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Exhibitor Information

Ocean Commotion provides students with an educational field trip destination and LSU researchers with a forum to display their research for the local community. Previous Ocean Commotions were covered in The Advocate, The Reveille, LSU Today, and local television stations. Each year this event brings more than 2,000 students to the LSU campus, many of them for the first time. It is never too soon to encourage children to think about what they want to be when they grow up and where they want to go to college.

2019 Exhibitors

Discovery Hall Programs Touch Table
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Please touch! Students can see, touch and learn about many of the animals that call the ocean home. From the familiar, like fish and shrimp, to the slightly more bizarre, the Discovery Hall Programs touch table is sure to have something everyone can enjoy!

Web of Life
Baton Rouge Zoo
The Web of Life connects us to the rest of the planet. Students will learn where they fin in and what they can do to make the world a better place for wildlife.

Mosquito Detectives: GLOBE Mission Mosquito
University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences
Students will use magnifiers and microscopes to find and identify mosquito larvae that live in their backyards and investigate where female mosquitoes like to lay their eggs.

The Big Delta Experiment
Mariotti Lab
Have you ever wondered how the Louisiana coast was formed? Observe how rivers and deltas develop and change over time at a gigantic model delta table. We will also show ways that we are protecting and restoring our coast.

Something’s Fishy!
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
An array of native (and maybe some invasive) dead fish for students to view and compare shapes, sizes and smells.

Swamp in the Heart of the City
BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Learn about the cool critters that call Bluebonnet Swamp home. Students can interact with artifacts from the swamp like shells, skins, and skulls and have a chance to touch live snakes and alligators.

Skulls, Skins & Scat…What Animal is That?!
Fairview Riverside State Park
This is an introduction to Louisiana Wildlife, through the bio-facts, animals can be classified as mammal, bird or reptile

Using Super-Computer to Simulate the Movement of Water, Sediment, Nutrient, and Carbon in the Gulf of Mexico
I will use a 70-inch LED TV to broadcast model animation of hurricanes, oil spills, and other ocean processes in the Gulf of Mexico. These results are calculated using a Super-Computer.

Boating is Fun through Education
Baton Rouge Sail & Power Squadron
Hand Outs and Display Information

Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles in Louisiana
Audubon Nature Institute
Learn about marine mammals and sea turtles that call Louisiana water home! Learn how scientist can tell dolphins apart from one another. Learn what you can do to help save marine mammals and sea turtles!

Fight The Bite
Mosquito and Rodent Control
Educating the students on the biology of Mosquitoes.

Sensory Safari, A Feel Trip
Louisiana Chapter of Safari Club International
Various life size mounts, skins and skulls of marine mammals including a life-size polar bear rug most of which are on permanent loan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Which Ways Which? Anadromous vs. Catadromous Fish
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Learn which fish species depend on our oceans and rivers to complete their life cycle and how they do it. See the fish and the habitats they live in!

Science Specialist
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet
Students will learn first-hand about the biodiversity in their backyard as they see, feel, and yes, smell native Louisiana Wildlife. They will also meet a Wildlife Rehabilitator and her education animals. Students will learn how human actions such as littering impact these animals and what actions to take when you find an orphaned animal.

What’s in your backyard?
Louisiana Office of State Parks
The Office of State Parks will have on display animal furs, pelts, and prints, aquatic insects, a leaf display, and an animal scat display. Visitors to our table will be provided information about Louisiana State Parks and how school groups can plan a field trip to visit any of our state parks and historic sites.

Safe Boating for You and the Environment
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 4 4
Display showing hazards to wildlife, waterways, and boaters. Handouts  available.

What Is …? Science Book Series
Local Science by a Local Scientist
Latrece Johnson is an indie author and early education/elementary teacher living on the Gulf Coast of Alabama.  She enjoys learning and writing about various science things that interest her happening on planet Earth.  Her first three books, “What are Dinoflagellates?”, “What Is a Peninsula?” and “What Is A Lionfish?” speak to her passion of educating for fun and information.

LSU Coastal Roots
LSU School of Education/LSU Coastal Roots
Students will plant bitter panicum beach dune grass to stabilize the beach dunes on Grand Isle and in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Weather–What the World is Watching!
NOAA/National Weather Service
Learn about the atmosphere and the environment with a hands-on tornado simulator, a hurricane toss game, and a river hydrology model.

