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Frost Science Presents Trash Detectives
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, in partnership with the Miami Science Barge, is bringing the expression of art to a scientific experiment with Trash Detectives during Art Days 2016 on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11. Presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, Art Days 2016 kicks off the arts season with events and exhibitions around downtown Miami.
Taking place onboard the Miami Science Barge, a floating marine laboratory and public environmental education center located in Museum Park, Trash Detectives invites visitors of all ages to create artworks on drift cards that will be deployed into Biscayne Bay as part of the Bay Drift research project being conducted by Frost Science, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and University of Miami-based ocean currents consortium, CARTHE (Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment). Visitors will also have the chance to tour the barge and interact with visiting artists and scientists. Drift cards are thin, biodegradable pieces of wood, colored with bright non-toxic paint that will be used by scientists to learn more about how ocean currents in the bay transport oil, marine debris, and other pollutants.
Following Art Days, local organizations will release the drift cards from seven locations throughout Miami-Dade County. The beautifully colored drift cards will move into and within Biscayne Bay until someone finds it and reports the discovery to the scientists. On the cards are instructions asking the finder to report the date and location found. To learn more about the Bay Drift project, please visit http://carthe.org/biscayne-bay-currents/.
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