Next Tuesday, April 17, the (WHOI) will host an all-ages "Family Science Outing" to learn about Alvin, the Institute's manned deep submergence vehicle. The submersible has made over 4,400 dives in its nearly 50-year history.
"Inside the Alvin Submersible," which is sponsored by the Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership, will take place from 1-3pm at the WHOI Exhibit Center on School Street.
The event is timed to coincide with April 15, which is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Alvin was involved in the exploration of the wreckage of RMS Titanic in 1986.
The presentation will feature talks by Bruce Strickrott, an Alvin leader and pilot who has been working with WHOI scientists on the submersible's upgrade, as well as Lara Gulmann, a WHOI biologist who will discuss her results from studying the biology of microbial succession in the Pacific Ocean.
The program will also be chock-full of hands-on activities for children and families, including sitting in a live-size mockup of Alvin's personnel sphere and piloting radio-controlled submarines in a tank.
For more information about the program, contact Kama Thieler at 508-289-3478.