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VIMS Marine Science Day Saturday

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science will hold its Marine Science Day open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Gloucester Point campus.

This annual event, offered free of charge, will take place rain or shine.

Susan Maples, outreach director in the VIMS Communications Office, said the day is designed to be fun and educational and to give the public an inside view of how VIMS’s research in Chesapeake Bay and around the world helps protect and restore marine ecosystems.

The theme is “Technology in Marine Science.” Maples said there will be exhibits on an underwater glider and drones to learn how data is gathered from local streams to the Arctic Ocean. Stations and tours hosted by VIMS’s Field Operations will include modified vessels, diving equipment, and custom-built field technologies.

Other activities will also be linked to the day’s theme, Maples said, including activities in the Kids’ Pavilion, 10-minute “fast talks” a...

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