Power Up! New exhibit at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla will have ‘boundless energy’

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The power of the majestic Pacific Ocean will set the stage for an exhibit about energy, opening Saturday, July 9 at Birch Aquarium on the outdoor Robert Smargon Court overlooking the sea.“Boundless Energy,” is an interactive experience that explores how mankind can use natural forces to power its daily needs.

Engineers at work on the turbine exhibit. Courtesy

Sponsored in part by the Sempra Energy Foundation, the exhibition will showcase innovative ways to harness renewable energy from the sun, wind and ocean motion. It features educational elements that encourage learning through play.

Organizers say the exhibit will deepen visitors’ understanding of how renewable energy sources can produce clean electricity, the benefits and challenges of deriving energy from these sources, and the changes making such energy increasingly available in the marketplace.

Highlights include: learning about renewable energy sources to decide how to power the future; powering a mechanical fish with solar energy; comparing the latest wind turbine innovations; and creating green energy out of the blue at wave tanks and water tables. There will also be a play area for children, where activity drives a kinetic water sculpture.

“Boundless Energy” is an extension of “Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge,” the aquarium’s award-winning exhibit that presents the science of global climate change. Dedicated by former Vice President Al Gore in 2007, “Feeling the Heat” highlights Scripps’ half-century of leadership in studying climate change and educates about current and projected environmental changes caused by society’s over-use of fossil fuels.

“We want to show our visitors – especially children – the exciting future that awaits us all,” said Nigella Hillgarth, aquarium executive director. “Through human ingenuity, we can create a future in which clean power comes from renewable sources, a future that supports our quality of life and protects the health of people and our planet.”

An overview of the oceanfront exhibit about energy at Birch Aquarium.

If you go

What: “Boundless Energy,” science exhibit

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through 2016

Where: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

Admission: $8.50-$12

Contact: (858) 534-FISH

Website: http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/Exhibits/

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