New exhibit opening July 9
Apr 14, 2011
Get charged up about the future of energy. On Saturday, July 9, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will open Boundless Energy, an outdoor, interactive exhibit that explores how we can use natural forces to power our lives.
Visitors can power a mechanical fish with solar energy.
Boundless Energy, made possible through the support of lead sponsor Sempra Energy Foundation, will showcase innovative ways to harness renewable energy from the sun, wind and ocean motion. The exhibit — located in the Robert Smargon Exhibit Court, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean — features highly educational, interactive elements that encourage learning through play.
The exhibit will deepen visitors' understanding of how renewable energy sources can produce clean electricity, the benefits and challenges of deriving energy from these sources and the innovations making this energy increasingly available in the marketplace.
- Explore renewable energy sources and decide how they would power the future.
- Get energized about new, cool technology that plugs into the power of the planet.
- Fuel their thinking with hands-on activities such as powering a mechanical fish with solar energy, comparing the latest wind turbine innovations, and creating green energy out of the blue at wave tanks and water tables.
- Expend their own "boundless energy" within a dynamic play area for children, where activity drives a kinetic water sculpture.
- Relax and recharge while discovering the sustainable practices in action all over the UC San Diego campus, including Birch Aquarium and Scripps Oceanography.
Boundless Energy is a natural extension of Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge, the aquarium's award-winning exhibit that presents the science of global climate change. Dedicated by former Vice President Al Gore in 2007, Feeling the Heat highlights Scripps' half-century of leadership in studying climate change and educates about current and projected environmental changes caused by society's over-use of fossil fuels.
"We want to show our visitors — especially children — the exciting future that awaits us all," said
Nigella Hillgarth, aquarium executive director. "Through human ingenuity, we can create a future in which clean power comes from renewable sources, a future that supports our quality of life and protects the health of people and our planet."
Boundless Energy will be open through 2016.
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About Scripps Institution of Oceanography Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of about 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $170 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 425,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu.