Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Glass of the Sea at The Mind Museum + Giveaway!

One thing that I've learned during my Marine Science class is how abundant in resources and biologically megadiverse the Philippines is... and how some Filipinos take it for granted.

Being a country that is surrounded by large bodies of water, it is important to learn more about our Philippine Seas as our economy relies on it for our livelihood and tourism. I truly believe that everyone should know more about our Philippine Seas because understanding how to protect it would benefit us in the long run.


A Glass of the Sea is an immersive, interactive and constantly updated exhibition on the astounding discoveries being made by the California Academy of Sciences in the Verde Island Passage within the Coral Triangle. The exhibition is inspired by a study publish in 2014 in the PLOS One journal entitled Using Environmental DNA to Census Marine Fishes in a Large Mesocosm where a small sampling of ocean water could give data as to the biodiversity (specifically of fish) that inhabit an area. The exhibition is an entire narrative divided into 3 main stories: (i) The Story of the Sea, (ii) The Story of Science of the Sea and (iii) The Story of Your Role in the Sea. It also has a special education space where marine science and conservation science activities are facilitated.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the exhibition is set to travel around the Philippines and be experienced by participants of all ages.


The objective of the exhibition is to capture larger audiences toward the astounding beauty of marine life and the compelling importance of conservation of the Coral Triangle. Using creative, interactive multi-media technology where guests' gestures could summon graphics and impactful text, A Glass of the Sea would be able to palpably connect the science being done with the public understanding of such work.


The Story of Your Role in the Sea

Here are three intriguing sculptures that would make us really think of our relationship with the Coral Triangle. They are sculptures made from trash that usually ends up in the ocean. But here, they have been creatively put together in ways that cast impactful shadows. The sculptures are silent, but hopefully they will make you not just think but feel that the choices we make affects our seas.

The Story of the Science of the Sea

A “library” of different marine creatures. Participants are invited to pull out wooden panels etched with a creature and place them on a counter with an NFC (near field communication)-reader. The creature will “come alive” on screen whether as a still photo or video.  This exhibit showcases the variety of organisms (both NEW and old) found in the Verde Island Passage and here, you can make an up close and personal encounter with each of the organisms in this “library.”

The Story of The Sea

A panoramic video showing raw footages of the CAS expedition in Verde Island Passage. All featured footage are clips from the actual expedition. Participants can take their time and immerse themselves in this space and feel the work being done underwater.


Ocean in Motion is the educational space of A Glass of the Sea where guests can continue their journey through the exhibition by participating in different hands-on activities. These activities are designed to be conducted simultaneously to allow for the free-flow entry of participants. The general objective of the space is to deepen the understanding of the exhibition’s core principles (species diversity, discovery and exploration, and conservation) through interactive workshops, game and science shows.

Different educational activities for all ages. From L-R: Habitat Hotspots, Make your own Sea Creature, Original Video Games and Science Shows

Original Video Games

There are many issues plaguing our seas. These three (3) original video games demonstrate different problems that our ocean faces and how you can play your part in protecting our ocean.

  • Net Escape: push away the creatures from getting snagged as bycatch!
  • Garbage Catch: catch the garbage in time for the trash not to harm the creatures                            
  • Sustainable Seafood Market: test your food choices by distinguishing “planet-friendly” or sustainable fishes in the market from non-sustainable ones.
            At the end of each game, participants are asked to make a pledge requiring a bodily pose that the computer will recognize, to help protect the ocean.

Make your own Sea Creature

Guests of all ages will be able to imagine, color and create their own fish and nudibranchs. Participants will be able to name their creature and take a photo with it.

Habitat Hotspot

Inspired by the game Battleship, players will set-up their ecosystems or “biodiversity hot spots” and aim to set-up conservation areas.

Science Shows

Participants will be able to test what they know about the sea through this quiz show.
Distinguish misconceptions from facts about the ocean

An interactive lecture and game, Fighting for Fish demonstrates how personal choices can affect the management of resources.

Guest-learners will assume roles of fishes and fisherman in this stop-dance game. When the music plays, the group acting as fishes will need to gather a specific number of food from marine protected areas (MPA); when the music stop, the group acting as fishermen will be able to catch the fish outside an MPA. 

The journey never ends. The Mind Museum constantly evolves by coming up with new ways on how to present science.  This year, patrons can expect more awesome exhibits, educational programs, shows and activities presented in a whole new level.

The Mind Museum will also be bringing A Glass of the Sea to other parts of the country in the next two years which means you have to visit soon as it would be available here for a limited time only.

Located in Bonifacio Global City, The Mind Museum is a non-stock, non-profit science museum of the Bonifacio Art Foundation. The institution opened in 2012 and won the international THEA award in 2014 for its thematic threads, design and execution.

There are also the staple features such as monthly science parties called “MindBursts”, and free science conversations with rock star scientists from here and all over in “Cafe Scientifique”.

One thing’s for sure. There’s always something new and exciting waiting around the corner at The Mind Museum.

As a special treat to all of my readers, I'd like to share the opportunity to experience this wonderful exhibit.
I am giving away All-Day Passes to The Mind Museum (valued at P750 each) to two lucky winners! The giveaway will start today and will be open to my readers in Metro Manila. How to join? Just follow the steps on Rafflecopter to get a chance to win. Remember, the more entries means the bigger chance to win!

Goodluck and happy weekend to all!

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