Over the course of about two hours, our unit’s students, technicians, and volunteers took over 150 people through a series of interactive games to learn about shark biology, shark diversity, the efforts of my student, Tim Curtis, to develop a platform for citizen science projects with sharks, and how sharks are creating incredible new breakthroughs in human medicine.
We used a combination of specimens, measurement devices, props, and interactive games, to bring the world of sharks to life across three tables. The exhibit was packed and it was great seeing how positive everyone was about sharks
Using shark jaw specimens and images of sharks, visitors got to play a game of linking the picture to the tooth
Man testing his grip strength against the bite force of a bull shark.
Prior to the start of the film, I also had the opportunity to speak about sharks and my own experiences with the film jaws. Following the film we also did jaws trivia with prizes and had audience members ask me random questions about sharks. It was an incredible evening and everyone who attended was wonderful. Hopefully we will be participating in many more movie night events in the future!
Not only is getting to see Jaws in an actual theater a total treat, getting to introduce the film was just too cool.