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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.

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2017 Exhibitors

Mosquito Beaters
Mosquito and Rodent Control
Explore the life cycle of mosquitoes.

Modern & Fossil Sea Life
LSU Museum of Natural Science
Examine fish, marine birds, the extinct whale basilosaurus and more from the museum’s collection.

Protect Your Drinking Water
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Discover where your water comes from, why it is important to us and how we all can protect it.

Greauxing Roots
LSU Coastal Roots Program (LSU School of Education)
Find out about the plants that LSU Coastal Roots schools are growing to help rehabilitate damaged beach dunes and coastal forests.

Safe Boating Is Fun
Baton Rouge Sail & Power Squadron
Learn about ways to stay safe while boating, and receive visual aids and informative handouts.

United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, Baton Rouge Response Boat Display
United States Coast Guard
Climb aboard the U.S. Coast Guard’s rescue boat used to conduct operations on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Plastic Soup
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
Explore plastics – both macro and micro – found in the marine environment.

Wildlife Trivia
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex
Test your wildlife knowledge with refuge rangers and staff to win a prize! Learn more about endangered sea turtles and what you can do to help them.

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue
Audubon Nature Institute
Learn about Louisiana marine mammals and sea turtles and discover how researchers tell individual dolphins apart while making your own special fin.

Lines of Defense – Are you protected from storms?
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Build a bead bracelet representing the multiple lines of defense against hurricanes and storms.

BREC Watershed WipeOUT!
BREC Conservation
Discover how pollution enters our waterways, where it goes and how to prevent it. Learn about non-point source pollution, how they relate to parks and play a game to save our watersheds!

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 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.

Alabama’s Coastal Environment
Discovery Hall Programs- Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Get your hands wet and explore ocean creatures with your fingertips at our display tank. Touch sharks, rays, bony fishes, squid, mollusks and more.

Somethings Fishy
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
See, touch and smell fish specimens from both fresh and saltwater. Learn by touch and investigate the similarities and similiarities in native Louisiana fish.

Whoo-se in Your Backyard?
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet
Ever wonder Whoo’s in Your Backyard? Get new insight into your backyard biodiversity, meet some of your wild neighbors and learn about different adaptations used to survive.

USS KIDD — Guardian of the Seas
USS KIDD Veterans Museum
Examine a sailor’s Kapok life jacket, battle helmet and other WWII artifacts. Study rope work and its practical uses. Multi-subject lesson activities are available upon request for teachers.

Small but Dangerous – Microplastics
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Explore microplastics under a microscope and examine their shape, size and color. Understand the challenges of eating food without eating plastics in an interactive game.

Swamp in the City
BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Learn about the cool critters that call Bluebonnet Swamp home. Examine artifacts from the swamp like shells, skins and skulls and touch live snakes and alligators.

Migration Mishaps
National Park Service
Simulate the migration of birds down the Mississippi River during a game. Experience first-hand the difficulties they encounter on their journey.

Sea and Discover
Louisiana State University Department of Biological Sciences
Come see a variety of marine creatures that are found in the Gulf of Mexico.

Things with Rings
Explore corals, tree rings, stalagmites and more to uncover past events that have been stored away in specific layers of nature’s archival history.

Coo-Coo For Copepods!
Marine Education Center
Learn about the exciting world of copepods, their importance to today’s aquaculture and how they benefit our daily lives.

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!

Delta Development: Building Land in Louisiana
Watch the Delta Grow
Experience delta development through an interactive activity of collecting and arranging wetland plants in the order they establish in a newly formed delta.

Name the Tree or Bird
US Army Corps of Engineers/Bonnet Carre’ Spillway
Help birds find their way home. Match the bird with the tree that they call home in the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter
USCG Air Station New Orleans
Sit at the controls of a rescue helicopter and learn about survival gear like rescue baskets and survival vests used by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in New Orleans.

Be The SOLU+ION (What’s In Your Water?)
LDEQ – Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Get your hands wet exploring Walnut Bayou – a dynamic, hands-on stream model. Observe the  enviroscape demonstration that introduces you to non-point source pollution.

Let’s go to the Zoo…plankton!
LSU Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Learn about plankton’s life cycle, distribution, global importance and how oceanographers collect them while playing games and taking selfies. Use 3-D glasses to experience life in the deep ocean. Be sure to check out these organisms through a microscope, FlowCam®.

How to Age a Fish
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Use fish ear bones, or otoliths, to determine a fish’s age. This hands-on exhibit demonstrates how otoliths are collected, prepared, analyzed and will test your abilitity to age a fish under the a microscope.

Wetlands and Waves
Student Wetland Society at LSU
Explore the impact that wetlands can have on protecting our coasts from storms and waves.

Come Fish with US
Coastal Conservation Association
Learn about fish conservation, fishing techniques, fish tagging and play a fish casting game!

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.

Sensory Safari – A Feel Trip
Louisiana Chapter – Safari Club International
Immerse yourself  in the marine world as you see, feel and touch animal skulls, hides and taxidermy mounts from coastal and aquatic animals – including a polar bear skin.