Working Wetlands
Learn about watersheds and non-point source pollution and how they relate to BREC parks and local water quality.  We will show you how non-point source pollution enters our waterways, where it goes, and how to prevent it as well as how BREC is working to protect our watersheds and what you can do to help! Help build wetland models and learn something new!

Fill the Bill and Wildlife Trivia
Fill the Bill will guide students through the various adaptations of birds and how they eat. Wildlife Trivia is fun for all ages – try your wildlife knowledge in this fun interactive game!

Wetland Warriors
Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act CWPPRA
The CWPPRA Outreach Team will provide informational and educational materials for both adults and students as well as distribute materials including posters, postcards, stickers and magnets. We will also engage with participants through fun and educational wetlands-based activities including Wetland Jeopardy and a Habitat Toss game.

Come Fish with Us!
Coastal Conservation Association
Fish Tagging, Saltwater Fish ID, Building Reefs

Name Birds Visiting Louisiana
US Army Corps of Engineers
Match Birds and waterfowl pictures with common names of each. Bonnet Carrè Spillway Kiosk

Deep Dive with the Audubon Aquarium!
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Come see, touch, and have questions answered about our aquatic animals like gators, sea stars, urchins, slipper lobsters, and horseshoe crabs! Teachers, pick up activity and game ideas, lesson plans, and more! This is a great chance to learn about new outreach programs from Audubon Nature Institute and how they can come to visit your groups.

Effect of Salinity on Seed Germination
St. Joseph’s Academy
What do seeds need to begin growing? Explore how salt water affects the germination of seeds and continue the experiment in your classroom.

Water Cycle Bracelets
St. Joseph’s Academy
Explore the world of water and learn the water cycle by making a bead bracelet.

Water Quality, Macroinvertebrates and pH
St. Joseph’s Academy
See what’s really living in the mud and water throughout our wetlands. Explore macroinvertebrate biodiversity under a microscope to judge the water quality of a wetland.

Which way does your Marsh Grow?
St. Joseph’s Academy
Upside-down, right side-up? How do plants know which way to grow in the rough world of waves? Investigate the effects of gravity on plant growth and set up an experiment to continue in class.

Amazing Marine Mammals
Louisiana Sea Grant
Walk the length of a life-sized model of a fin whale and learn how baleen whales feed and what they eat.

How Do You Compare?
Louisiana Sea Grant
Whales and dolphins seem completely unrelated to us, yet they have extraordinarily similar internal structures. Discover the resemblances and see that we’re not so different after all.

Gyotaku Fish Printing
Louisiana Sea Grant
Create your own version of the traditional art that Japanese fishermen used to record their catch. Just roll a rubber model of a fish with tempera paint and press it onto paper.

Pelagic Birds
Louisiana Sea Grant
Did you know that some birds spend most of their lives soaring in the air for days, not touching land for months except for nesting and caring for a single egg every two years?  How do they do it?

Planting the future
St. Scholastica Academy
Plant your own seeds while learning about water conservation!

Compost in a bottle
St. Scholastica Academy
Make your own fertile soil out of leaves and use it to grow a plant!

Art with Plastic Pollution
St. Scholastica Academy
Come and learn about beach trash while creating an ocean themed mural out of plastic trash!

One fish, two fish, red fish …plastic fish?
St. Scholastica Academy
Try your luck at catching fish in an ocean of plastic. Redeem your fish for some goldfish crackers!

S.O.S. – Save our Soils! Understanding Coastal Erosion and Wetland Soils
LSU Chemistry & Oceanography
We strive to provide research to better understand how soil dynamic helps protect the Louisiana coastline from erosion. Wetland soils act as a natural filtration system and provide nutrient storage while becoming a home to many species of plants and animals. Our activities will showcase the difference in soil across different ecosystems and how wetland soils act as a filtration for water.

Modern and Fossil Sea Monsters
LSU Museum of Natural Science
Similar to previous years, we will bring fish specimens from the museum’s collections and fossils from a basilosaurus.

Don’t be so salty!
Our booth will help students understand the difference between saltwater and freshwater. Students will learn about a problem called “saltwater intrusion” that can be bad for freshwater environments. Each school group will get to make their own salinometer and test it on water samples with different levels of salinity.

