From Green Right Now Reports

Los Angeles-area school kids who visit the Redondo Beach SEA Lab this year will get an extra lesson in the dangers of pollution, courtesy of environmental groups that have partnered to create a new exhibit about DDT and PCBs.

The exhibit, set up at a kiosk, will boost nature education with the latest technology, allowing kids to see and experience wildlife in 3D “Augmented Reality”.  This new streaming video/3-D technology, supplied by the company Total Immersion, will make the eaglets once imperiled by DDT appear to be live and in front of the viewers, who can “hold” them.

Two other vignettes will feature information and graphics about seabirds and safe fishing. All three presentations show how pollution affects wildlife and the environment.

Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, which works to recovered contaminated natural areas, and Pavement LA, a sustainable design firm, collaborated with Total Immersion to create the kiosk.

DDT and PCB pesticides have been largely eliminated from today’s inventory of pollutants, but they remain in the environment from heavy use in decades past, virtually everywhere in the U.S..

“Augmented reality is an entirely new way to engage children, promoting ecological consciousness and interaction with endangered species through the magic of this technology,” said Gabrielle Dorr, outreach coordinator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, in a news release about the new display.

“What’s especially helpful is the blend of AR and video within each scenario – each reinforces the other and underscores our message.”

The SEA Lab is managed by the LA Conservation Corps. Teachers wanting to arrange field trips can get more information at the lab’s website.