Exhibit Component Name Parent Exhibit Width Height Depth Dimension Details Catalog Number Power Needed Powered Power Required Image Taxonomy Umbrella Categories Air Pressure Component Description Special Notes
Shaking the Salt Habit Shaking the Salt Habit 66 inches 77 inches 24 inches This is a two-sided graphic panel unit with Liquid Calories 028-07-0010 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness Health and Life Science Using flip panels, this exhibit component test's the visitor's knowledge about the health effects of sodium and where it is commonly found. Visitors also view a graphic representation of the amount of salt the average American eats in a year. Bilingual
Older or Younger (Unit #1 with Gorilla) Older or Younger (Unit #1 with Gorilla) 66 inches 60 inches 33 inches 1 of 2 Older or Younger units 021-03-0013 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Animals, Bones, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Did you ever wonder how animals age? Can you recognize the many signs of aging in animals? Examine such characteristics as teeth, bones, hair, mobility, or growth rings of various species and determine which animals are younger and which are older. Find out how animals change as they age and what causes each visible change over time. Discover the similarities and differences among animals as well as between animals and humans in how they age. (3-adult)
Land the Shuttle Land the Shuttle 24 inches 60 inches 192 inches 000-00-0003 No N/A N/A Earth Viewed From Space, Flight, Physics and Motion, Space, Young Children Physics and Motion, Space and Flight, Young Children N/A Young visitors can test their skill and dexterity by trying to land the space shuttle on the runway.
Cardiology Cardiology 30 inches 42 inches 24 inches Can be used as a portable outreach unit 000-xx-0009 Yes Floor 110 VAC Health, Heart and Circulatory System, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Women's Health Health and Life Science N/A Heart Health: Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In many cases the disease can be prevented by making healthy choices. This exhibit features a game, the object of which is to get to the end goal, a healthy heart. The point of the game uses an entertaining format to present easy, manageable ideas for lifestyle change, or small steps towards a big change. Text explains how poor diet, smoking, and lack of physical activity affects the heart and arteries, and why this is important. Graphics of a healthy heart will show what a normal heart looks like and how the arteries connect to the heart.
Frames Per Second Frames Per Second Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 024-05-0011 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Most animation uses about 24 frames per second because it produces the perfect apparent motion effect. Fewer frames can seem unrealistic because the animation appears to flicker between frames. Turn a dial to change the frame rate of an LED display, comparing how the same sequence looks different at 18, 24, and 30 frames per second. (6-adult)
Bernoulli Blower Bernoulli Blower 72 inches 96 inches 96 inches 000-xx-0006 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Innovation and Technology, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A The Bernoulli principle is demonstrated in highly interactive and unusual ways as disks appear to levitate and balls are suspended in mid-air. Air blowers are self-contained within the unit and a variety of props are included. The exhibit is popular for all ages and is an excellent demonstration of principles of flight. Bad photo
Conveyor Belt Conveyor Belt 34 inches 34 inches 96 inches 000-xx-0007 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A A hand operated conveyor for visitors ages 2 to 100.
Hot Air Ballon Hot Air Ballon 48 inches 48 inches Exhibit requires a minimum 30 foot ceiling height. 000-xx-0004 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Flight, Physics and Motion Physics and Motion, Space and Flight N/A Up Up and Away! What makes a hot air balloon go up? What makes it come down? Visitors can experiment with the dynamics of balloon flight with this interactive exhibit. By heating the air inside the balloon to different temperatures, they can control how high it will fly.
Mega Wheel Mega Wheel 72 inches 90 inches 30 inches 000-xx-0005 No N/A N/A Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Physics and Motion N/A Turn the Crank and Gear Up! The Mega Wheel is a large interactive demonstrating the mathematical principle of exponential powers. This demonstration helps visitors comprehend large numbers like one million or 10 to the 6th power. Visitors are asked to turn a crank enough times to move the wheels representing 10 to the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th powers. To move the wheel representing one million the crank would have to be turned non-stop for 11 1/2 days.
