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2018 Roadshows...Ocean Discovery Zone at Devon County Show in May

In May we co-organised The Ocean Discovery Zone at 2018 Devon County Show, May 17, 18, & 19. This is a new attraction at this well attended show, and our pavilion featured engaging presentations and activities from some of the leading marine conservation organisations in the South West of UK.  We provided lots of life sized marine wildlife models and our expertise, and aimed to partly recreate the amazing visual experience we first provided in 2005 for the Festival of the Sea at Souter lighthouse ( see 2005 photo album ) . Our creatures large and small provided the realism and wow factor to enhance the many engaging activities provided by the different organisations participating. 

Project partners were Seadream Education and Devon County Show, and main sponsors were Devon County Show, University of Plymouth Marine Institute, and Coastal Recycling....thank you to them and to all the participants who helped make it such a great success.  For info on ODZ sponsors and participating organisations, do an online search

For publicity info on this show, see      https://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/visitors/attractions         ... and scroll down to Ocean Discovery Zone

For details of the School Competitions we ran as part of this show presentation, and a list of ODZ participants , see    www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/education  and click on the ODZ logo for the pdf flyer

For more reportage, do an online search for Ocean Discovery Zone at Devon County Show

Show attendance for 2018 was almost 90,000 over 3 days, and we estimate that over 5000 visited the Ocean Discovery Zone, including 16 different schools.

There are already plans and new ideas to improve the Ocean Discovery Zone for the 2019 Devon County Show, and to take it to other shows and events

Enjoy this photoalbum of our contribution to The Devon County Show 2018

Click on pictures to enlarge them

So much to see and learn about, so much to do. Visitors comments included " this is the only pavilion with a constant buzz of activity" and " I dont want to go"
....with some of our Whale Workshop marine wildlife models in the middle. School commented..."the displays create an impact as you walk in, amazing interactive activities too ! "
...and a strong focus on the scourge of plastic marine litter, and how we as the consumer can make small behaviour changes and become part of the solution rather than be the problem itself
Simple messages and repeating them, with engaging ways to allow people to make their own connections, get that "light-bulb-moment" and become part of the solution
...and where else can you get a shark selfie except at The Ocean Discovery Zone ?
First show day nearly over, shadows getting longer, people heading back to the car park, a quiet? day with ONLY 1000+ ODZ visitors. Could be twice as busy tomorrow, and then its heaving on final Saturday
For many schools, the engagement with the Ocean Discovery Zone began before the show days, with a competition to design a themed wheelbarrow design in 3D.
The ODZ themed prize winner was bang on the plastic marine litter theme, with a barrow full of typical marine litter and other strandline items
...and a young surfer coming in on a wave to do a "2-minute beach clean" Absolutely brilliant, spot on the theme and superbly executed
The prize for the school that created this was free tickets to get into Devon County Show, and they came and had a brilliant time
Inspire people, then give them a chance to express themselves, and the results can be amazing. How cool is this young surfer, and what he is doing. Part of the solution !
Day 2 in the Ocean Discovery Zone is a Friday, and its busy from the start, lots more school groups dashing around to try to see and do as much as possible
National Marine Aquarium's Virtual Reality headsets were always busy, taking visitors on an underwater journey deep into the ocean depths
Busy too in the opposite corner, with The Marine Institute and Seadream Education offering plankton viewing and lots more
For school groups, too much to see and not much time to do it all

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