A new science and technology centre aims to teach visitors about the world's oceans and encourage young people's interest in marine science.
ExplorOcean is a pound;3.6 million centre to be built at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Exhibits will be on three floors and will explore issues related to climate change. Ocean Energy will demonstrate how wave power can be harnessed, while Ocean Prospectors will show how we explore hostile marine environments in search of new medicines and hydrocarbon reserves. But the highlight will be the AquaTheatre, featuring a 22,000-gallon water tank in which visitors will be invited to take part in a marine version of the popular television contest 'Robot Wars'. Funded by the ReDiscover Consortium and South West Regional Development Agency, ExplorOcean will open in 2006. For details telephone 01752 600301; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.national-aquarium.co.uk