Beach-loving kids can follow their fascination with the sea to Coast Day on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Delawareâs Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. The family-friendly event features fun activities that tap childrenâs natural curiosity about the ocean.
âThis yearâs theme is âChecking in on Our Coast,ââ said event chair John Ewart of Delaware Sea Grant, which presents the event with UDâs College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. âKids can use their senses to explore marine science â and check out the tools our researchers use to do so, too.â
Touch tanks will display creatures like horseshoe crabs and small sharks that young visitors can pet while asking questions about the animals. Nearby, children can climb aboard research ships in the harbor to discover how scientists do field research. Free life jackets will be given to kids who sign a safe boating pledge, while supplies last, courtesy of the Marine Trades Association.
The magic of ocean chemistry will be revealed in a Chemical Magic Show at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Virden Center. George Luther, UD professor of oceanography, will perform glowing and exploding chemical magic tricks to explain marine-related phenomena.
Various labs will be open for interaction with scientists showing crabs, algae and other study subjects. At the Check It Out! exhibit in room 104 inside Cannon Lab, families can find out what lives in the ocean depths, view a life-sized model tubeworm, learn about underwater robots and see whatâs so interesting about marsh mud. Kids can dress up as marine scientists to learn all about career possibilities in this field.
Outside Cannon Lab, families can pick up a Childrenâs Treasure Hunt to answer questions about Coast Day found in displays and exhibits throughout the campus. Maps are free, and prizes will be awarded to children who answer all the questions.
Kids can make colorful creations at the fish printing station at the Mallway tent, and numerous groups include other childrenâs activities at their exhibits. When itâs time for a snack, stop by the Food Festival for an array of treats.
Coast Day is sponsored by DuPont Clear into the Future, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., UTEC Survey Inc., WMDTâCW-3, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
To download a program for Coast Day, visit this website. The event is rain or shine, with free admission and parking.
Note to the UD community: Free bus transportation to Lewes from Newark will be available for UD students and employees. Learn more.
Article by Teresa Messmore
Published in UDaily: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2013/sep/coast-day-kids-091912.html
Coast Day Site: http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/coastday/index.html
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