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Pop Up / Drill Down

Announcing Pop-Up/Drill Down Science: a special project to bring the JR and its exciting science to communities around the country!

Pop-Up/Drill Down Science is a 5-year project designed to create exciting “pop-up” science events in the style of pop-up restaurants, stores and art fairs. Bringing high quality earth and ocean science content to rural communities and those with a high percentage of traditionally underserved populations will create a buzz about the intriguing discoveries done around the world’s oceans and create opportunities for further learning. The project involves working with libraries, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations, program scientists, educators, and museums across the country.


Concept drawing of Pop-Up/Drill Down event
The first step is a Request for Proposals from exhibit designers/fabricators to create the Pop-Up Kiosks/Portable Immersive Experience. Interested firms should download the RFP below. Any questions can be addressed to: and answers will be posted here. Some questions and answers received so far are posted below.
A webinar to discuss the project was held via Zoom on October 13 @ 12:30 pm EDT. Notes from the webinar are attached below.

(Contact Sharon @ with questions about the webinar.)
Educators, families, museums, youth organizations, libraries: Are you interested in bringing Pop-Up to your community? Email: for more information.

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