Education Programs

In-House and Outreach Education Programs

All programs last approximately 45 minutes, workshops last approximately 90 minutes.  Programs with an * are available as an outreach program in your facility! 

If you have more than 35 students, your group will be broken up into smaller groups and additional programs will be scheduled for your group. Programs can be scheduled as early as 9:15am.  These education programs can be added to your Nauticus visit for an additional $2 per student.  Workshops are available for an additional $4 per student.

Reservations:  Call (757) 664-1021 or (800) 664-1080 ext 41021 or e-mail

Ready, Aim...Fire.  Force, Motion and Energy (The Physics of a Turret) (Grades 5-9, recommended for grade 7) *

This team-building activity is based on the physics of the Battleship Wisconsin's 16" guns.  Using everyday objects, students will design and construct a working "turret".  By practicing basic principles of physics, students then compete against each other to see which team designed the most effective turret.

VA SOLS: 5.1i, j, k; 6.1 b, e; LS.7a, b; PS1.b; PS10.a, c, d

NEW - S.O.S (F.C.)  Save our Ship from Corrosion (Grades 4-6, recommended for grade 5)

Using authentic steel from the Battleship Wisconsin, students will explore the environmental sources that have an impact on the battleship's hull.

VA SOLS:  4.1a, b, c, e, f, g, i, k; 5.1e, f, I and 5.4a; 6.1b, d, g, h, 6.5c

NEW - Risky "Wisky" Weather (Grades 4-7, recommended for grade 4)*

How "cool" would it be to forecast the weather on a Battleship?  The students will learn how weather can affect ship performance and how sailors prepare for storms at sea.  Give your students the change to explore weather phenomena as well as collect data using forecasting instruments. 

Pre-Visit Activity

NEW - Mighty Magnets (Grades 1-4, recommended for grade 2)

Every wonder how battleships and magnets are related?  Well, come aboard the Battleship Wisconsin and discover the attractive qualities of magnets and their importance in navigation.

VA Science SOLS: 1.1a, c, f, j;  2.1, 2.2; 3.1a, b, j; 4.1b

Pre-Visit Activity

Watershed Field Investigation (Grades 4 - 8) - Outreach only*

Take your students outdoors! Examine how the health of their schoolyard affects the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed by using GPS units, taking soil samples and testing for nutrient pollutants. (Maximum of 30 students per program)
VA Science SOLs: 4.5, 4.8, 5.1d,i; 6.7; LS6a, c; LS8a, d; LS9b,c; LS10b,c; LS11d, e

Great Guns of Fire (Grades 1-12)

Awesome experiments investigate the science of energy, force and pressure associated with Battleship design! The USS Wisconsin's 16-inch guns are the basis for the concepts in this program!
Virginia Science SOLs: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, PS.1, PS.6, PS.10

Early Learners (Grades Pre-k - K) - Perfect outreach for your early learners!*

Includes a story, craft and science activity involving a live demonstration with one of Nauticus' own live animals!  Topics include wacky science, weather, deep sea adventures, and more!  (Nauticus can bring one of our own live animals to your facility if this is booked as an outreach program, upon request)

NEW - Simple Machines Made Simple (Grades 2-4, recommended for grade 3)

Students will identify, experiment, and locate the six standard types of simple machines on the Battleship Wisconsin.

VA Science SOLS:  3.2

Cool Science (ANY)*

Experience amazing liquid nitrogen and combustion experiments as you discover the science of temperature and states of matter.
Virginia Science SOLs: K.1, K.2, K.5, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.9, 5.1, 5.4, 6.1, 6.4, PS. 1, PS.2, PS.4, PS.7

Seeing the Sea (K-5)*

Learn about ocean animals, light and sound, ocean pressure and more! 

Virginia Science SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.6, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.7, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Nauticus Workshops

These workshops will combine interactive classroom activities with intensive experience based learning. Workshops last approximately 90 minutes.  These workshops can be added to your Nauticus visit for an additional $4 per student.

