SECOORA Inspires Future Ocean Experts at St. Petersburg Science Festival

On October 18, SECOORA participated in the St. Petersburg Science Festival. Since 2011, the festival hosted on the Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg, FL has been inspiring children to get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities. It is estimated the two-day event attracts over 25,000 visitors.

SECOORA, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (GCOOS-RA), and the University of South Florida (USF) teamed together to help cultivate the future generation of ocean observers. The joint exhibit highlighted how to bring real-time ocean and coastal data to the classroom and household.

SECOORA would like to thank Jay Law of USF Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction Systems and Chad Lembke of USF Center for Ocean Technology for providing a buoy and an autonomous underwater vehicle, Murphy, for display. The buoy and glider drew high traffic and media attention. As visitors explored SECOORA’s data portal they were able to relate the data to the piece of equipment.

WTSP/CBS produced a web story based on our collaborative exhibit. Click here to view video/ story.

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