Annual Open House

What does it mean to do ocean science at a world-class research institution? This July, you will have the opportunity to find out. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will host its annual open house from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday, July 20. Come meet our scientists and staff while you explore a wide range of scientific demonstrations and activities. You will be introduced to some of our robotic research aides, meet some of the smallest organisms on the planet, and far more.

This event is free and open to the public. Community members of all ages are invited to come and not just learn about, but be a part of, the cutting-edge science being conducted at Bigelow Laboratory. For more information, email info@bigelow.org.



EVENT SCHEDULE

Events begin near the main entrance to Laboratory and last 15 to 20 minutes. Schedule subject to change.


10:00
OPEN HOUSE BEGINS - Come decipher our Minute Mysteries, conduct hands-on science experiments, catch plankton on the dock, learn about the incredible research our scientists are doing, and much more.

10:30
HOW KELP CAN HELP - At an experimental set up in our Seawater Suite, Brittney Honisch will describe how growing kelp could help mitigate ocean changes and fuel Maine’s growing aquaculture industry.

10:30
OUR AUTONOMOUS GLIDERS – Dave Drapeau will introduce you to our autonomous underwater gliders, Henry and Grampus, which we use to study the Gulf of Maine.

11:00
EVEN MICROBES GET THE FLU – Dr. Joaquín Martinez Martinez will describe the important role viruses play in the ocean, and the potential applications they hold for biotechnology.

11:00
KEEPING SHELLFISH SAFE TO EAT– Learn about the Bigelow Laboratory’s role in monitoring Maine’s shellfish for toxins with Craig Burnell.

11:30
CULTURING DIVERSITY – Explore our National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA), the world’s largest and most diverse collection of marine phytoplankton with Rimar Reed.

11:30
ROBOTS MAKE GOOD SCIENTISTS – Corianna Mascena will show how laboratory robots are used to get our science done faster and better.

12:00
A SEA OF OPPORTUNITY – Meet our new president and CEO, Dr. Deborah Bronk, and hear about what inspired her to study the ocean and to join us at Bigelow Laboratory.

12:30
HOW KELP CAN HELP - At an experimental set up in our Seawater Suite, Brittney Honisch will describe how growing kelp could help mitigate ocean changes and fuel Maine’s growing aquaculture industry.

12:30
OUR AUTONOMOUS GLIDERS – Dave Drapeau will introduce you to our autonomous underwater gliders, Henry and Grampus, which we use to study the Gulf of Maine.

1:00
EVEN MICROBES GET THE FLU – Dr. Joaquín Martinez Martinez will describe the important role viruses play in the ocean, and the potential applications they hold for biotechnology.

1:00
KEEPING SHELLFISH SAFE TO EAT– Learn about the Bigelow Laboratory’s role in monitoring Maine’s shellfish for toxins with Craig Burnell.

1:30
CULTURING DIVERSITY – Explore our National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA), the world’s largest and most diverse collection of marine phytoplankton with Rimar Reed.

1:30
ROBOTS MAKE GOOD SCIENTISTS – Corianna Mascena will show how laboratory robots are used to get our science done faster and better.


AVAILABLE ALL DAY

Commons
Try to decipher our Minute Mysteries

Commons
Grab props and snap pics at our photo booth

Classroom
Participate in art activities, including Design-a-Plankton and Ocean Life coloring

Mezzanine
Conduct real science with hands-on experiments

Dock
Practice using oceanographic research equipment, such as a Secchi disk and a Niskin bottle

Shore Facility
View live plankton from the river under a microscope

Shore Facility
Decorate our shore road with sidewalk chalk