Monday, June 2, 2003
Scripps Oceanography and the Birch Aquarium Create a Splash at the San Diego County Fair
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Presents a Century of Scientific Discovery
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Coinciding with Scripps's 100th birthday year, Scripps Oceanography and the Birch Aquarium will present the exhibit, Scripps Ocean Explorations, where visitors will experience the thrill of exploring the great depths of the ocean world. The 20,000-square-foot exhibit will include artifacts like a diver's shark cage and deep-ocean core samples, plus amazing videos from the world's oceans.
Each evening at 7:30 p.m., Scripps Ocean Explorations will feature "Meet the Scripps Explorer," with explorers presenting fun and engaging science discoveries and true-adventure tales for all ages.
Elsewhere on the fairgrounds, visitors will have the chance to walk through a life-size, inflatable gray whale, illustrating the enormous size and fascinating inner anatomy of whales.
Live costumed characters from the Birch Aquarium will stroll around the fairgrounds, including a whale, a shark, and a sea horse. And although sea horses are fish, horse lovers are in for a surprise in the World of Horses barn: a sea horse stall!
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps and the San Diego County Fair began their partnership in spring 2003 with an interactive assembly program for area schools that teaches kids about the wonders of kelp forests and the marine creatures that inhabit them.
Don't miss Scripps Ocean Explorations at the 2003 San Diego County Fair! For more information, please visit scripps100.ucsd.edu.
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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 graduate training in the world. The scientific scope of the institution has grown since its founding in 1903. A century of Scripps science has had an invaluable impact on oceanography, on understanding of the earth, and on society. More than 300 research programs are under way today in a wide range of scientific areas. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration. Now plunging boldly into the 21st century, Scripps celebrates its centennial in 2003.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the web: http://scripps.ucsd.edu
Birch Aquarium at Scripps on the web: http://aquarium.ucsd.edu
Scripps Centennial on the web: http://scripps100.ucsd.edu
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide 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 in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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