“The trick to education is to teach people in such a way that they don’t realize they’re learning until it’s too late.” – Harold “Doc” Edgerton, ScD

Global Ocean Literacy

Educational Passages pursues a world where all students understand and protect the ocean. Through oceanography, students learn physics, chemistry, biology, geology, climatology, meteorology, and environmental science. Through hands-on activities and meaningful opportunities, ocean literate students are enlightened and empowered. Our organization offers an engaging platform for classrooms and professional support for you, the educator.

Engaging Students

Our program uses a hands-on approach to captivate students of all ages.  We achieve student buy-in through the construction and personalization of a mini-boat.  We maintain their interest through our active boat map as they follow their vessel along ocean currents.  Throughout the experience, students will be exposed to oceanic phenomena and will be prepared to interact with classrooms across the sea.  The interdisciplinary nature of ocean exploration will engage students with varying interests.  Use our mini-boats to explore the following subjects.

  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Climatology
  • Meteorology
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • Map Reading
  • Naval Architecture
  • Public Policy

Our program touches upon a variety of topics, but environmental literacy is at the core of our mission to achieve global ocean literacy.  With this in mind, we align our lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Ocean Literacy principles, and NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program.


Mini-boat Vignette from WEST Portugal on Vimeo.

Supporting Educators

At Educational Passages, we acknowledge the burdens placed on educators and aim to make this program’s implementation seamless.  From classrooms to clubs, we help educators build, launch, and recover mini-boats.  We provide educational content and resources, and are available to help with any stage of your program.

Dive into your mini-boat program by exploring the following resources:

  • Aligned Lessons | Our NGSS and Ocean Literacy aligned activities will create a meaningful educational experience for your students. | Visit Page
  • Mini-boat Program Guide | This guide gives an overview of the mini-boat program. | Download
  • Global Connection Questionnaire | Use this document to introduce your students to cross-cultural experiences and send a completed questionnaire to miniboats@educationalpassages.com so we can maintain your boat’s cultural metadata. | Download

We have cultivated an international educational community reaching fourteen countries and growing monthly.  Our resources are your resources and our goal of achieving global ocean literacy is only possible with you, our educators.  We look forward to your contribution.