Louisiana’s Lines of Defense
4-H Youth Wetlands Program
Natural and human-made defenses protect Louisiana from a hurricane’s storm surge. Observe a model and learn how the 11 lines of defense keep us safe.

Furs, Pelts and Belts Oh My!
LA Office of State Parks – CRT

How Sediment Moves in Water
Coast and Environment Graduate Organization
Discover how sediment from the Mississippi River is impacted by the waves from the Gulf of Mexico. Sediment and water interactions are important to everyone in Louisiana and you’ll learn how these processes work.

Touch a piece of the Moon!
NASA Solar System Ambassadors and St. Louis School
Examine tiny samples of the Moon brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts in the late 1960s. Compare the mineral content of these samples to rocks on Earth. Continue the lunar exploration at http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/interaction/lmdp/

Adventures in Density
LA Dept. of Ag and Forestry
Investigate the properties of water through a series of demonstrations. Learn how the density of water is affected by heat and salt and how this impacts our world’s oceans.

Birds of the Atchafalaya
US Army Corps of Engineers
Learn about the birds that call the Atchafalaya Basin home.

Where’s all the carbon on Earth?
LSU Department of Oceanography
Guess where all the carbon is stored in the biosphere. How much carbon is in our atmosphere, soil, water and organisms?

Minerals of our Lives
LSU Geology Club President
Explore a collection of minerals and learn about their importance in everyday life. There will also be a display of fossils to study.

Conservation Planting
USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Coastal erosion affects the entire ecosystem. Learn about plants serving on the front lines that help restore wetlands and improve water quality. 

Amazing Marine Animals
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.

Ocean Deep: Deepwater Engineering Exploration for Petroleum
Society of Peer Mentors at LSU
Learn how petroleum engineers search for oil in the Gulf Mexico.

Behind the scenes – Learning about oil spills
Louisiana Sea Grant
Go behind the scenes of an oil spill. Learn about how responders and nature work together to clean up oil spills.

Don’t let the soil go!
Sea Grant/School or Renewable Natural Resources
Explore different ways to stabilize the coastal sediments and how this can help Louisiana.

Fun With Seawater
Department of Oceanography
Observe floating potatoes while learning about water density. Learn about density gradients, mix fresh and briny water and use an instrument to read different salinity levels.

Mysterious Wetland Wonders
Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
Reach inside the mystery boxes, read the clues and try to identify the wetland wonder hidden inside. No peeking!

Wonders of the Sea
LSU Cain Center for STEM Literacy
Participate in activities that illustrate unique features of animals that live in our oceans.

Water Filtration Station
Engineering Diversity Ambassadors
Learn how a water filtration/cleaning system works and how they benefit you.

Your Coastal Classroom
View predator/prey interactions on laptops so you can learn about fish behavior. Students will be able to identify common salt marsh species during an interactive game.

Oyster Hatchery
LA Sea Grant
Explore oyster hatchery technology, biology, and general marine ecology as it relates to oysters. There will also be a hands on exploration of oyster anatomy.

Cereal Box Bookmarks and Bottle Cap Necklaces
St. Scholastica Academy
Learn about the importance of recycling while creating fun bookmarks and necklaces from household trash that normally just gets thrown away.

“Glowing” Through the Ocean
Walk through a dark tunnel and discover the colorful world of fluorescence and bio illumination in the ocean. Learn how these forms of light emission are used by marine organisms.

Keeping out Waterways CLEAN and Safe!
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Guardians of our Coast
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 44
Discover different types of trash and how long each takes to break down. Learn about safety fundamentals like lifejackets and safe boating procedures.

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!

Satellites, Eddies and Oil Spills
LSU Earth Scan Laboratory
Learn about how we use satellites to track surface oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. See a video of deep water Gulf gas discharge and animals that live in areas of oil and gas drilling.

Artastic Plastic: Creating Art from Plastic Trash
St. Scholastica Academy
Search through sand to find pieces of microplastic and turn that plastic into fun artwork, while learning about the environmental dangers of plastic.

Welcome to the Rad Crab Grab!
St. Scholastica Academy
Touch and hold hermit crabs while learning about their lifecycle and biology.

Grow Your Own Food!
St. Scholastica Academy
Plant your own vegetable seeds and learn about some sustainable organic gardening methods.

Compost in a Bottle
St. Scholastica Academy
Create your own composting bottle while learning about what compost is and the benefits it offers to the environment and your garden.

We All Live Downstream
Baton Rouge Zoo
Things we choose to do, or not do, here in Baton Rouge affect not just the wildlife in our area but throughout the waterways all the way to the Gulf Mexico and beyond. Learn how.

Audubon AquaVan
Audubon Nature Institute
See the effects that mankind has on both aquatic and marine environments through a collection of biofacts and activities from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americans.

Stream Table
Observe how steams develop and change over time at model stream table.