and the water cycle.



  • Rubbermaid tub, 10 gal - 1
  • 100 mL plastic graduated cylinder - 6 
  • 3x5 Index Card - 100 
  • Baking soda (8 oz) - 1 
  • Clay (1 lb) - 7 
  • Colored pencils (pack of 12) - 6 
  • Dice - 30 
  • Dry erase markers - 36
  • Dry erase page pockets - 31 
  • Electric tea kettle - 1 
  • Food coloring (pack of 4) - 1 
  • Inflatable beach ball globe - 1 
  • Pencil sharpeners - 6 
  • Plastic bins (6 qt) - 6 
  • Plastic pipettes - 32 
  • Salt (1 lb) - 1 
  • Scissors pointed end (5in) - 15
  •  Feather - 1 
  • Sponge - 1 
  • Masking tape (60 yds) - 1 
  • Vinegar (1 qt) - 1 
  • Oceanic Exploration Instructor Manual 
  • Complete printed set of all student handouts


  • Curriculum and materials for 12 sessions. Sessions each include 1 hour of activities and can be combined as needed to accommodate a variety of time blocks.
  • Spiral Bound Instructor manual
  • All printed materials to be used by students (no copying necessary!)
  • Tools for documenting observations and data
  • Materials for modeling the water cycle, the sea floor, food chains, volcanoes, tectonic plates and more
  • Collaboration and discussion tips
  • Lesson extensions for differentiation

Each Activity Guide Includes:

  • Aligned STEM Topics, National Standards, 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind
  • Materials List
  • Schedule of Activities
  • Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Opening & Closing Discussion Questions
  • Extension Activities


  1. Ocean Geography
  2. The Water Cycle
  3. Deltas and Density
  4. Buoyancy and Adaptation
  5. Surface Temperature and Plankton
  6. The Arctic and the Food Chain
  7. Coral Reefs and Adaptation
  8. Underwater Volcanoes
  9. Deep Sea Trenches
  10. The Kelp Forest, Overfishing and Extinction
  11. The Kelp Forest, Science Research and Saving the Sea Otter
  12. Tracking the Great White Shark


Customer Quotes

“Great products...one of the best curriculum's out there, great help for teaching our video class”

- Christine R., Principal, Trinity Lutheran School, Kalispell, MT

“Screenwriting was awesome, our kids really loved these activities. It was also really nice to provide such a creative curriculum that addresses the standards in such a fun way.”

- Heather S., Director, After School, City of Fairfield, CA

“Having taught at the high school and college level, I was impressed with this curriculum. The materials and guidance were well put together and very thoughtful.”

- Michael L., Artist, Shea After School, Syracuse, NY

“This amazing program has enabled my students to comprehend the process of forensic science as well as the sophisticated vocabulary encompassed in the program's lessons.”

- Erica T., Freehold Public Schools, Freehold, NJ

“This is a well organized course that I would highly recommend to other programs.”

- Chad S., Teacher, School #18, Buffalo, NY

“The program is awesome! I’m doing it as part of an after school enrichment time. Our kids really enjoy the projects and it’s wonderful to use as everything is provided.”

- Karen S.,Teacher, Olympic Middle School, WA

“This is the perfect kind of activity for afterschool. It’s fun; students learn by getting involved. Everybody wants to be a part of it!”

- Kim L., Program Leader, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo NY

“They love it…it’s awesome. Kids are dying to get in it!”

- Audrey A., Teacher, Clifford Marshall Elementary School, Quincy, MA

“The Missing Money Mystery was very easy to follow. The children had such a great time at it, we even allowed our group to re-enact the entire mystery. This mystery was fantastic, and we are looking forward to our next exercise!”

- Jackie. J., Director/Detective, Hempstead P.A.L., Hempstead, NY

“The students were engaged and enjoyed the experiments. The story keeps the activities meaningful and provided an interested way to connect Florida Standards. The teacher’s manual was easy to follow and materials in the kits made it very convenient for set up. Overall, this is a great thing to do in afterschool and during the summer!”

- Betty C., Teacher, Genesis Center, Leesburg FL

“Playing with Percussion offers an exciting doorway to exploring percussion, communication skills and learning about different cultures.”

- Sheila K., Site Leader, Accord Corp, Youth Services Division, Belfast NY

“Our kids enjoyed making their own instruments, especially sanding. Playing all those grooves at the end was a lot of fun!”

- Nina P., Music teacher, Napa, CA

“The Cookie Jar Mystery was such a big hit at the middle school…which has been tough.”

- Charlie E., Teacher, Lexington County Schools, SC

“The Cookie Jar Mystery went really well, the kids talked about it for weeks. They were very excited and intrigued with the hands-on activities and I really enjoyed teaching it!”

- Brook T.,Teacher, Lincoln Middle Schools, TN