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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

SOES students present their science at Ocean and Earth open day

Published: 21 March 2011
Helping at Ocean & Earth Day

Over 50 current Ocean and Earth Science students from the School took part in this year’s Ocean and Earth Day, an open day that presents expertise from the University and National Oceanography Centre to members of the general public, aimed at improving understanding and engagement with ocean and Earth sciences.

Over 2,200 visitors came to the National Oceanography Centre Southampton on 19th March to learn about the role oceans play in the Earth’s climate, the impact of mankind on their delicate ecosystems, and to see the world-leading technology and research that is used to explore and understand our oceans and surrounding geology.

Students who took part in the event had the opportunity to talk to members of the public about the work and research they are undertaking as part of their degree programme, as well as running interactive demonstrations and activities for children, to encourage interest in science from an early age. Marine biology students manned the aquarium which included a series of touch tanks for children to explore, oceanography students demonstrated an underwater vehicle, and geology and geophysics students helped visitors take a closer look at fossils and rock formations on display.

The event also provided the opportunity for sixth form pupils who might be interested in studying ocean and earth science at degree level, to find out more about the subject.

Phil New, a second year MSci Marine Biology student who took part in Ocean and Earth Day says: "I really enjoyed helping out at the Ocean and Earth day at the NOC. It was great to talk to people interested in coming to study degrees similar to mine and their reasons why. It was also really nice to be able to tell other people about my degree and to encourage others to come and study here."

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