Moore, M. V. Wellesley College, mmoore@wellesley.edu
Metaxas, P. T. Wellesley College, pmetaxas@wellesley.edu

 
A NOVEL VENUE FOR MARINE SCIENCE EDUCATION: LOGAN AIRPORT, BOSTON
 
An interactive computer exhibit, based on new public art at Logan International Airport, is being designed to increase public appreciation and awareness of marine biodiversity in New England. The art installation, stretching the combined length of 700 meters, will feature more than 70 marine species and 6 habitats from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Kiosks, containing touch-sensitive computers and the interactive multimedia application, will be installed in all airport terminals. Users of the multimedia exhibit will be able to explore New England's marine resources, the value of the ocean to scientists, artists, and the general public, and human impacts on local ocean life. Activities within the program (e.g., interactive games and simulations) will encourage the use of both scientific thinking and the imagination. Parts of the program will be information driven, while others will be discovery-based and open-ended, thereby challenging users to ask questions and address problems. This project has the potential to serve as a model for future public science exhibits in nontraditional public spaces (e.g., airports, malls).
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 09:15 - 09:30am
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS53WE0915E