Sharks at the Beach and Science in the Hall 2024

Featuring the Shark Lab!

Saturday, July 20, 2024
10:00am-3:00pm in the Hall of Science

Join us for our annual afternoon of fun with sharks and science and math! Admission is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.

  • Tour the Shark Lab
  • Learn about the latest Shark Lab Science and Technology
  • Dig for Shark Teeth
  • Learn the Secrets of Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals
  • Take a Hands-On Tour of the Museum Collections of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Plants, Bugs, and More
  • Participate in Sharks and Crafts
  • Interact an Augmented Reality Visualization of Mountains and Valleys
  • Learn Beach Safety Tips in Presentation with Q&A
  • Challenge Yourself with Math
  • Learn About Local Coyotes and Skunks from the Mammal Lab
  • Explore Natural Hazards in Long Beach: Earthquakes, Floods, Tsunami

Activity offerings are subject to change.

More details to come!

Parking

Arrive early! Free parking is available in the Foundation parking lot, but space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

A shuttle will run between the Foundation parking lot and event space from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

6300 E. State University Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90815

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Parking in other lots on campus requires some form of paid parking. Parking is enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Some of the Experiences We Will Share with You

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Dr. Chris Lowe and the CSULB Shark Lab team
Meet Dr. Chris Lowe and the CSULB Shark Lab team of graduate and undergraduate students. The mission of the Shark Lab is to study the physiological and behavioral ecology of marine animals, emphasizing the effect of human activity on the ocean; to utilize and develop innovative technology to answer challenging questions important for the conservation and restoration of depleted populations; and to train the next generation of marine biologists.
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semi-enclosed tank bay
Tour the Shark Lab's facilities, which include a semi-enclosed outdoor tank bay that has a 10,000 gallon recirculating system including chillers, protein skimmers, and cartridge filters. The tank bay has several large polyurethane tanks for holding gamefishes, sharks, skates and rays.
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shark shack
Learn about shark and beach safety at the Shark Shack. A project of the Shark Lab, the Shark Shack builds appreciation for sharks by reducing fear and informing the public about sharks and other marine life they may encounter at the beach. The Shark Shack has information and activities for all ages.
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touch tank in marine lab
Tour the Marine Lab's facilities, which include an 18,000 gallon recirculating seawater system which supplies tanks in both indoor and semi-enclosed outdoor spaces with a constant supply of clean water at local environmental temperatures. Thus it has the ability to keep locally collected live marine animals (algae, invertebrates, and fishes) for classroom and research purposes.
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rhino skull
Take a hands-on tour of our Museum Collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Maintained by our Department of Biological Sciences, the collections are used for scientific research on environmental quality, conservation, species diversity, species relationships, animal behavior, development, and other topics. They are also used for laboratory instruction of CSULB students and in educational displays for visitors.
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Dr. Ted Stankowich and the CSULB Mammal Lab team
Meet Dr. Ted Stankowich and the CSULB Mammal Lab team of undergraduate and graduate students. The Mammal Lab studies how animals make decisions during predator-prey encounters, and investigates what ecological factors influence the evolution of animal behavior and defensive weaponry. The Mammal Lab also works to minimize conflict between humans and wildlife, especially in urban settings.
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sandbox with topographical features
Use an "augmented reality sandbox" to visualize the shapes of mountains and valleys. Understanding the Earth and environment requires working with maps and developing great visualization skills - this unique activity from our Department of Earth Science will help you understand mountains, valleys, and watersheds.
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magnified mineral structure
Explore the shapes and hidden crystal structures of rocks, minerals and beach sand that tell you how they formed, where they came from, and what kind of ancient life lived in the past. Examine samples with your eyes and special geologic microscopes, provided by our Department of Earth Science, that let you look into the rocks to see their beautiful, hidden features, and colors.
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bug collection
Take a hands-on tour of our Museum Collections of bugs and plants. Maintained by our Department of Biological Sciences, the collections are used for scientific research on environmental quality, conservation, species diversity, species relationships, animal behavior, development, and other topics. They are also used for laboratory instruction of CSULB students and in educational displays for visitors.
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person working on a math puzzle with blocks
Challenge yourself with math puzzles. Our Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a collection of puzzles that require logic and pattern recognition to solve. We have puzzles appropriate for most ages, with difficulties ranging from simple to complex.