Weather Workshop (Grades 3-8)

Observe, feel and create the weather! Track a hurricane and learn weather trivia as your students play the Hurricane Adventure Game. Learn about weather instruments and even create a cloud like the swirling clouds you will see on NOAA's Science On a Sphere!
Virginia Science Science SOLs: K.8, 2.1, 2.6, 3.1, 3.8, 4.1, 4.6

Watershed Workshop (Grades 4-9)

Is the water in your backyard healthy?  Discover how we are all connected to our watershed by examining our aquatic habitat.  This program introduces students to the role watersheds play in our lives. 

Virginia Science SOLs: 3.1, 3.9, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 6.1, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9

Robotics Workshop (Grades 5-12)

Remotely operated vehicles are the cutting-edge technology used to explore the ocean.  Build your own ROV and test it out in this workshop!

Virginia Science SOLs: PS.1, PS.10, PS.11,  PH.1, PH.3, PH.4, PH.5, PH.7, PH.8, PH.12, PH.13.

Under the Sea Workshop (Grades 2-8)

Everything you want to know about ocean science in this hands-on workshop. Learn about light and sound, adaptations ocean animals have to survive, as well as including an opportunity for dissection.
Virginia Science SOLs: 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, LS.1, LS.10

Elizabeth River Eco Expedition (preferably for grades 4+)

Get onboard the Victory Rover! This in depth field trip will consist of a three-part guided boat trip exploring the Elizabeth River's ecology, biology and history. Perform water chemistry experiments, hands on activities with a coastal enviroscape and perform biological sampling. Field trips must begin at 9:00 a.m. $20 per person. Groups must be a minimum of 40 with a maximum of 100 per group including chaperones. Fee includes Nauticus admission!
Virginia Science SOLs: 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9, LS.1, LS.7, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, LS.12, ES.1, ES.9, BIO.1, BIO.7, BIO.9

Large Screen 3D Movies - Included in your admission ticket!

Check our daily schedule for showtimes. 

Wild Ocean

Wild Ocean is an action-packed giant screen adventure that plunges viewers into an underwater freeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins and billions of fish collide with the most voracrious sea predator, mankind.   

Fighter Pilot

John ("Otter") Stratton is a young American fighter pilot who flies the F-15 Eagle, arguably the most potent and successful fighter plane ever built. His grandfather was a decorated World War II flying ace, and he intended to follow in his footsteps. At Red Flag, the international training exercise for air forces of allied countries, many of the world's best pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers. Red Flag is the final training for pilots and their aircrews before being sent into actual combat. We follow our young pilot as he makes his way through this extraordinary event held in the desert of Nevada. He is amazed at how complex, challenging and dangerous the exercises are. He begins to notice team members who were not a part of his childhood vision of heroism, the support team crucial to a successful mission, and to a safe return home. In the aerial combat exercises, there are other pilots who aren't out just to prove themselves, they are helping him -- watching his back. And he is doing the same for them. He begins to realize that being a hero is not quite as simple as he once might have thought.  

Additional movies available in our Last Screen Theater (these movies are not 3D)

USS Wisconsin: The Last Battleship

Discover why the USS Wisconsin is truly the most unique battleship in the world. Experience the excitement and nostalgia as the guns fire from the deck for the last time. This inspiring documentary, produced by Wisconsin Public Television, chronicles the life of the Battleship Wisconsin, defines its unique place in history, and profiles the courageous men who went to war on her decks.
Virginia History and Social Science SOLs: USII.1, USII.7, WHII.11, VUS.11, VUS.12

*This movie is shown upon request with advanced reservations only.

Gateway to the World Digital HD Film

With the largest natural harbor on earth, the Port of Virginia serves as a gateway to the world through maritime operations. This original hi-definition film captures Port activity as choreographed motions of trains, cranes and container ships reveal the beauty of transportation where workers are the masters of the machinery that dwarves them.

*This movie is shown upon request with advanced reservations only. 

 VA Science SOLS:  4.1c; 4.6a, b, c; 6.1a, b, 6.5d; 6.6b, e, f



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