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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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2018 Exhibitors

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

Mysterious Wetland Wonders
Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection, and Restoration Act
We have boxes with clues on the outside and an item from a wetland plant or animal inside. Kids read the clues and then reach into the boxes without peeking to guess what is there.

US Army Corps of Engineers
Birds of the Atchafalaya Basin
Play an interactive game where students match bird names with their pictures.

LSU Coastal Roots- Planting with the coast in mind
LSU Coastal Roots Program (LSU School of Education)
Students will help plant grass sprigs and/or tree seeds to help rehabilitate areas within the Louisiana’s coastal plain.

Where in the world is all the carbon?
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?

 Marsh 9-1-1
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex
Marsh 9-1-1 will guide students and adults through the importance of marshes, what is causing their decline and how they can help.

Walnut Bayou River Model
LDEQ – Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
“Walnut Bayou” is an interactive stream model for demonstrating nonpoint source water pollution issues, river dynamics, and coastal wetland formation.

Build the Delta: See How the Newest Land in Louisiana is Growing
Louisiana Sea Grant
Students will work together as a team to “fish” for various plants that colonize newly formed deltas in Louisiana. Then they need to put them in correct successional order to show which plants arrive first and which come later.

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

Swamp in 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.

USS KIDD — Guardian of the Seas
USS KIDD Veterans Museum
See World War II artifacts, such as a sailor’s Kapok life jacket and battle helmet. Examine examples of rope work that have practical day-to-day uses. Learn the use of signal flags to send messages to other ships, and more. Multi-subject lesson activities on history, geography, music, chemistry, measurements and simple machines available upon request or teachers.

Native Neighbors
Baton Rouge Zoo
Clean and healthy water throughout the state of LA is critical to the survival of native species. Students will see biofacts and meet ambassador animals native to Louisiana.

Home Sweet Nest
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Learn about different types of nests for birds of all sizes and habitats.

Fun With Seawater
Department of Oceanography
We will use potatoes to show the difference in salinity and density from freshwater to seawater to brine water (floating potatoes). Will also allow the students to use a salinity meter to measure the salinity and conductivity of fresh water, brackish water, and ocean water.

Modern & Fossil Sea Creatures
LSU Museum of Natural Science
We will display bizarre marine fish, a fossil of a basilosaurus, and some marine birds.

Let’s go to the Zoo…plankton!
LSU Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Get ready to embark on a journey that will help you discover everything about plankton, their life, distribution, and global importance. Throughout our booth, you’ll take part in fun and exciting educational activities, such as face cut-out displays, matching games, and others. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with oceanographers and see their sampling gear in action. First, you will take a look through a microscope and see different types of marine plankton. Next, FlowCam® will show you the fascinating and numerous organisms living in a drop of water.

Where did the Mississippi River Go?
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
The Mississippi River has flip-flopped its delta many times—and that is a good thing, because without that, there would be no Louisiana!

Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter
USCG Air Station New Orleans
Meet a real Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter crew and static helicopter display with survival gear such as rescue basket and survival vests.

DHP Touch Table
Discovery Hall Programs- Dauphin Island Sea Lab
A variety of preserved marine animals is on display to see, learn about, and touch! Get up close with some of our marine neighbors.

Bird/Fish of Louisiana Matching Game
US Army Corps of Engineers/Bonnet Carre’ Spillway
Students match the picture with the correct name of each item.

Conservation Planting
Natural Resource Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS)
Conservation planting restores wetlands and improves water quality.

Adventures in Density
LA Dept. of Ag and Forestry
Students conduct investigations to discover how the density of water is affected by heat and salinity and how climate may affect ocean water density and currents.

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. Students compare the mineral content of these samples to those of rocks found on Earth. Teachers: The website for the lunar sample education loan program is http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/interaction/lmdp/

Whoo-se in Your Backyard?
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 and learn how our everyday animals and learn how our everyday animals impact these animals positively and negatively.

Sensory Safari – A Feel Trip
Louisiana Chapter – Safari Club International
A collection of marine species, some mounts; skins; specimens including a life-size polar bear skin (rug).

Oysters on the Half Shell
LA Sea Grant Oyster Research Lab
We’ll have live and dead oysters on display for students to touch and see while we talk about what oysters are, the services they provide, and why we should care.

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!

Geaux Coastal
LA Department of Natural Resources
A marble display will be used to show the importance of Louisiana wetland habitat.

Somethings Fishy
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
An array of real fish specimens both fresh and saltwater. Students are encouraged to touch and investigate the differences and similarities Louisianan native fish.

Morphology Madness
University of Southern Mississippi Marine Education Center
Students will learn about marine animal morphology and how to use a dichotomous key to classify organisms.

Oceans of Inspiration
Come see some of the ways the ocean is inspiring scientists to work, create, and play. How does the ocen inspire you?

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.

Your Coastal Classroom
Horseshoe crabs and other strange invertebrates: Students will have the opportunity to observe live horseshoe crabs and other marine invertebrates from the LUMCON aquaria and participate in an exciting activity to learn more about these marine organisms.

Safe Boating Through Education
Baton Rouge Sail & Power Squadron
Descriptive Literature and Life saving devices.

Working Wetlands and Watershed Wisdom
Learn about watersheds and non-point source pollution and haw 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!

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue in Louisiana
Audubon Nature Institute
Learn about marine mammals and sea turtles in Louisiana!

Sea and Discover
Louisiana State University
Come “Sea and Discover” an array of live and preserved marine invertebrates from the Gulf of Mexico. You will be able to learn interesting facts while interacting with these incredible creatures!

Robot Fun
Engineering Diversity Ambassadors
We will have various environmentally friendly robot demonstrations, including solar and water powered robots.

Pirates of the Gulf
CEGO Outreach
Learn about Pirates in the Gulf of Mexico

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.

Keep Our Water Clean
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.

Shore Birds: True or False
LA Office of State Parks – CRT
Our exhibit will have flip cards with photos of shore birds on the front and a true or false question on the back that students will answer to win a prize.

Where in the World are Wetlands
Student Wetland Society at LSU
Students will learn what wetlands are, where to find them and why they are important.

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!

Big Delta Table Experiment
Coast and Environment Graduate Organization
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.

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.

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

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.

Satellite Tracking of Ocean Currents and Ocean Hurricanes
LSU Earth Scan Laboratory
We will show satellite images and image animations of Gulf of Mexico temperatures and currents that intensified Hurricane Harvey in 2017. We will provide handouts relative to this topic.

Audubon AquaVan
Audubon Nature Institute
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americans brings a collection of bio facts and activities to who the effects that mankind has on both aquatic and marine environments.

Exploring the Engineering of Flight
Society of Peer Mentors at LSU
How do airplanes, helicopters, and other human-made objects fly? We will make paper helicopters to learn about flight.

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

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

Alligators and Other Wetland Treasures
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
The alligator industry, including the wild harvest, egg collection, and farm raised alligators, has generated an excess of $100,000,000 in economic benefit to the state of Louisiana.  Furbearers are worth nearly a million annually.  Learn about these wetland treasures, try to identify Louisiana furbearers from their pelts, and see live alligators.

Young Citizen Scientist Mosquito Hunters
Coastal Education University of New Orleans
Students will find and count mosquito larvae in water samples and match the larvae with the mosquito species.  They will learn to track and eliminate mosquitoes in the school yard and at home.

What is your Wingspan?
Louisiana Sea Grant
Learn about and compare sizes of birds especially their wingspan. Determine your wingspan and find out which birds are similar to your wingspan.