Ocean Challenge Live!

Vendée Globe 2016-17


What is Ocean Challenge Live?

sitesALIVE! has produced 75 live, interactive, semester-long, curriculum-based, learning adventures since 1990 to excite and engage students in learning science, geography, math, and history, and all in a real world context.

For Vendée Globe 2016 (November 2016 – February 2017) we will offer:

Download Teachers Guide

Download Complete Teachers Guide (5MB)

Free Teacher’s Guide, written by teachers, with 15 weekly classroom activities, 15 current events activities and 10 team projects, focusing on Science, Math, Geography, & History. View the Common Core Correlations for each lesson.

Free on our website:

  • Daily: Ship’s Position & Log; Audio Report; Sleep & Asthma Data
  • Mon-Wed-Fri: Q&A with Skipper & Experts, Photos & Videos
  • Weekly: Essays by Skipper & an Expert on the Curriculum Topic of the Week
  • Meet our Team of Experts
  • Forums: Online, interactive, moderated forums on weekly curriculum topics allow students to comment, and to interact with peers, globally.
  • Participation certificate: A PowerPoint template will be available for download.

Why Vendée Globe?

“The Vendée Globe is the world’s greatest teaching tool.”…Rich Wilson

The drama of the solo, round-the-world, non-stop race, its risk and uncertainty of outcome, will excite and engage our student audience. Once engaged, curricular subjects that are unconvincing in textbooks, become convincing in this real world context.

The race overflows with science, geography, math, history, with stars, flying fish, whales and birds, with nutrition, sleep deprivation, and physical fitness, with materials science, physics, electronics, satellites and mechanical engineering, with aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, with solar, wind, hydro and fossil fuel energy systems, with risk and isolation, with determination, decision-making, problem-solving, and perseverance.


“The trick to teaching is to not let them know they’re learning anything
…until it’s too late!”

…Prof. Doc Edgerton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Fantastic program! What a thrill. Learning to the highest degree!”
…gifted & talented (grades 1–6) teacher, Indiana, USA

“We loved it! We used this program with social studies, math, science, computers and language arts! We did it all!”
…6th grade teacher, New York, USA

“At last, a truly interactive education program designed for the Internet. We’ve all been waiting for this.”
…7th grade teacher, Florida, USA

”sitesALIVE! is a great way to become part of a global community.”
…6th grade teacher, Massachusetts, USA