How Money Is Made How Money Is Made 197 inches 238 inches 296 inches 022-04-0007 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Puzzles Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving Get an inside look at how currency is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and how coins are made at the U.S. Mint by watching two short videos that explore the art, science, and technology of making money. See how presses and mints operate and discover the many steps and different technologies involved in the process of making money. Please note that this is a computer kiosk embedded in the large Money Factory unit (see dimensions). This could be customized in a much smaller cabinet for the client.
Breast Health Breast Health Can be used as a portable, table-top outreach unit 000-xx-0008 Yes Floor 110 VAC Health, Life Science, Table Tops, Women's Health Health and Life Science N/A Breast Tumors: This exhibit impresses upon the visitor the importance of annual screening mammograms in early breast cancer detection, as well as the benefits of early detection. The visitor will be able to see copies of real mammogram x-rays showing healthy breasts and breasts with varying sizes of lumps, both normal and cancerous. They will also be able to touch and compare the sizes of lumps that can be detected through exams and mammograms.
Illumitune Illumitune 120 inches 96 inches 24 inches 000-00-0001 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Music and Sound, Physics and Motion, Vision Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Can you use your body and light to make music? The Illumintune is a music synthesizer controlled by beams of colored light. Visitors select one of eight common musical instruments and then put their hand into the different beams to play different notes. If they are fast enough, the visitor can play their favorite musical piece.
Distance To Space Distance To Space 47 inches 105 inches 23 inches Can be customized to fit your needs 000-xx-0010 No N/A N/A Earth Viewed From Space, Flight, Space Earth and Natural Science, Space and Flight N/A How high does the space shuttle fly? Where does the atmosphere end and out space begin? This exhibit invites visitors to compare terrestrial distances on a map to the altitudes of different layers of the atmosphere and discover how thin Earth’s atmosphere really is.
Earhquake House Earhquake House 48 inches 96 inches Platform, 18 x 3 foot ramp ADA compliant. Requires clean, dry, compressed air. 000-xx-0011 Yes Floor 110 VAC Geology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion Earth and Natural Science, Physics and Motion N/A Get Shaking! Step into the "house" and feel the earth move! Earthquake House is an open platform, ready to be incorporated into your design plan. The platform is powered by compressed air and controlled by a computer that is easily programmed to move in multiple axes. Duration and force of the movements may be varied to tailor the experience to the exhibit application. Movements are smooth and quiet. This is one of OMSI's most popular permanent exhibits and has been used as a demonstration platform for teaching earthquake preparedness techniques, as well as for demonstrating seismically accurate equipment. OMSI can custom design the exhibit to your specifications.
Satellite Vision Satellite Vision 47 inches 62 inches 30 inches 025-06-0006 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Air, Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Space, Vision, Water Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Space and Flight At these specially designed illusion boxes, visitors turn a knob to fade between true-color and false-color satellite images. The first box features sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and clearly shows the swirling eddies and currents of the warm Gulf Stream (warm water is red and yellow, cooler water is green and blue). The other box shows atmospheric concentrations of the pollutant carbon monoxide over Central America (higher pollution areas are red and yellow, cleaner air is green). Wildfires and agricultural fires were responsible for much of the pollution seen in the image. Key messages: Satellites can detect information that is invisible to the human eye; satellite data is used to answer questions that are important to our daily lives. Student Challenge: Look at the pollution image—is there more pollution over the ocean or the land? Now look at the ocean temperature image—where in this picture would you want to go swimming? Bilingual
Tracking Hurricanes Tracking Hurricanes A View From Space 30 inches 64 inches 36 inches 025-06-0009 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Air, Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Space, Water Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight This interactive hurricane-tracking map tells visitors the story of Hurricane Charley and challenges them to predict Charley’s landfall location. Visitors use a magnetic hurricane “puck” to trace the path of the hurricane and discover how satellites are used to study these awesome storms. Charley began in August 2004 as a small weather disturbance moving east from Africa. On August 10 it strengthened to a tropical storm and then to a hurricane on August 11. It struck the United States on the afternoon of August 13, causing an estimated 15 billion dollars in damage. Charley’s dramatic, last minute curve to the Northeast was due to a strong weather pattern, known as a “mid-tropospheric trough,” that had moved in to the Gulf of Mexico from the east-central United States and pushed the hurricane towards the southwest coast of Florida. Key message: Satellites allow us to monitor and predict natural disasters, such as hurricanes. Student Challenge: Complete the activity and try to guess where Hurricane Charley hit the United States. What clues did you use to make your decision? Bilingual