Louisiana Seafood… come SEA and TASTE if for yourself
Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will provide samples of different preparations of gulf fish and allow the students to taste them!

The Litter You Don’t Consider
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources
Crawl through common sources of marine debris while learning ways you can help reduce ocean pollution!

All things oysters!
La Sea Grant Oyster Research Lab
Live oysters for show and touch while experts describe oyster biology, ecology, and importance.

Coastal Wetlands as Water Filters
LSU Society of Wetland Scientists
We will demonstrate with 2 liter Coke bottle filters (layered dirt and sand) how a coastal wetland acts to purify water that is safe for humans to drink, play in, and consume fish from. We will let students pour dirty water through the top of the filters and watch as the water comes out the bottom clean. These easy to make filters demonstrate the natural purifying function a wetland has and does for free for humans.

Bottom Dwellers
Can you name that bottom dwelling critter? Visitors will learn fun facts about a variety of live ocean animals!

What is your Wingspan?
Louisiana Sea Grant
How do you measure up? Compare sizes of birds and their wingspans. Measure your wingspan and find out which birds are similar to your size.

Amazing Animal Outwear- the advantageous adaptations of furs and skin
Bring your students to see live alligators and to examine the furs and skins of many native species. Consider the advantages of the protective armor built in to the alligator skin and the warm, colored coats of Louisiana furbearers.

Geaux Coastal
Louisiana Dept of Natural Resources
A simple presentation (marble simulation) to show the importance of Louisiana wetlands.

Migration Mishaps
National Park Service
Showing kids the challenges migratory birds face on their journey down the Mississippi thru a fun and interactive game!

Fun With Seawater
Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
I will have on display floating potatoes and eggs to show the effects of salinity and density. Will also allow the students to measure the salinities of fresh water, brackish water and open-ocean seawater using a YSI salinity meter.

Birds of the Atchafalaya Basin
US Army Corps of Engineers
The students play a matching game featuring the pictures of different common birds of the Atchafalaya Basin.  The students have to match the name with the picture.

Your Coastal Classroom
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
Sea Floor and Deep Sea activities. Animal behavior and ecology.

Coasting to Conservation
Plants from Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center

Coast Guard Response Boat
U.S. Coast Guard
A tour of a 29-foot Coast Guard response boat and education about Coast Guard’s missions.

The Pollution Solution
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Talking about water pollution using a board game and hands on activity for recycling (catch and recycle).

Coastal and Environmental Graduate Organization
Coastal and Environmental Graduate Organization
We will cover three major topics- properties of water, getting to know ocean critters, and reducing plastic pollution.

Life on a WWII Destroyer
USS KIDD Veteran’s Museum
Hands-on artifacts from the USS KIDD available for groups to interact with, as well as other objects and information to pique student’s interest involving military and naval history.

Ocean Temperatures Control the Life and Death of Hurricanes
Earth Scan Lab
We will discuss the importance of ocean temperatures to the formation, growth and death of hurricanes. We will show satellite image animations of famous Gulf of Mexico hurricanes and how warm ocean currents led to their high winds and storm surges. We have a hand-held radiometer to illustrate the method used by satellite sensors to measure temperatures emitted from the ocean and clouds, enabling tracking ocean currents and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.

Touch a Piece of the Moon
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Examine tiny samples of the Moon actually brought back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts in the late 1960’s. Compare the mineral content of these samples to rocks found on Earth. Also, have fun while creating your own “Footprint on the Moon”. Continue the study of lunar samples at https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/interaction/lmdp/ https://www.nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazine/lunarExploration.html

Trawl Crawl
Youth Wetlands Program
Come travel through a trawling net! Along the way, you’ll learn about shrimp life stages, by-catch, turtle exclusion devices, and more!

Settling Sediment: Which one is faster?
LSU College of Engineering
Learn how civil engineers contribute to design and construction of coastal restoration and how sediment properties play a major role on their success. We will show examples of soil types and do a settling column experiment.

Hydrophobic or Hydrophillic?
LSU The Engineering Diversity Ambassadors
We will explain and demonstrate the difference between a hydrophobic substance and a hydrophilic one.

Our Coast, Our Future
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Come see first hand how wetlands help protect our homes!

U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter
U.S. Coast Guard
Take a look inside a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. Pretend to be pilot on your own mission while sitting in the cockpit.