[Global] Microalgae are the future since they can be used for renewable energy, food, fertilizer, and food stock. This study is important because it will culminate in a bilingual, multisensory learning experience to educate a wide audience, including the disabled, about microalgae.
This presentation will also teach the public how microalgae are negatively impacted by different stressors, including microplastic in clothing and nanoparticles in sunscreens.
This study serves not only as vital outreach but also as important scientific research. Samples will be collected throughout the Panama Canal, and this data will enhance our understanding regarding the diversity of microalgae and determining if any species can live within all three parts of this aquatic ecosystem.
The study’s hypothesis predicts that the public will learn more about microalgae by making the invisible microalgae visible via microscopes, tactile though 3D model printing, audible by setting data to music, olfactory by understanding the smell, and tastable through the understanding of its nutritional value. Scientifically, the hypothesis also predicts that some species of microalgae will be found in all three of these aquatic ecosystems.
The methods utilized in this study will include the collection of samples in three spots along the Panama Canal (the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean and Gatun Lake). The storytelling of microalgae will be done by taking pictures with the light microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and showcasing the results in blogs and educational activities. Finally, a small cart will be used to create an exhibit where visitors will be able to experience the microalgae with their five senses. Through this multisensory experience, the public will come to have a better understanding of microalgae and how to take care of them.
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