In Search of Earth's Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter" - Exhibit Featured During 4-H Day on May 19 at the Rutgers Geology Museum" />

May 16, 2018

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu

"In Search of Earth's Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter" - Exhibit Featured During 4-H Day on May 19 at the Rutgers Geology Museum

Rutgers' Department of Marine & Coastal Science and Department of 4‑H Youth Development and the Rutgers Geology Museum are collaborating to host a new interactive traveling educational experience called "In Search of Earth's Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter" during 4‑H Day at the Rutgers Geology Museum on Saturday, May 19, 12:00-4:00 pm. The Rutgers Geology Museum is located at 85 Somerset Street in New Brunswick. The public is invited and families are welcome to attend. This exhibit, which includes a 40-foot inflatable ship, has six interactive kiosks and a huge interactive floor map of the ocean floor. In Search of Earth's Secrets aims to increase awareness and excitement about ocean/earth science and careers through activities which help to develop an understanding about our planet's history, development, and future. The interactive stations and hands-on science activities will be facilitated by 4‑H members from Mercer, Union, and Essex Counties who have been trained to serve as 4‑H Science Ambassadors, Rutgers University scientists, and museum staff.

Public understanding of how our planet works and changes over time and the relationship of ocean and Earth science to our everyday lives is important, for example, for predicting and preparing for hazards, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and a changing climate. The In Search of Earth's Secrets exhibit aims to increase awareness and excitement surrounding deep ocean drilling as a source of scientific understanding about our planet's history, development, and future.

This year, the traveling exhibit has visited New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York. Over the next few years, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and its partners will work with 4‑H Youth Development Programs, Girl Scout councils and other youth organizations to bring the exhibit to venues around the country including festivals, weekend fairs, mall parking lots, and other unique locations in diverse communities. As part of this program, exhibit visors will be able to explore and uncover:

  • What lies beneath all the water in the ocean?
  • What secrets can be revealed about our planet's development and ancient history in the sediments and rocks below the ocean?
  • How can these explorations shed light on topics of societal relevance, like climate change, the barely understood biosphere beneath the sea floor and geo-hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis?

For more information Contact Carrie Ferraro, Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University at ferraro@marine.rutgers.edu or
848-932-3282

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station - Cooperative Extension. 4‑H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the 4‑H Youth Development Program, visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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