"CINAPS ... bridging the gap between scientists, education, and the community's scientific exploration of Southern California's aquatic ecosystems."
The CINAPS team is devoted to promoting public awareness relating to Harmful Algal Blooms and other facets of the scientific research conducted in Southern California aquatic ecosystems. A portion of this knowledge transfer is handled through our close relationships with regional and local assessment and planning committees. The majority, however, is presented via our community outreach activities.
From raising community awareness to offering educational outreach programs, CINAPS participates in many types of outreach programs to bridge the gap between the community and the public. Members of the CINAPS team have given public talks about our science and technology research, visited local schools, advised local planning committees, supported community science fairs, and developed an educational outreach curriculum for K-12 students. A few specific examples of CINAPS' outreach endeavors are:
- Port Royal Marina Outreach: Teaching the public boaters about CINAPS water quality research
- CINAPS exhibition at the Redondo Beach Clean Waterfront Festival
- History channel films robotic boat deployments in King Harbor
- The Weather channel films robotic boat deployments at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at Catalina Island
- USC Undergraduate Symposium
- Development of the K-12 educational enrichment program, STOMP@USC
- Multiple invited talks on the importance and impact of the research conducted by the CINAPS team
Below is a slideshow highlighting of some of our outreach activities (click on the album name next to the small CINAPS icon in the slideshow window to see larger images in a web album):