Beacon Institute Launches Sensor Place

Interactive exhibit opens Dec. 5

The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, will open an interactive learning space called Sensor Place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 5, at its storefront at 199 Main St.

The Sensor Place exhibits were inspired by the institute’s River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON), which allows users to explore and visualize data about the river’s health. One exhibit will be a virtual ecosystem; visitors can make it rain, channel water flows and sculpt the landscape with their hands. The 3D watershed, now in the final stages of development at Clarkson University’s campus in Potsdam, is the result of a student-generated project overseen by Shane Rogers, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. A crowdfunding campaign to support the installation of the prototype at Sensor Place is underway; visit

Sensor Place will also provide an opportunity for visitors to learn in more detail about Clarkson University-Beacon Institute water research and other programs, with self-guided kiosks designed by Beacon-based LNJ Tech Services.

To register for the reception, visit Sensor Place will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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