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Ocean Commotion: Exhibitor Info

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Ocean Commotion provides students with an educational field trip destination and LSU researchers with a forum to display their research for the local community. Previous Ocean Commotions were covered in The Advocate, The Reveille, LSU Today, and local television stations. Each year this event brings more than 2,000 students to the LSU campus, many of them for the first time. It is never too soon to encourage children to think about what they want to be when they grow up and where they want to go to college.

Image: Save the Date! October 27, 2016

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2016 Exhibitors

Don’t Bite Me, I’ve got DEET
Mosquito and Rodent Control
Find out about the lifecycle of the mosquito, including reproduction, diet and development.

Audubon AquaVan
Audubon Nature Institute
The Audubon Nature Institute brings the wonders of the sea to you in AquaVan. Featuring a variety of ocean life through bio-facts and table-top items, we focus on conservation and education.

LSU Coastal Roots Program
LSU Coastal Roots Program
Plant bitter panicum grass stems to help the restoration of Louisiana’s beaches inJeffereson and Cameron parishes.

Louisiana’s Coast: Fighting for our Future
LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Wetlands Program
Learn about Louisiana’s coast and the lines of defense that protect our communities from storm surge.

Creature Features
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Observe a young American alligator and Louisiana pine snake and explore the special features that allow these native reptiles to live in their habitats.

Marine Debris Timeline
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory – Marine Education Center
Create a timeline with trash, while determining how long it takes different items to decompose in the environment.

US Army Corps of Engineers- Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System
US Army Corps of Engineers
Discover the birds of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Effect of Salinity on Seed Germination
St. Joseph’s Academy
What do seeds really require to begin growing? Students develop a take-home experiment exploring the effects of salt water on seed germination. Teacher information is available to continue the experiment in the classroom.

Water Cycle Bracelets
St. Joseph’s Academy
Explore the the world of water and learn the water cycle by making a bead bracelet.

Water Quality, Macroinvertebrates, and pH
St. Joseph’s Academy
Discover what’s living in the mud and water throughout our wetlands. Identify macroinvertebrates under the microscope to determine the water quality and wetland biodiversity.

Which way does your Marsh Grow?
St. Joseph’s Academy
Upside-down, right side-up – how do plants know which direction to grow in the rough world of waves? Explore the effects of gravity on plant growth and set up an experiment to continue in class.

Touch a piece of the Moon!
St. Louis School and NASA Solar System Ambassadors
Examine tiny samples of the Moon brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts in the late 1960s. Students compare the mineral content of these samples to those of rocks found on Earth. The website for the lunar sample education loan program is http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/interaction/lmdp/.

Our Wetlands and You!
Zachary Elementary School
Learn about industrial and environmental impacts along our coast, and appreciate the importance of restoration. Participate in an activity demonstrating our coastal dependence for many every-day products.

Boating through Education is Fun
Baton Rouge Sail & Power Squadron
Learn about ways to stay safe while boating, and receive visual aids and informative handouts.

LUMCON Your Coastal Classroom
Get your hands wet in a live touch tank filled with invertebrates from the Gulf of Mexico. Learn about both large and small organisms from the ocean’s depths.

Modern & Fossil Sea Life
LSU Museum of Natural Science
Explore marine specimens from our fish, bird and paleontology collections including the cast of a fossilbasilosaurus.

Minerals of Our Lives
LSU Geology Club
Investigate various topics in geology including: rocks and minerals, geologic mapping, fossils and the rock cycle. Activities will include demonstrations with various rock, mineral and fossil hand samples.

Whoo-se in Your Backyard?
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet
Learn about the animals that visit your backyard. Examine several education animals up-close, identify native species, and get tips on what to do if find an injured or orphaned animal.

Recreational Activities at Bonnet Carre’ Spillway
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Work alongside Corps Rangers to identify birds found in the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

Walnut Bayou – River Simulation Model
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Get your hands wet in this interactive river simulation model that demonstrates how rivers are formed, how they are connected and how pollution affects our water quality.

Watershed Wipeout
Learn about watersheds and non-point source pollution while playing a game for a prize. See how pollution enters our waterways, where it goes and how to prevent it.

CEGO – Coast and Environment Graduate Student Organization Ocean Exploration
LSU Coast and Environment Graduate Student Organization
Participate in interactive posters and activities that demonstrate predator-prey relationships, ocean zones, habitats and salinity.

