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  • Virtual Reality: Bringing Shedd Aquarium to Learners in 360

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    When we have programing that takes place off site, the Shedd Learning team members have to ask themselves, “How can we bring the experience of viewing Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and animals to children?” For the Park Voyagers program, which takes place at Chicago Park District sites, our answer was to use virtual reality (VR) headsets to show kids 360-degree videos of those exhibits at Shedd Aquarium.

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  • Our Volunteers: Shedd Wouldn’t Be the Same without Them

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    It’s National Volunteer Week: Do you know where Shedd’s volunteers are?

    They’re just about everywhere around the aquarium, hard at work. You can usually spot these MVPs—most valuable partners—by their navy T-shirts with the orange-and-white volunteer logo on the left sleeve: a clownfish in an anemone, symbolic of one of the best-known symbiotic relationships. For more than 100 Shedd volunteers, a wetsuit is part of the uniform too.

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  • “Shedding” Single-Use Plastics to Protect Our Waters

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    Plastic is undeniably the wonder material: It’s cheap and versatile, and it is ubiquitous where we live, work and shop. But each year, an estimated 19 billion—with a B—pounds of the stuff winds up in the global ocean. Sea turtles choke on film bags, which they mistake for sea jellies; albatrosses feed colorful but fatal pellets to their chicks; and gray whales ingest a whole array of indigestible plastic flotsam.

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  • The Biggest Milestone: Dolphin Kukdlaa Turns 1

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    At this time last year, you shared the suspense as Pacific white-sided dolphin Katrl’s newborn calf hit those first make-or-break milestones: pumping his little body to the surface for air, bonding and learning to slipstream with mom, and the nail-biter, successful nursing.

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  • Depths of Discovery: Shedd’s Underwater ROV Program

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    Since Shedd’s Underwater Robotics Program was founded in 2009, we have seen hundreds of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) with different and creative designs developed by students. While the robots themselves are impressive, the clubs that built them are even more inspiring.

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