The Ocean Discovery Zone is an exhibit booth and hands-on activity station designed to give non-scientists of all ages access to information about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico and the importance of healthy ocean ecosystems. Visitors can meet and talk with ECOGIG marine scientists to learn about their research expeditions and the tools they use to collect information about the deepwater ecosystems of the Gulf. Exhibit highlights include a deep-sea coral Build*Draw*Learn station, simulated natural gas seep, and a tank where participants can drive a model ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and become an honorary member of the ECOGIG ROV pilot team. Participants can also interact with a variety of displays and videos to learn more about the amazing and unique Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and our work to assessing the impact of the Deepwater Horizon accident on those systems.
The Ocean Discovery Zone is available at a variety of events and schools throughout the year. In the Fall we set up the exhibit at major college football games. This initiative - Science at the Stadium - began in 2014 at the University of Georgia and expanded to Florida State University in 2015 and Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Additional Ocean Discovery Zone appearances have included the 2016 Atlanta Science Festival, the 2014 and 2015 Athens Montessori School Fall Festival, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory open house in 2016. We have brought elements of the Ocean Discovery Zone to several schools throughout the Athens, Georgia region. Contact us if you are interested in a school visit.
Athens Montessori School students investigating the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) tank at their Fall Festival. (c) ECOGIG
Dr. Annalisa Bracco sharing ECOGIG research and information about the Gulf of Mexico to a group of Cowan Road Middle School students (Griffin, GA). Photo courtesy of Steven Taylor, CEISMC