I volunteered at the aquarium to help out with a Halloween event taking place there. We were allowed to come in costume, so I donned my chosen costume for the year—Spiderman!
Nobody else wore a costume, but I didn’t mind, and wearing the costume that night was a lot of fun. I was assigned to help out with a booth that did virtual pumpkin carving. We helped decorate the booth before the doors opened. This activity was hard to explain to the visitors, but here is what it is essentially.
- Paper with pumpkin outline
- App that produces the 3D pumpkin image
Virtual Pumpkin Carving Steps:
- You are given a piece of paper with an outline of a pumpkin.
- You draw and fill in a face for that pumpkin.
- I scan your paper with an iPad, and the TV shows the view of the iPad.
- Then, where the paper is on the iPad’s view, a pumpkin pops up with your design carved in it! It is virtual, and not actually there in real life, but it is so cool to see a pumpkin sitting on the table through the iPad’s app.
- You can take a picture with your pumpkin.
So, for my first shift, I scanned designs that people crafted at our booth and took their pictures with the virtual pumpkins.
Afterwards, my shift had ended, so I took a break. When I returned, I explored the area a bit. I also did this near the end, when all of my shifts had been completed. The booths around the aquarium were cool, and we saw a Mad Scientist show, marine skeletons, music from children (most under 10!), and more.
In my other shift, I actually helped out at the front desk and signed those going to the event in. I was able to see some of my instructors from Season 1, too!
The night concluded and we helped break down the event, returning various items to offices and rooms about the aquarium. I loved the event because I was able to help those at the event, spend time with fellow interns, and work behind the scenes.