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WHOI Participates in the Cambridge Science Festival

Saturday, April 24 from Noon to 4:00 p.m

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to participate in the 2010 Cambridge Science Festival's Science Carnival on Saturday, April 24, from Noon - 4:00 p.m.  A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun!

Hands-on Exploration of a Hydrothermal Vent

Carnival-Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
Try your hands at navigating a remote-controlled submarine through a "mock" hydrothermal vent at the ocean floor while learning about the amazing creatures that live there. Discovered in 1977, deep-sea hydrothermal vents revolutionized ideas about where and how life can exist. How can so much life thrive at the sunless seafloor? What special features do organisms have to live at hydrothermal vents? Why do different kinds of animals live at different vent sites? Join staff from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to learn more about this extreme environment and the Alvin submarine used by scientists to explore it.

Deep-Sea Robotic Arm Demo

MIT Museum, 265 Mass. Ave.
Talk with engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as they demonstrate how they use a customized, 105-pound robotic arm to explore seafloors around the world.  Hear how they designed and built this lightweight arm (for a robot, that is) that can withstand the tremendous pressure of the deep ocean.

Originally published: March 31, 2010