In response to the May #SciCommChall, Nena has picked 10 images that represent her work. She writes…
The baseline of my project is the 14-metre long sperm whale skeleton in the Zoological Museum in Kiel. The fascinating biology of this marine mammal makes him to be the perfect exhibition object for my study.
With the help of virtual reality, we want to show the biology and ecology of whales in an understandable way. Therefore, we have three main target extensions
1) to visualize the complex evolution of whales from a mammal on land to one in the sea
2) to provide a fundamental understanding of the interactions of skeleton, muscles and organs
and 3) – the focus of the study – to clear about the connection of whales to the anthropogenic underwater noise.
Regarding to our third aim we want to study the assessment competency of our target groups – a wider society of teachers, students, pupils, visitors, families – about the topic “underwater noise and whales” and the transfer of knowledge through virtual reality media in an informal learning place – the museum. Next to this, we started an inclusion project for visually impaired people – also they should make great experiences about the whales and their biology and get to know the structure of the sperm whale skeleton with a 3D model.
To do this, there is a lot of passion about whales and the aim to help people see their fascination and and a lot of motivation to manage this project from best friends to do it.
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