A mobile deployment system for Oceanic Scales

The Mobile Coaction Lab (MCL) is coming along nicely, thanks to the hard work of IMFA graduate student Reed Hayden and his wide range of wood craft and boat building experience.  We’ve built the entire lab from native Maine fir and cedar, on top of an aluminum frame, to keep it light.  We’re getting ready to take[…]

Oceanic Scales at the Randall Children’s museum in San Francisco – Summer / Fall / Winter 2017-18

We’re very excited to be installing Oceanic Scales at the Randall Children’s museum in San Francisco this Summer for a 6-month show of the newest evolution of the project in conjunction with the grand re-opening of the museum after an extensive renovation.  This newest variation of the project includes a new set of wall and[…]

Oceanic Scales Lesson Plan #1: The Invisible World of Plankton

This is our first in our new series of lesson plans dedicated to exploring the world of plankton through art and science collaboration.  Students will gain new understanding, appreciation and emotional connections to phytoplankton by making the invisible visible through a series of lessons and interactive puzzle game experiences. DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE LESSON PLAN PDF HERE!

Oceanic Scales Lesson Plan #2: Phytoplankton Cards

This is the second in our new series of lesson plans dedicated to exploring the world of plankton through art and science collaboration.  Students will gain new understanding, appreciation and emotional connections to phytoplankton by creating a series of phytoplankton game cards, personalized with their own designs and game models. DOWNLOAD THE LESSON PLAN HERE IN PRINTABLE PDF[…]

Oceanic Scales Puzzle Game / App Beta Testing at Weatherbee Elementary

We had the opportunity last month to beta test our new Oceanic Scales puzzle game and app system with the 4th grade class of the Weatherbee Elementary School in Hampden, Maine.  Chynna Avery Felice, the creator of the Oceanic Scales lesson plans invited her partner Gene A. Felice II, co-creator of the Oceanic Scales puzzle game[…]

Oceanic Scales Lesson Plan #4: The Power of Recycling Graph

Students will gain an understanding of how and why recycling helps our environment while recording and comparing conscious choices they are personally making while setting goals for the future. What is plastic made from?  Why is it so important to conserve fossil fuels?   How do our recycling choices affect phytoplankton? DOWNLOAD THE LESSON PLAN HERE[…]

Oceanic Scales Lesson Plan #5: Understanding the Nutrient Cycle

Students will understand how upwelling affects the ocean nutrient cycle, which therefore allows phytoplankton to utilize the nutrients into energy.  Dense, cold water is normally found deep in the ocean.  The remains of dead, decomposing organisms sink to the ocean bottom making the deep ocean waters rich in nutrients.  However, phytoplankton, which are the basis[…]

Maine Sea Grant to fund final production of Oceanic Scales app system

Oceanic Scales has recently received a generous grant from the Maine Sea Grant to fund the final production of our App system.  With this grant we’ve hired on two new student developer / animators to assist with the final development of the initial app system.  New Media student Aidan Bauer and  Computer Engineering student Jack Britton have[…]

Epsilon Data Alliance Grant for Oceanic Scales App System

Alliance Data & EPSILON awarded a generous Community Outreach Grant to Oceanic Scales, funding the completion of an educational app version of the project that also serves as an augmented reality system to help reveal hidden layers of the Oceanic Scales interactive puzzle. They also donated an array of designers and app developers to design the app and gaming[…]

Water World: Artist Talks at Alter Space / SOMA – This Sat. 2pm

Featuring exhibiting artists Jeff Ray, Mary Franck and Kadet Kuhne, Jean Tarantino and Gene A. Felice II  Water World is an immersive multi-media exhibition at Alter Space Gallery that takes viewers on a journey through environments that posits our physical state of water and into our deep consciousness that reflect our relationships with water.  The artists[…]

Oceanic Scales at Soundwave festival – Alterspace / SOMA district – Opening July 26th

We were proud to be show Oceanic Scales as a part of the Soundwave Festival in San Francisco at Alterspace in the SOMA district, during August and September of 2014.  Here’s a link to more details:  http://www.soundwavesf.com/6/july26/ Project creator Gene Felice also presented Oceanic Scales at an artist talk on Saturday, August 2nd.  Here’s a link for more[…]

Oceanic Scales @ Soundwave ((6)) WATER – Cal Academy – Thursday, July 10th

The Oceanic Scales & Openlab teams were very excited to be participating this year in in Soundwave ((6)) WATER, opening with a sneak preview at the Cal Academy this Thursday evening, July 10th from 6 to 10pm.  We set up in the African Safari hall, right across from the Penguins display.  Here are some photos of[…]

Oceanic Scales @ the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Celebration – Sat. May 17th – 11am to 10pm

Oceanic Scales will be featured at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, this Saturday May 17th on the end of the Santa Cruz wharf, just above the Sea Lions.  We’ll be there from 11am to 10pm with an official lighting of the installation happening at 5pm when day light begins to fade to dusk.  We couldn’t think of[…]

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