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[…]

Full Scale outcropping with Succulents

We finished up our first full scale Outcropping made from recycled cardboard and bamboo plywood this past week and also installed our spagnum moss walls planted with native succulents, Dudleya Caspitosa on it’s back.  Here are a few pictures of the process as we laid it all out and put it together including some of[…]

Oceanic Scales new configuration

This is the newest configuration of Oceanic Scales, with our  “Outcroppings” style, three part installation + central control column. This new design is inspired by Frank Gehry’s easy edge furniture, combined with modern methods for slicing 3D forms via laser cutting.  These 3D visualizations illustrate how we are planning to set up the debut installation[…]

Elements complete, 20 diatoms to go…

We hit a milestone today as we have completed 120 element forms representing temperature, nutrients and PH of our oceans.  We’ve also completed 70 of our 85 diatoms forms.  All these forms are made from either Pine Resin or PLA 3D print filament. Both are industrially compostable materials that decompose at high temperatures. It was[…]

DIY and Professional Water Sensor options

I’ve been comparing various professional & DIY scientific water sensors for PH, Salinity, Dissolved Solids, Conductivity, etc. and have come up with these options.  I just purchased an Atlas-Scientific Conductivity kit.  While I’m told from a scientist friend of mine that they’re not accurate enough for published data collection, I’m hoping they’re sensitive enough for[…]

Water Quality Data Resources in S.F. & Monterey Bay

Here are a couple of great resources for obtaining live water quality data in the San Francisco Bay area. http://sfbay.wr.usgs.gov/access/wqdata/ http://sfbay.wr.usgs.gov/access/wqdata/query/index.html https://data.sfgov.org/ http://www.sfbayjv.org/resources.php In Santa Cruz / Monterey: http://oceandatacenter.ucsc.edu/PhytoBlog/ And in the Monterey Bay / Elkhorn Slew: http://www.mbari.org/lobo/loboviz.htm http://www.mbari.org/lobo/getLOBOdata.htm http://cimt.ucsc.edu/rtd.htm And a an interesting data site monitoring ocean color around the world: http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/  

Interactive Phytoplankton & Jellyfish exhibits at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Here’s a couple of links to some great projects at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, that allow visitors to interact with digital jellyfish, through a foot pump interface: http://www.lindsaydigital.com/2012/03/31/mbaq_jellies/ And another amazing touch screen interface for exploring the world of Phytoplankton: