Curiosity Days at Pacific Science Center
Join Alaska Fisheries Science Center's John Jansen, Erin Richmond and Cynthia Christman, three scientists who work in our Polar Ecosystems Program, on March 1-3, 2019 at the Pacific Marine Science Center for Curiosity Days: Climate Change. The scientists will also have a few helpers from the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences to conduct this year's activities.
Saturday, March 2
Thermal Detection of Seals
Erin Richmond and Cynthia Christman will demonstrate how the Alaska Fisheries Science Center uses infrared thermal cameras to study seals that live in remote areas of the Arctic on sea ice. Kid friendly hands-on activities include: a "make your own ice seal" station and a matching activity that challenges visitors to pair up thermal and color images to locate and identify animals on the ice.
Sunday, March 3
Through a unique story-telling approach, John Jansen will share information on how changes that are occurring in the Arctic due to climate change are affecting the seals that make their homes on sea ice. The target age for this activity is kids 5-10 years. However, in previous year's when John has conducted the activity, even older teens (and parents!) have been caught playing with the seals. The story consists of 3 elements: 1) a magnetic Arctic map puzzle with animal pics as an intro to the north and polar habitats in general; 2) a microcosm seal habitat with floating ice and mini seals to scatter and count under diminishing ice conditions; and 3) the wrap up to discuss why ice is melting, what is causing it, and how they can help. Younger kids will sometimes just help with the puzzle and learn about seals while playing in the microcosm. Older kids will usually insist on finishing all the elements once they start (they want to EARN their badges!).
Curiosity Days: Climate Change is a three-day event at the Pacific Marine Science Center in partnership with University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory to introduce members of the public to cutting-edge research, interactive exhibits and the nation’s top polar scientists.