December 17, 2012
The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of two aquariums to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science on a Sphere® (SOS). Since the SOS was debuted in 2011 Aquarium staff members have been actively developing new programs, shows, and interpretive methods for this unique teaching tool. NOAA selected the Aquarium to host its fifth SOS Users Collaborative Network Workshop on November 6.
Our continued involvement with NOAA helps to strengthen the public’s understanding of the importance of NOAA as a government agency and supports its goal to educate the public about the role of oceans and atmosphere in their daily lives. We are also one of a few organizations that is creating original stories for the SOS, and storytelling was a focus of this year’s workshop.
The Aquarium has a long-standing partnership with NOAA. In hosting this workshop, the Aquarium continued to foster that partnership and build new and continuing relationships in the scientific community with other institutions in the U.S. and around the world that use the SOS. These include NASA, UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Gwacheon National Science Museum in South Korea. Building this network is a very strong example of our efforts to fulfill the Aquarium’s vision statement.