AltaSea to Offer Virtual Education Platform for Homebound Students

By Karen Robes Meeks

To help students homebound because of COVID-19, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is kicking off “Project Blue @Home,” a virtual education platform aimed at providing science-based programming with real-world applications.

Project Blue @Home allows students to engage with AltaSea staffers and leading marine science and exploration experts via live video chats, video question-and-answer sessions and pre-packaged lessons. The first video question-and-answer session is scheduled for April 17 and will feature Ocean Exploration Trust founder Dr. Robert Ballard, who located the doomed relic of the Titanic in 1985.

Ballard’s 64-meter research vessel E/V Nautilus is based at AltaSea.

“The COVID-19 crisis has created huge challenges for everyone, not least of all our young people,” said AltaSea CEO Tim McOsker. “With our fantastic partners and their commitment to providing valuable educational content to students, AltaSea is continuing its engagement to foster passion and learning in the critical role that the ocean has for our planet.”

McOsker himself will host a live chat to discuss the ocean economy for a segment of Project Blue @Home.

By Sarah Spangler