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June 2018

A packed house for I Am More exhibit

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Ocean Alliance is  committed to supporting arts, culture, and community in Gloucester, and one way we show our support is by hosting art exhibitions at the Paint Factory.   Two weeks ago, we hosted the I Am More exhibit, which was the first public unveiling of the I Am More portraits.

 

The I Am More project consists of portraits by artist Amy Kerr of people facing personal challenges and essay by those people about how they are more than their depression, addiction, grief, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder, bipolar disorder, dysphoria or obsessive compulsive disorder. They are parents, children, and friends with loves, gifts and dreams. Work by Cape Ann artists and Gloucester High students whose portraits Amy painted were also in the show.

 

Acera School visits our robotics lab

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We had a group of very bright young students from Acera School (a nonprofit K – 8 STEAM school) come to Ocean Alliance yesterday to learn about our Drones For Whale Research program. The visit began with a tour of the Robotics Lab, which included a quick lesson/demo of thermal imaging using our DJI Matrice 210 with Zenmuse XT thermal camera.

The students also got to spend some time on our flight simulator flying various types of multirotor and fixed wing drones. Having worked on mini drones as part of the coursework, they were extremely excited to see Ocean Alliance’s vast collection of drones, old and new, functional and retired, and how the SnotBot drones have developed over the years.

After the Robotics Lab, the tour continued over at our main office in the former Paint Factory to watch some videos of SnotBot in action. The students had also previously learned about microbiomes in their coursework, so we showed them a SnotBot clip from our feature on National Geographic’s TV series One Strange Rock, where astronaut Chris Hadfield explains the importance of microbiomes for all life on Earth.