Native Neighbors
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
We all rely on clean water to survive. Meet some of the creatures that live near you and are counting on you to keep their habitats safe!

Come Fish with Us
Coastal Conservation Association
Learn about conservation and why it is important for future generations.

Conservation Planting
Learn how coastal erosion affects the entire ecosystem. Simulate the effects of waves crashing against the shore and observe how sand behaves with and without barriers. Examine traits that allow some coastal plants to survive better than others. Receive a detailed flyer and “Dig It” activity book about soil health.

Multiple Lines of Defense Bead Bracelets
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
LPBF developed the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy to help save our coast. Make a bead bracelet so you can remember each of the 11 lines of defense necessary to protect our coast and our citizens from storms.

How to Age a Fish
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Use fish ear bones, called otoliths, to determine the age of the fish just like a biologist. This hands-on exhibit demonstrates how otoliths are collected and prepared. Students will test their abilitity to age a fish by viewing a prepared otolith through a microscope and count the rings.

Swamp in the City
BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Learn about the cool critters that call Bluebonnet Swamp home. Students can interact with artifacts from the swamp like shells, skins and skulls and have a chance to touch live snakes and alligators.

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, Baton Rouge Response Boat Display
U.S. Coast Guard
Climb aboard the U.S. Coast Guard’s 29-foot rescue boat used to conduct operations on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Geaux Coastal
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
See the importance of Louisiana’s coastal wetland habitat during a guided LDNR demonstration.

Discovery Hall Programs- Touch Table
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Curiosity and exploration thrive at the Touch Table, where the ocean is at your fingertips. Marine specimens, from sharks, rays and bony fishes to squid and mollusks, are arranged on the table for students to view, touch and ask questions.

Things with Rings
PAST Lab, LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology
The Paleoclimate and Anthropology Studies Laboratory (PAST Lab) reconstructs climate and ocean conditions of the past. See how we reconstruct climate using coral skeletons, bivalve shells, tree ring cores and cave deposits.

Who lives here?
Birds build their nests to suit their specific needs such as size, location and protection. Take the challenge  and determine which bird belongs in which nest.

Gyotaku Fish Printing
Louisiana Sea Grant
Roll a rubber model of a fish with tempera paint and press it onto paper to make your own version of the traditional art that Japanese fishermen used to record their catch.

Amazing Marine Animals
Louisiana Sea Grant
Walk the length of a life-sized model of a fin whale and learn how baleen whales feed.

How Do You Compare?
Louisiana Sea Grant
Whales and dolphins seem completely unrelated to us; yet, they have extraordinarily similar internal structures. Discover how we’re not so different from other animals after all.

Feel Trip
Safari Club International-Louisiana Chapter
See, feel and touch animal skulls, hides and taxidermy mounts from coastal and aquatic animals.

Sea-rious Science
University of South Mississippi
Experience “Sea-rious Science.” Participate in hands-on activities or demonstrations that explain fundamental oceanographic concepts, such as ocean acidification and density properties of water.

Somethings Fishy
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Touch, see, smell and learn how to identify a variety of real (but dead) native fish on ice.

Mysterious Wetland Wonders
Reach inside the mystery boxes and read the clues to try and identify the wetland item hidden inside. No peeking!

Which Ways Which? Anadromous vs. Catadromous Fish
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Learn which fish species depend on our oceans and rivers to complete their life cycle and how they do it. See the fish and the habitats they live in!

Oysters on the Half Shell
Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery
Discover the importance of oysters in Louisiana – both in nature and as a commercial industry and learn about the oyster dredge, one of the tools used to collect wild oysters. See live oysters from the hatchery and samples of their different life stages.

Weather–What the World is Watching!
NOAA/National Weather Service
Learn about the atmosphere and the environment with a hands-on tornado simulator, a hurricane toss game and a river hydrology model.

Migration Mishaps
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Play a game to find out if you survive a migration despite the hazards of human encroachment and habitat loss.

Sea and Discovery
LSU Dept. of Biological Sciences
Get your hands wet at this touch table where you will see and touch living marine animals from North America. Other interactive activities include scope-on-a-rope, where you can see microscopic animals move on the big screen!

Soil Runoff Race
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Discover the effects of water runoff from three types of agricultural land uses.

Mangroovy Marshes
LSU and The Water Institute of the Gulf
www.oceanography.lsu.edu/politolab  and  http://www.thewaterinstitute.org
Some salt marshes in the northern Gulf of Mexico are changing to mangrove forests. Discover the differences between marsh grasses and mangrove trees and learn how shrimp, crabs and fish live in this new habitat.

