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National Aquarium has been selected to be a MSDE Gifted & Talented Summer Center!

We are proud to announce a new opportunity for gifted and talented middle school students this summer. The National Aquarium has been selected to be a Maryland State Department of Education Maryland Summer Center for gifted and talented middle school students, offering the Maryland Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Investigations.

At the National Aquarium’s Summer Center, students will work alongside scientists at the National Aquarium and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland. Over a span of two weeks, the students will conduct scientific studies on water quality and biodiversity in different areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine the impact of water quality on biodiversity of the watershed as well as human impacts and possible solutions.

During the first week, a day program, students will use our exhibits to learn how water quality pertains to a closed aquarium system by identifying necessary water parameters for fish to survive and how to resolve water quality issues in a closed system. Using our fish collection as a study tool, students will identify local plants and animals and create a biodiversity study. The students will also have field visits to a freshwater and brackish water site where they will collect field data on water quality and biodiversity by kayak!

The mission of the National Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. By working with our scientists and staff, these students will be able to explore human impacts on watersheds, what possible solutions are being pursued and what we can all do to increase conservation.

In week two, a residential program, students will work at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory. Working with the resident scientists, students will learn about and assist with current research efforts on key Chesapeake Bay species.

Dates of Operation:
Week 1: Daily program
July 23 – July 27 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (daily)
Week 2: Residential program
July 30 8:30 a.m. – August 3 5:00 p.m.

Tuition:
$400 total
Financial assistance is available

Applications:
In order to apply, students must demonstrate outstanding ability through the Maryland Summer Centers application process and/or be identified as gifted and talented by their school. Students must be able to attend both weeks of the program. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the National Aquarium. Transportation to the field sites and residential site will be provided. Applications are due by April 15, 2012.

Click Here for more information or to apply!

The bubbles are back!

What is it about the bubble tubes that makes people smile? Why is it that every child who enters the Aquarium’s lobby runs to give them a hug?

Whatever the reason, this simply designed exhibit holds a fascinating, almost whimsical ingredient for success.

Millions of visitors have come to recognize the bubble tubes as one of the most familiar and iconic features at the Aquarium. After 30 years, the bubble tubes were showing their age, so we replaced them and made the lights more energy-efficient at the same time. 

Check out this video about the renovation:

Of course, this being the National Aquarium, we didn’t just throw the old tubes away! They were donated to a nonprofit animal sanctuary, where they’re being turned into enrichment items for the animals!

With the newly completed renovations, these lobby staples are brighter, clearer, and bluer (and “greener,” thanks to the new energy-efficient LED lighting). They continue to be a reminder that in our realistically simulated world there is indeed magic in water…and bubbles.
Bubble Tubes

Coming together for clean water

“We live on a watery world full of mystery and life! Our vast oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, reaching depths of several miles. Water, our most precious commodity…necessary to all…is our common bond.”

If you have been to our Aquarium recently, these words probably sound familiar to you. It’s the opening statement of our dolphin show, Our Ocean Planet. The introduction goes on to describe the underwater world in which dolphins live, a vast world that we humans barely know. The music begins to build, and just before the trainers come out to introduce the dolphins, guests are left with this thought: “The water they swim in, the ground we walk on, we call it Earth, but this is truly Our Ocean Planet.”

The opening statement of our show is very thought-provoking. If water is the one thing that connects every living being, and a necessity for our own human life, then why do we know so little about it, and continue to pollute the very thing that keeps us alive and healthy?

Today, we’re joining thousands of bloggers from around the world for Blog Action Day to talk about the issues surrounding water.

When we started this blog a few years ago, we chose to name it Waterlog because as an Aquarium, we have a lot to talk about when it comes to water!

But today, as we come together to talk about the issues surrounding clean water, we’d like to keep it simple. We have more than 16,000 animals that call the National Aquarium home, and if you think about it, these animals may be considered the lucky ones. They are given clean water to live in every day. Clean water and healthy habitats. And their only job is to help inspire us humans to enjoy, respect and protect the aquatic world so they don’t become a living reminder of what once was.

Not all animals and humans around the world are able to enjoy clean water. Our dolphin show is just one example of how we are helping people understand the importance of clean water. Through all of our exhibits, education programs and conservation efforts, we are helping people connect to water and understand its importance in this world.

We hope that if you have visited an Aquarium recently, you left understanding that everyone has to do their part to keep our water clean. As we begin the celebration of our 30th anniversary, we are excited about our future in conservation education and action. Take a look at how water has played a role in our past 30 years, and how our watery world is growing:


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