2011 LBNL Open House
The LBNL Open House was held on Saturday, October 15. Volunteers and employees of the Earth Sciences Division came together, with the rest of the Lab, to host friends and families from local communities and schools. Groups and individuals came by our exhibits to read, listen, learn, and do!
Here is what our Earth Scientists had in store, in anticipation of over 6,000 registered participants!
Journey to the Center of the Earth!
"Make the perilous descent into the unknown. You’ll pioneer with us from the far reaches of our atmosphere to model climate change, descend through the surface of land and sea where mighty microbes feast on nuclear contamination and oil spills, shake through the very crust of the earth to generate energy and store carbon, and peer in awe to the very depths of Hawaiian volcanoes."
ESD volunteers and their friends and family joined to share in the fun.
Carbon Explorer - (Exhibit Leader: Jim Bishop). The Carbon Explorer is an autonomous, floating robot that carries out oceanic observations that would prove difficult if not impossible for conventional research ships.
Earthquakes! - What happens and what do they look like? - (Exhibit Leader: Katie Boyle). Back by popular demand, this exhibit demonstrated the instrumentation and methods researchers use to calculate how energy is dispersed when a seismic (natural or artificial) event occurs. Families were able to jog in place, jump, and stomp on the ground and record their own shake motion. In addition, a hands on activity provided a visual aid on how the earth actually moves during an earthquake.
Click here to review the entire program.