Written by Lauren Colonair.
Over the past few months, the Public Engagement and Outreach team at the Coastal Studies Institute has been working to bring the experiences of CSI to the virtual realm. Before the era of social distancing, CSI provided many programs and opportunities to the public. However, since the start of COVID-19, things have had to change.
In order to continue to engage the public, CSI set out to create virtual content such as their Kitchen Science series and Summer Science on the Screen series on Youtube. Now, the Public Engagement and Outreach team, along with Heidi Hannoush, a CSI photojournalism intern from the Outer Banks Field Site, are working on a new way to bring CSI online.
Within the next month, a virtual tour of the CSI facilities will be available on the CSI website. The team will be working with 360 cameras and computer programs to capture the essence of CSI. So far, they have begun to photograph lobby spaces and hallways, as they start to stitch the building together.
By the end of the project, users will be able to move through outdoor spaces, research labs, classrooms, and more. While participating in the tour, users will also have easy access to links, extra pictures, and videos which will provide even more information about the spaces they are in.
The Public Engagement and Outreach team is excited to continue to offer opportunities, such as this virtual tour, to the public in order to accommodate the new norms of life. Keep an eye on our website for the release of the tour, it is not something you will want to miss!