Thousands of young aspiring scientists and oceanographers and their families and teachers got a hands-on lesson on how to measure ocean properties at the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Exhibit during the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., last week.
Members of the OOI Team led visitors, ranging in all ages, through a hands-on data collection and measurement experiment to get a glimpse of what information and data will be available with the OOI. Many of the visitors were excited about the OOI and were amazed by what a revolutionary step it represents in our ability to study and understand the ocean. Those who participated in the experiment measured some ocean parameters, including temperature and salinity, from water samples using real scientific equipment. This outreach event is one of many taking place across the OOI program as program scientists and engineers reach out to educators, students and the general public in various communities.