(CNS Local Life): NASA will be presenting its ‘Science On a Sphere’ educational programme to Cayman for the first time during the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) 2018 from 13-14 September. The exhibition will be open to conference participants throughout the event, with local schools also being invited to attend.
The exhibition consists of a giant suspended sphere that uses four high definition projectors and computer technology to display planetary data onto the 3D animated globe, stated a CTEC press release. The displays include complex environmental processes, such as atmospheric storms, climate change and ocean temperatures to help educate and increase public understanding of the environment.
Science On a Sphere, which was developed by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and BWC Visual Technology, who work alongside NASA to create thousands of datasets, represents real-life environmental scenarios of the atmosphere, oceans and land of a planet, the release said.
Maurice Henderson, a representative of the educational programme at NASA, will be presenting Science on a Sphere at the conference. Speaking about its addition to CTEC 2018, he said, “Science On a Sphere is an exciting educational tool for visualising the earth from space. We use the platform to examine earth science data to help businesses, educators, and students better understand our home planet.
“The compelling views presented on Science On a Sphere carries us across space and time to appreciate our journey on spaceship Earth. We bring the data to life; I often call it the ‘Living Earth’, as we work to inspire the next generation of scientists.”
James Whittaker, CTEC organiser and president of the Cayman Renewable Energy Association, said of the exhibition, “We are excited to bring something new and different to the conference this year and to have it available to local students in the Cayman Islands. ‘Science On a Sphere’ is an important tool that helps educate and generate awareness around some of the key environmental topics we are discussing during the conference.”
CTEC will bring together local, regional and international delegates representing public, private and non-profit sectors to address climate change through the adoption of renewable energy. Adrian Grenier, star of television’s Entourage and a United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, will be the keynote speaker.
Local schools will have limited access to the exhibition during the conference, which is taking place at the Kimpton Seafire Resort.