Marine Science Aquarium


One of our most important features here in the Marine Science program is the fact that we have the public aquarium and that public aquarium is great resource for students. The OCC aquarium is actually public so the public can come in free any time they want during the week. We also do science night once a year, which is targeted towards elementary school kids, which is really fun for them. We have a touch tank they get to actually see what being a marine scientist or marine biologist is all about. I was a big part with helping out with science night and making sure that everything ran smoothly there. I was in charge of the touch tank so I got to talk to people as they were experiencing touching a shark for probably the first time in their lives in a lot of cases. It’s a massive thing that we do educating these kids and kind of bringing awareness to not just the aquarium but science in general. Getting these kids interested in the sciences because they are going to be the ones shaping our future so if we can get them interested now in fish where it can be something as easy as they like the way that fish looks, that one looks funny. That kind of spark could manifest into something a little more potent later on in their life where they can look back on these experiences maybe when they’re future scientists changing the world. We get to do a lot of different types of things. Rather than just one whole tropical system we have tropical, temperate, brackish, fresh water so we have a lot going on in there. In terms of tours, we welcome students from young kindergarten and preschool age all the way up to visiting faculty from other universities or colleges or public aquariums. We love to give tours to everybody. If you guys want to learn more about us, you can visit us at facebook.com/occaquarium

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