Special Programs


WHOI Seagrant Program

The WHOI Sea Grant program is committed to sponsoring research and extending scientific knowledge into local communities through its outreach, extension agents, and communications. As one of two Sea Grant programs in Massachusetts, it provides.


WHOI partnered with the New England Aquarium and the University of Massachusetts-Boston in forming the New England Center of Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE-NE), one of several centers around the U. S. funded by the National Science Foundation. These partnerships are educational resources for their regions, and bring together research scientists and educators to build regional capacity for ocean science education.


The Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership (WHSTEP) is a partnership of local schools, scientific institutions, businesses, and community resources. Its purpose is to support, promote, and expand science and technology education and science literacy in the participating communities.


WHOI worked with the creators of the popular online learning site Whyville to establish a virtual oceanographic institution at whyville.net. Researchers have worked with Whyville to develop ocean-related activities on the site.

Dive & Discover

This WHOI-based Website provides near-real-time access to ongoing oceanographic research at sea. Aimed at a middle school audience, the site contains interactive learning modules to support classroom learning. Expeditions are added to the site each year.

Ocean Instruments

This section highlights the instruments used in ocean research. College students, teachers and journalists are using this site to learn what ocean instruments do and how they work. Written in plain language and brought to life with images and multimedia, the site places instruments into a research context.