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OUTREACH:NOAA Participates in USA Science & Engineering Festival

Published May 2012

Family looking at staff presentation

A large contingent of NOAA staff, lead by NOAA Education, participated in the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29, 2012.

NOAA staff offered a considerable range of hands-on activities, among which included:
  • Water World - how much water in the world is potable?
  • A demonstration of the online "Young Meteorologist Program"- a new, interactive safety program for children developed in partnership with the National Weather Service.
  • A computer interactive game on the importance of Lightning Safety - how to prepare and what to do before lightning strikes.
  • Operating a small-scale underwater ROV (Remote operated Vehicle) with video of real-life underwater exploration in the deep sea
  • Build-a-Buoy - kids of all ages devised their own design of a navigational buoy, tested to see if it floated, then added as many instruments to see how long it could remain afloat.
  • Ocean Acidification demonstration - this shows how a global scale change in the basic chemistry of the oceans is a direct result of the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
  • Turtle Excluder Device (TED) demonstration - how commercial fishermen can catch fish but decrease the numbers of sea turtles caught in fishing nets.
  • Find the shipwreck
  • Spin the Wheel of Marine Mammals - an identification of the diversity of marine mammals.
  • Identify all the specimens with a NOAA Teacher at Sea
  • Follow the Line - an instruction in basic hydrography
  • Build an isacahedron globe of the Earth.
  • Whale and sea turtle origami

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