The Technoquarium open to the public

They came, tried and were convinced, the top managers of Norsk Hydro, the Hordaland County Mayor Torill Selsvold Nyborg, the Mayor of Bergen Herman Friele and a bundle of children of all ages. The subsea pavilion at the Bergen Science Centre seems to live up to the visitor?s expectations for adventure.

Published: 1 June 2007
Despite the ceremonious occasion, many of the guests at the opening of the Bergen Science Centre were carried away by NCE Subsea's subsea simulator from the Ormen Lange.
Giving the visitors an experience of a modern, high technology adventure is the main motive behind NCE Subsea's involvement in the science centre.
Wearing 3D glasses and placed in an original ROV pilote's chair, the visitors may try their act as ROV operators, navigate towards the Ormen Lange gas field and perform a small operation there. The action is made like a computer game, making it possible to beat the clock.
- Very few people know what it looks like at the bottom of the ocean. This initiative is a good way to visualize the oil activity on the seabed, commented Tore Torvund, vice president of Norsk Hydro, during the guided tour.

In her speech, County Mayor Torill Selsvold Nyborg summed up the idea behind the entire VilVite science center: I see and I forget, I do and I understand. She hopes the technoquarium, together with the some 50 other try-for-yourself installations, will inspire youth to choose an education in science and mathematics.
Dean Ole-Gunnar Søgnen of the Department of Engineering at the Bergen University College was among the excited people in the audience. Despite his plans for a new engineering study at the university college starting this autumn; when it comes to computer games, even a Dean might still have a few things to learn from the young?
Mayor Hermann Friele was another excited guest; he would like to have a similar game at home.
Nyborg and Olsen
Main sponsor
NCE Subsea together with our main sponsors, Aker Kværner Subsea and Oceaneering, is behind the development and financing of the Technoquarium. Bennex, Framo Engineering and Underwater Technology Foundation (UTC) also take part in financing the subsea exhibition.
The Technoquarium, together with the rest of the Bergen Science Centre, is now open to the public every day except Monday.
English text by Trude Sletteland