Science at the Stadium

The Ocean Discovery Zone is a popular booth for all ages! (c) ECOGIG

About Science at the Stadium

See photos of previous Science at the Stadium seasons on Facebook  

Science at the Stadium is an extension of the Ocean Discovery Zone program and is one of our signature outreach activities. Science at the Stadium was initiated in Fall 2014 at the University of Georgia and has since expanded to include other institutions from our consortium, including Florida State University and Pennsylvania State University.

Football is a passion for people around the country -- especially in the southeastern United States -- and a remarkable number of people fill our stadiums every Saturday in the Fall. By presenting the Ocean Discovery Zone exhibit to football fans during long days of tailgating, we're able to reach people who might not otherwise seek out the information we can provide.

Non-scientists of all ages visit our booth throughout the day to drive the model Remotely Operated Vehicles and earn honorary ECOGIG Pilot's Licenses. Visitors can build unique deepwater corals and tube worms, learn about chemosynthesis, see a model of a natural hydrocarbon seep, and view video content and information displays about the Gulf, deep sea exploration and the importance of a healthy ocean.

Science at the Stadium provides a great opportunity for face-to-face interaction with visitors about our work and its relevance and broader impacts. Their questions and enthusiasm are inspiring and thought-provoking.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) wrote an article about this signature event - you can find it online here.

ECOGIG outreach staff chatting with Penn State fans at Penn State's Fan Fest on September 3rd, 2016.

 

ECOGIG graduate student Sarah Harrison sharing our model ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) with Georgia fans at our first Science at the Stadium event of 2015.

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