"Sensor Place" Hands-on Discovery Space to Open at Our Main Street Location, Dec. 5

We are proud to announce that a new interactive learning space called “Sensor Place” will open on Sat., 12/5 in our storefront location at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY. Sensor Place will promote environmental science and sensor technology with unique interactive exhibits on permanent display for visitors of all ages to explore the Hudson River and learn about estuaries worldwide.

A family-friendly reception to celebrate the launch of Sensor Place will take place at199 Main Street, Beacon on Sat., 12/5 at noon. To learn more and register online for this event, please visit www.bire.org/events.

Interactive exhibits featured in Sensor Place—inspired by Beacon Institute’s River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON)—will expose young families to the hidden world of water by presenting easy-to-understand concepts in environmental science and technology. As REON allows users to explore and visualize real world river health data in real time, Sensor Place exhibits will engage visitors to grasp complex ideas with hands-on experiences.

Sensor Place Opening Reception: Saturday, 12/5, Noon at 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY. Register here.

To spark passion for science in young learners, a “Sensor Station” exhibit will highlight the role of saltwater in the Hudson estuary. Using sensor probes to measure salinity concentrations of the exhibit’s water samples, visitors will learn about Atlantic Ocean tides and observe a variety of salt levels favored by Hudson species. Sensing salt water in real time will demonstrate to users how REON technology can protect water quality by giving scientists a near-instant view of environmental health measures.

Another unique exhibit bound for Sensor Place is a 3D interactive watershed, a virtual ecosystem in which users can make it rain, channel water flows and sculpt the landscape – all with their bare hands. By manipulating sand lit by a projector in a unit equipped with a motion-sensing device, visitors of all ages can delve into the fields of hydrology, topography, and geomorphology. The 3D watershed, now in the final stages of development at Clarkson University’s campus in Potsdam, NY, is the result of a student-generated project overseen by Dr. Shane Rogers, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. A crowd-funding campaign to support the installation of the prototype model at Sensor Place is underway; for information on how to participate, visit http://igg.me/at/LaunchSensorPlace.

Sensor Place will also be an opportunity for visitors to learn in more detail about Clarkson University-Beacon Institute water research and other mission-related programs, with self-guided kiosks designed by Beacon-based LNJ Tech Services. In addition, a “Sense of Place” exhibit will highlight the many environmental, art and cultural organizations that make the Hudson Valley an extraordinary home and destination for residents and visitors.

Sensor Place Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, Noon
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University
199 Main Street, Beacon, NY