Traveling Exhibition Launch: AGoS (A Glass of the Sea)

Launched just this July 16, "A Glass of the Sea" or AGoS is an exhibition on the beauty of the flora and fauna of the Coral Triangle and the Verde Island Passage. Conceived by The Mind Museum, the content is based on the marine expeditions conducted by the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the exhibition is also funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). After its run in the museum, the exhibition will be traveling around the Philippines.

Its name, "A Glass of the Sea", comes from the idea that a glass of seawater is brimming with life, containing a microcosm of the diverse communities (both microscopic and macroscopic) that exist in the ocean.

The narrative of the exhibition has three parts. In The Story of the Sea, a massive screen shows footage from the CAS expeditions. CAS also works with many researchers and partner institutions to develop conservation policies.

The Coral Triangle is also significant to the Filipino population because it supports a global industry and provides food and livelihoods for millions of people.

With The Story of the Science of the Sea, you learn about the ocean through the lens of the scientists that study it. There are four stations, and in each station, there are thick, wooden plates that display etchings of different marine animals, such as nudibranchs and polychaete worms. Place the wooden plate on the platform, and you will learn more about the species that is shown on screen.

The exhibition also features three games that were programmed by Awesome Labs, titled: Garbage Catch, Sustainable Seafood Market, and Net Escape. These three educational games also discuss marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and destructive fishing practices. After playing each game, the guests must make a pledge to help protect the oceans. 

Your Role in Sea Life displays three sculptures that were crafted from trash and plastics to form shadows on the screen behind them. The shadows emphasize human societies' mark on the environment. 

Lastly, the exhibition also features hands-on activities and science shows, which are conducted once per time slot. Titled Ocean in Motion, the space contains three alcoves. Habitat Hotspot is a game much like Battleship, where the guests have to create a network of protected areas. In another area, the guests can create and color their own fish and nudibranchs. The last area is a venue for science and quiz shows, and will test how well they know the sea.

AGoS is just one of the first of the traveling exhibitions that have been conceived by the Museum, with more to come in the following months.

Also stay tuned for our entry on the upcoming Cafe Scientifique, to be held on July 25 with CAS scientists Dr. Meg Burke and Dr. Terry Gosliner - they will be sharing stories from their expeditions, free for the public. 

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