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Meet the Scientists: Ocean and Atmosphere Day, June 30, 2013

For Immediate Release:
June 01, 2013

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Meet the Scientists: Ocean and Atmosphere Day, June 30, 2013

NOAA Research Vessel Bell M. Shimada Docks at the Exploratorium June 28- July 1

The Exploratorium is proud to be a partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2009; and is celebrating it on Sunday June 30 with the public. Meet oceanic and atmospheric scientists from NOAA who helped develop some of the latest Exploratorium exhibits, see fish head dissections, and get a sneak peek at their research vessel June 28 through July 1.

During the latest docking of the Bell M. Shimada at Pier 15 at the Exploratorium, on June 30 only, some lucky visitors will be able to walk-through this 209-foot, state-of-the-art fisheries research vessel. The 30-min. tour will include a visit to the ship bridge, laboratory, and the back fishing deck.

  • Entries are extremely limited and on a first-come first-serve basis from 1-4pm only. Only about 250 people total will be given entry. All visitors will undergo ID checks.
  • Visitor requirements: flat, closed-toed shoes only. While there is no age limit, visitors must be mobile (able to climb ladders and gangways without assistance) and children must be accompanied by adults.
  • No strollers or wheelchairs allowed.
  • Bags are not allowed on board or will be searched.

The Bell Shimada monitors protected species, observes weather, conducts oceanographic research, and surveys marine animal populations. This docking is part of a series of NOAA ship visits to the Exploratorium. Another ship visit is expected in August. Other NOAA programs include the recently installed oceanic buoy that monitors carbon dioxide in the Exploratorium’s lagoon.

"The NOAA-Exploratorium partnership is an excellent example of how NOAA scientists, data, and other assets can be integrated into education programs that impact a worldwide audience," said Louisa Koch, Director of NOAA Education.

Other programs for the day inside the Exploratorium include:

  • Meet scientists and crew from the Bell Shimada, hear about their work on the open seas, and investigate the exhibits the Exploratorium has already developed with their data.
  • Local ocean, atmosphere and the Bay environment researchers from the Romberg Tiburon Center, Stanford University, and the UC campuses at Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz, available throughout the museum for visitors. NOAA scientists and local Exploratorium collaborators helped develop exhibits such as Remote Rains, and the Wired Pier, which use data from a suite of instruments and sensors in the water and on the roof. The scientists will present current research in ocean acidification and explore topics such as weather forecasting in the Bay Area, powerful Pacific storms, and how tiny ear bones of fish can explain much about marine life.

  • Marine archaeologist and Director of NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program Jim Delgado will share the history of sunken Gold Rush ships buried beneath city streets.
  • Exploratorium Explainers to offer fish head dissection in the East Gallery.

“Our move to the San Francisco piers have given us wonderful opportunities to explore the Bay, oceans and atmosphere,” said Mary Miller, Exploratorium’s Director of the NOAA Partnership. “And the work with NOAA scientists across the agency the last few years gave us an invaluable leg up on developing exhibits and programs in areas of weather, fisheries, climate, and environmental monitoring. With the physical presence of NOAA ships and the buoy, we can really tell the story of how data is gathered and ocean and atmosphere research is conducted."

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About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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