Aquarium of the Pacific will open a new wing, Pacific Vision, that will supercharge its already bold and innovative approach to ocean education.
It will use “the best of informal education, building on elements and strategies from museums, science centers, and aquariums around the world, to ignite a passion for the environment in future generations.”
Nearly 200,000 students and teachers participate in the Aquarium’s education programs for schools each year. Its programs are at maximum capacity during peak seasons. Pacific Visions will enable the Aquarium to serve twenty percent more students and teachers annually in an informal learning venue.
The immersive and dynamic platform of Pacific Visions will showcase careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). It will demonstrate the importance of STEM subjects in creating a more sustainable future. Students will learn that science is accessible and that scientific pursuit is a natural extension of an innate desire to explore the world we live in.
Pacific Visions will also encourage life-long learning through its appeal to the Aquarium’s diverse visitor population that spans from the very young to the very old, in family and friendship groups. Exhibit design and story development will enhance the Aquarium’s ability “to inspire, educate, and empower all students…”
The expansion is being designed by the firm responsible for the Aquarium’s original 1998 building, EHDD.
Pacific Visions is the second and final phase of a 2006 master plan created by the Aquarium’s Board of Directors. The new wing will join already completed projects that include the Pacific Collections Gift Shop, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific.
For more information, including information on how you can support the Aquarium, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org/pacificvisions/.
The article above is based on information released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.