Sunday, May 27, 2001

Aquarium spotlighted
by key Web educator

Star-Bulletin staff

The Waikiki Aquarium Web site has been selected as one of the "Digital Dozen" by a team of math, science, education and Web publishing experts for the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Web site.

Twelve sites were selected for the "Digital Dozen" based on content, audience usefulness and engagement, functionality and navigation and use of Web technology and design.

Four indoor exhibit galleries are featured on the aquarium's virtual tour, plus the outdoor Edge of the Reef, monk seal habitat, mahimahi and coral farm exhibits.

The virtual tour also links to a "library" function that gives students, teachers and ocean lovers access to more than 130 marine life profiles with facts and reference lists.

Bruce Carlson, aquarium director, said by having the aquarium's exhibits featured on the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Web site, "We are able to reach educators and students from all over the nation, which is such an exciting opportunity.

"One of our primary goals here at the Waikiki Aquarium is to help educate students about Hawaiian marine life. The Digital Dozen award by the clearinghouse is an accomplishment that validates our efforts of providing quality educational materials to students."

The clearinghouse selects a "Digital Dozen" every month. The aquarium was featured last month. The clearinghouse is administered by Ohio State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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