IAN Symbol Libraries a big hit at the Horn Point Lab Open House

Young boy making a conceptual diagramOn October 15, the UMCES Horn Point Lab (HPL) Open House was held, with over 700 adults and children exploring the eight science display areas in the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab building. A touch tank, oyster and fish hatchery tours, field work films, project posters, and sampling equipment provided interesting and interactive opportunities for the public to learn from faculty and students about the activities going on at the laboratory. At the IAN table, conceptual diagram posters were displayed and computers were available for anyone to try their hand at creating a Chesapeake Bay scene using the IAN Symbol Libraries. Young children loved playing with the symbols, while teenagers were excited to see how effective and useful this technique of science communication could be for school projects and reports, and adults considered the potential of conceptual diagrams for business or personal use.