“Glowing” Through the Ocean
Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts
Walk through a dark tunnel and discover the colorful world of fluorescence and biolumination in the ocean. Learn how these forms of light emission are used by marine organisms.

The Litter You Don’t Consider
Louisiana State University AgCenter/LA Sea Grant
Crawl through common sources of marine debris while learning ways that you can help reduce ocean pollution!

Boating Safely
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Learn about boating safety with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

U.S.C.G. MH-65D Helicopter
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
Sit at the controls of a rescue helicopter and learn about life-support equipment used by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in New Orleans.

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue in Louisiana
Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue in Louisiana
Discover marine mammal and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release options in Louisiana. Learn about the threats these animals face and what you can do to help an animal in distress!

Furs, Pelts, Birds and Water!
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Touch real furs and pelts of animals found in Louisiana, while exhibitors explain the importance of clean waterways for humans and animals. Listen to a brief history of artist and naturalist John James Audubon’s adventures in West Feliciana parish.

Water-Wise in BR: Groundwater Resources in the Capital City
Louisiana Office of Conservation
Understand the importance of groundwater in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas while also providing insight into water use and water resources. View our new “Water-Man” materials and video.

State of Louisiana Giant Traveling Map
Louisiana Geographic Education Alliance
Explore an interactive 16′ by 20′ map of Louisiana. Learn from entertaining and instructive lessons to better understand geographic skills as well as history, economics, civics, earth science and technology. Socks must be worn to walk on the map.

Wacky Wetland Soils
Student Wetland Society at LSU
Examine soil samples and determine how terrestrial and aquatic soils differ. See how water moves through our soils.

Our Fascinating Oceans!
Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy
Discover the importance of our oceans and how our actions have compromised ocean life, including the effects of acidification of the water.

Satellites View Commotion OVER and IN the Ocean
Earth Scan Laboratory
Watch awesome animations of deadly hurricanes and ocean currents and see how they form and intensify. View and discuss the three floods of 2016!

Motion in the Ocean
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Interact with “moving photographs” and hands-on activities of swaying seahorses, stalking sharks, jiving jellyfish and creatures of the deep.

From Predator to Plate
Kids Love the Gulf
Learn about the lionfish, its invasion of the Gulf and ongoing efforts to stop their expansion.

Fun with Seawater
LSU Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Learn how to layer water, by using samples of different salinities. Use a refractometer and a hydrometer to measure several different solutions and visually see salinity gradients using different colors of water and floating objects.

USS KIDD: Guardian of the Seas
USS KIDD Veterans Museum
See World War II artifacts, such as a sailor’s Kapok life jacket and battle helmet. Examine examples of rope work that have practical day-to-day uses. Multi-subject lesson activities on history, geography, music, chemistry, measurements and simple machines available upon request or teachers.

Coastal Protection: More or Less Land?
LSU Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Explore the effect of protective structures on the deposition or scouring caused by water movement.

Horseshoe Crab Jeopardy
Louisiana Sea Grant
Play Horseshoe Crab Jeopardy, touch a real horseshoe crab (exo)skeleton, view horseshoe crab innards and watch videos of scientists going out to play under a full moon to study horseshoe crabs.

Where Did It Go!? (Grades 5-8, Session 1)
David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy
Explore the importance of wetlands to reduce flood damage, minimize soil erosion and act as a filter for pollution.
Niche Match (Grades K-4, Session 2)
Play a matching game about wetland organisms and their niches.


Let’s go to the Zoo…plankton!
LSU Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Discover everything about plankton. Participate in exciting activities, such as face cut-out displays and matching games, while learning about their life cycle, distribution and global importance. Interact with oceanographers, see their sampling gear in action and view fascinating organisms through a microscope and a FlowCam®. Use 3-D glasses to experience life at the bottom of the ocean.

Flood Fighter Challenge
LSU AgCenter
Take the flood fighter challenge and explore ways to protect your home by using elevation, sand bags, levees, flood walls and other mitigation methods.

Lucky Leprechaun Strikes Again
Engineering Mentor Group
Learn how petroleum engineers drill exploration wells to look for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Not-So-Little Mermaid
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
Manatees are common visitors to Louisiana in the spring and summer. See how scientists use distinctive scars to identify individual manatees. Learn more about these mammals and safe boating practices to avoid harming them.