Check out our latest prototype created with the DANM Mechatronics Project Group for the Oceanic Scales project developed for Blue Trail.
Oceanic Scales is a place to learn and to be inspired.
It is a lens focused on phytoplankton, the first link in the oceanic food chain.
This project explores biomimicry as a tool.
It breathes and glows with a pulse.
It is a barometer of local ocean health.
It explores the tipping point between humanities desires and the oceans needs.
It allures with the promise of new understanding and balance.
Through a series of multi-sensory, interactive games inspired by the micro-organisms of the sea, visitors will explore their role in maintaining a balanced ocean ecology to inspire change toward sustainable living practices by engaging the public to reflect on and perhaps better understand how we impact the environment at a local level. Light, sound and touch will inspire new ways of thinking about ocean health.
The physical structure is ecologically minded, with local bamboo and pine resin, a living roof of native plant species and solar power.
An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from Digital Arts & New Media, Marine Biology, Computer Science and Engineering, at UCSC are coming together to make this idea possible. We have received our first seed grant to begin the project development and are currently seeking further funding to see the project through to completion.