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“Deep Sea Miracles" popular science interactive exhibition kicks off in Wujiaochang Commercial District

The University News Center
November 1, 2020

Spouting submarine hydrothermal, cold-water coral specimens harvested from the South China Sea, the model of China’s manned deep-sea submersible Shenhai Yongshi (Deep Sea Warrior), rare images showing undersea wonders ...... At noon on October 24, the "Deep Sea Miracle" popular science interactive exhibition, one of the "Academician Science Popularization in Commercial District’s" series, was held at NOYA (North of Yangpu) Pacific Fresh City in Wujiaochang, a youth cultural underground space, attracting a great number of pedestrians.

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Cold Spring Coral Forests

As the debut of Academician Science Popularization in Commercial Districts in the Yangpu District program, the exhibition also marks the 19th Social Science Popularization Week of Shanghai Wujiaochang Station. It was organized by Yangpu District Government and Wujiaochang Sub-district Office, and was co-hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology (Tongji University) (MGLAB), Shanghai Academician Hall of Yangpu District, Pacific Fresh City, and Shanghai Meow Information Technology Co., Ltd.

A variety of digital display modes were adopted for the exhibition to show the development achievements secured in China's deep-sea cause, as well as some of the scientific research results in deep-sea field achieved by Tongji Ocean Research Team led by academician WANG Pinxian. These included hydrothermal vent slices collected from the South China Sea, thin-branched bamboo willow coral, sea shells, the coral forest growing on basement rocks discovered for the first time at the bottom of the South China Sea, as well as China’s manned, deep-sea submersible models—Shenhai Yongshi and Jiaolong.

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Thin-Branched Bamboo Willow Coral

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Benthos and Sea Shells

A birthday code interactive installation was set up and activated on the manned deep-sea submersible at the exhibition to give the event more public appeal. When a visitor entered his birth date, the submersible launched in the same month as his birth month and the important scientific research events about it were displayed instantly on a 360-degree screen, which was conducive to deepening visitors' understanding of human deep sea explorations. A special ocean-themed graffiti projection screen was set up especially for children, who would see the hand-drawn fish swimming deep into the sea on the screen after they finished drawing on the paper marked with marine life outlines and placed the paper under the special projector.

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Interactive Screen

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Children Working on Papers Marked with Outlines of Marine Creatures

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Photo of Children and their Parents

Associate researcher, DANG Haowen from Tongji’s School of Ocean and Earth Science delivered a micro-lecture, entitled "The Manned Deep-Sea Submersible Exploration of the Colorful Underwater World," to a group of primary school students attending the exhibition. He shared with the students his six expeditions into the South China Sea, offering them a glimpse of what a deep-sea manned submersible is like on the inside. And, he also presented the scientific results achieved in the South China Sea Cold Water Coral manned deep-sea submersible voyage, which was co-hosted and implemented by Tongji Ocean Research Team, recently. The children and their parents showed great interest in the lecture and praised it as a real eye-opener.

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DANG Haowen Giving his Micro-lecture

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Children accompanied by their Parents Listening to the Lecture

The person in charge of Tongji’s School of Ocean and Earth Science said the exhibition aims to fully leverage the radiating role of MGLAB as the Deep-sea Scientific Education Base, so the public can understand the deep sea better and feel the charm of deep-sea explorations.

The person responsible for the Wujiaochang Sub-district Office said that science popularization activities were carried out in the NOYA neighborhood, which features fashion culture to attract more young people to engage in the activities. The deep-sea popular science exhibition launched jointly by Yangpu District government, the Sub-district office, Tongji University, and the Wujiaochang Commercial District set a new model of science education, which also proved to be a positive and beneficial exploration and attempt.

The reporter learned that Tongji’s School of Ocean and Earth Science has been active in promoting public science and culture popularization of the deep sea. Tongji’s Deep-Sea Scientific Education Base receives an average of more than 40,000 visitors each year and works in full coordination with the Shanghai government in holding various science popularization activities. In 2019, the Deep-Sea Scientific Education Base was approved as a member of the National Ocean Science Popularization Education Bases of Chinese Society for Oceanography; the Deep-Sea Exploration Museum became the first science popularization exhibition unit of the "Panorama Digital Venue" program in Yangpu District. This year, the Deep-Sea Scientific Education Base became the only unit in the Yangpu District to have won comprehensive praise by Shanghai Scientific Education Base with its published popular science books selected as 2020 Shanghai Excellent Popular Science Books.

Source: https://news.tongji.edu.cn/info/1003/75394.htm