Indian River Lagoon Science Festival a Big Success

Lead by Nancy, our Education Director, we participated in last Saturdays Inaugural Indian River Lagoon Science Festival and had a great time.  At our booth we had two activities, transponder tagged seahorses and 'how do you measure up to a sea turtle?'  The turnout was larger than we anticipated with children and adults of all ages checking out the many exhibits that ranged from physics to agricultural sciences.  And here's the best part, after days of downpours we didn't get rained out!

It was great to see so many engineers, marine biologists, entomologists and other scientists working on the Treasure Coast that were willing to share their knowledge with the community and young future scientists.  Nancy and her interns did an amazing job.  We want to thank everyone who came by our booth and participated (see details in the captions below).

Nancy is showing one of the young participants how to locate "Sunchip" the lined seahorse who was wearing a transponder tag.  The tag is recorded using a RFID receiver when it is passed close to the seahorse.  Currently we are not using these on seahorses, but this technology is used to study fish movements.

Nancy is showing one of the young participants how to locate "Sunchip" the lined seahorse who was wearing a transponder tag.  The tag is recorded using a RFID receiver when it is passed close to the seahorse.  Currently we are not using these on seahorses, but this technology is used to study fish movements.

In this activity, kids measured a paper mache green turtle shell (based on a real carapace) and then estimated the weight of the turtle using a regression equation.  We also had them measure their own torso and then plot their length and weight on a graph.

In this activity, kids measured a paper mache green turtle shell (based on a real carapace) and then estimated the weight of the turtle using a regression equation.  We also had them measure their own torso and then plot their length and weight on a graph.