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Scientists and students will be sharing information about the deepest ocean to the outer reaches of the solar system and so much in between at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) 14th biennial open house. School children of all ages, families and community members are invited to attend the SOEST Open House at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, October 20, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

In addition to UH Mānoa faculty, staff and students, organizations such as the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Waikīkī Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be participating.

kids at science display

Nearly 90 different exhibits will be offered, including:

  • Make-a-quake—Make a real earthquake in a model of the Pacific region.
  • Explosive eruptions—Safe demonstration of an explosive eruption fueled by dry ice. In less than 1 second, an explosion will carry 20 gallons of water into a 10-meter-high eruption column.
  • Life and times of the humpback whales—how big is a humpback whale? How do they feed?
  • Surf’s up—What causes waves? And how do you measure waves?
  • Create a hurricane—Create ideal hurricane conditions by changing the winds, latitude, moisture, and sea temperature in an interactive online game.
  • Polynesian Voyaging Society: Mālama Honua—crew members and other volunteers share activities and knowledge with the attendees. Learn about the science at sea and celestial navigation.
  • Journey to the deep sea—Dive to the deepest, coldest depths and see animals from different deep-sea habitats including whale and wood falls, Antarctica and the abyssal Pacific Ocean. Learn how scientists collect these animals and what makes them unique.

More than 7,700 people attended the last SOEST Open House held in 2015. This event is free and open to the public, don’t miss out.

Visit the SOEST Open House website for more.

—By Cindy Knapman

a scientist explaining something on a board to student

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