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While the beach is a destination spot for activities ranging from volleyball to swimming, there are very serious risks to visitation. Oceanlab is a multimedia outreach program designed to help support New York families and educators with children between the ages of 5 and 15 who are just beginning to experience the urban beach and require a safety-minded introduction to the environment. There are four components to the Oceanlab experience: Oceanlab Beach, Oceanlab Classroom, Oceanlab Online and Oceanlab Community. In all of these environments kids, families and educators have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the beach through interaction. Oceanlab tools developed for this kind of exploration include a website with games, lesson plans, fact sheets, animations, podcasts, locative (GPS) experiences and an urban game for students, teachers and parents. Making New York City kids more aware of their surrounding geography can increase their personal safety and environmental stewardship because if they know about their surroundings they will have a vested interest.



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