School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology 11th biennial Open House

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Have you ever dreamed about becoming an oceanographer for a day? Have you wondered what a real meteorite from Mars looks like, or what the scientists see when they are in a submersible 6,000 feet underwater?

On Friday, October 21st and Saturday October 22nd you will have the opportunity to learn about these topics and more at the 11th biennial SOEST Open House.

Hosted by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, university faculty, students and staff will share their knowledge of ocean, earth,atmosphere, and space sciences through entertaining and educational hands-on activities that are guaranteed to be fun for the whole family! Come learn about volcanoes, tsunamis, planetary exploration, coral reefs, alternative energy, and sailing canoes, to name just a few.

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa invites you to our 11th biennial SOEST Open House

• Learn about volcanoes, tsunamis, El Niño, planetary exploration, hurricanes, coastal erosion, marine ecosystems, and so much more!

• There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations for kids of all ages to enjoy.

• Meet the actual scientists who are making the discoveries and tour their state-of-the-art facilities.

Including these special exhibitors from outside of SOEST:

• UH Department of Physics and Astronomy

• UH College of Engineering

• UH Marine Options Program

• Waikiki Aquarium

• United States Geological Survey (USGS)

• Bishop Museum

• Pacific­ Islands Climate Change Cooperative

• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including Marine National Monument and National Weather Service


FREE and open to the public!

Sat., Oct. 22, 2011 10 am to 2 pm

Fri., Oct. 21, 2011 8:30 am to 2 pm

On the UH Manoa Campus, located in and around the Pacific­ Ocean Science and Technology (POST), Marine Science (MSB), and Hawai‘I Institute of Geophysics (HIG) buildings.

Please contact Marcie Grabowski at for groups of 10 or more. For other info, please visit

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SOEST is home to the academic departments of Oceanography, Geology and Geophysics, Meteorology, and Ocean and Resources Engineering, as well as several related research institutes. SOEST's graduate programs in these sciences are highly ranked nationally and SOEST brings in close to $70 million dollars in research funding per year.

The SOEST Open House presents a diverse array of entertaining and educational "hands-on" activities, which highlight the research conducted by our faculty, students, and staff.

Your students and families will learn about volcanoes, tsunamis, El Nino, planetary exploration, hurricanes, coastal erosion, and marine ecosystems to mention just a few topics, through a variety of videos, posters, and interactive demonstrations. They will visit state-of-the-art laboratories and hear about cutting-edge research from the scientists who are making the new discoveries!

If you are a teacher planning on bringing a class, please stay tuned for registration information. The public is welcome to come at any time without a reservation.

The SOEST Open House is only offered every two years. We hope that you will be able to join us for this great event!

Activities will include interactive demonstrations, videos, poster presentations, laboratory tours, state-of-the-art computer animation, high-tech equipment displays, and creative learning

activities for all. For more information (including maps and programs), please visit the Open House website:

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This event is free and open to the public.