Science Fair and Open House set for Saturday, April 13 at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Science Fair and Open House set for Saturday, April 13 at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is set to host its annual science fair and open house on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marine Science Day is a free event that is family-friendly and aims to showcase marine research conducted on the Hatfield campus. This year’s theme is “Our Ocean, Our Future,” with activities and exhibits focusing on the technology used to understand and monitor the ocean.

Attendees can expect to see over three dozen hands-on exhibits that highlight research on marine birds and mammals, aquaculture, ocean noise, and fisheries. There will also be opportunities to learn about ocean engineering, interact with crabs and sea stars, observe plankton under microscopes, explore the Hatfield Visitor Center, and board the R/V Kalipi, a 29′ aluminum vessel used for nearshore research.

Special speakers K.C. Bierlich and Clara Bird from the Marine Mammal Institute’s GEMM Lab will discuss their use of drones to study baleen whales. Their experience includes studying Antarctic minke whales, humpback whales, and Adelie penguins using drone technology. The talk will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Carem Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building.

Behind-the-scenes tours have been expanded due to last year’s high interest. The tour schedule includes Hatfield’s Seawater System Tours, Yaquina Estuary Trail Tour, Vertical Tsunami Evacuation Tours, and Aquaculture Tour. All tours are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be obtained at the Welcome Tent in the courtyard area. The event will also include free access to the center for all visitors throughout the day. Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR.

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