The new 15,000 square foot Ocean Science Education Building was welcomed to our campus on Tuesday, August 6th by officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and from UCSB in a kelp-cutting ceremony.
This project is a collaboration between UCSB Marine Science Institute and NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The Ocean Science Education Building will house new sanctuary headquarter offices and the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS), a state-of-the-art educational facility.
OCTOS exhibits are not yet completed, but fundraising efforts are underway. The Center seeks to increase ocean and scientific literacy as well as environmental stewardship by engaging visitors in the process of scientific discovery. OCTOS will immerse visitors in diverse undersea experiences including a virtual dive, two story kelp tank, wet lab, whole earth spherical display showing global ocean processes, and an immersive theater that connects students and scientists from around the world. As a LEED TM Gold building, OCTOS will provide a model of sustainable design with exhibits and programs that demonstrate ways that visitors can reduce their own energy use and inspire action for ocean conservation.