Seasonal Changes Seasonal Changes A View From Space 30 inches 43 inches 30 inches 025-06-0007 No N/A N/A Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability At this station, visitors spin a praxinoscope and see an entire year of satellite data from North America compressed into a few seconds of animation. Complex patterns of change are revealed as visitors watch cycles of drought, snow accumulation, and vegetation growth across the continent. Images in this animation are taken from NASA’s “Blue Marble: Next Generation” data set. This set of images was created using data from the MODIS (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensor aboard the Terra satellite and features a year of monthly composite images of the entire globe. NASA scientists used computer programs to remove clouds and enhance details in the images. Key message: Changes on the surface of the Earth are visible from space. Student Challenge: Spin the wheel. What changes do you notice? Why do you think the color of the East coast changes so much during the year? Bilingual
Environmental Changes Environmental Changes A View From Space 68 inches 58 inches 22 inches Called Changing Our Planet in the manual 025-06-0001 No N/A Botany, Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Innovation and Technology, Life Science, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability, Space and Flight At this exhibit, three rotating cubes, featuring modern and historic satellite images, demonstrate some of the important environmental changes that NASA’s satellites are tracking from space, including population growth, deforestation, and ozone depletion. All three of these continue to be important issues today. Another environmental problem being studied by NASA is global warming. Many of the Earth Observing System satellite missions are designed to help scientists better understand and monitor global climate change. To learn more about climate change, visit the Earth Observatory website: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/GlobalWarming/warming.html Key message: Satellites are helping us study important environmental changes. Student Challenge: Between which years did the most deforestation happen in Brazil? What other types of change could you track from space? Bilingual
Orbits Orbits A View From Space 36 inches 52 inches 28 inches 025-06-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC Earth Viewed From Space, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight This exhibit offers a dramatic demonstration of how satellites orbit the Earth and capture images of the entire planet. With the turn of a crank, visitors send a satellite spinning around a rotating model Earth, while a UV light paints a clear picture of the satellite’s path. This station models a polar orbit—the type used by most of NASA’s Earth observing satellites. Because these satellites orbit around the North and South poles, while the Earth rotates from East to West, they are continuously capturing image “slices” of different parts of the Earth. By combining the slices, scientists create images of the entire planet. Key message: An orbit is the path a satellite takes as it travels around the Earth. Student Challenge: Turn the crank slowly and watch the satellite’s path. Do you notice any pattern?
What Can You Find? What Can You Find? A View From Space 2 Units: Banner 68"Wx22"Dx68.5"H and User Interface Table 24"Wx26.5"Dx36"H 025-06-0010 No N/A Animals, Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Geology, Innovation and Technology, Life Science, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Health and Life Science, Space and Flight A large banner features a wide-view image of North America on one side and a detailed, 1-meter resolution image of downtown Manhattan on the other. Visitors are introduced to the importance of scale and resolution as they compare these images captured by the IKONOS and SeaWiFS satellites. The SeaWiFS satellite is designed to look at ocean color variation. This information can be used to map types and quantities of marine phytoplankton. IKONOS is a privately owned satellite that produces high-resolution imagery for a variety of applications, including oil and gas exploration, agriculture and land management, environmental analysis, and even motion pictures. Key message: Satellites give us a new perspective of our planet. Student Challenge: Look at the satellite image of Manhattan—how could scientists use such a detailed image? Now look at the image of North America—how could scientists use this image? (Possible answers: locating forest fires, tracking storms, map-making.) Bilingual
The Big Picture The Big Picture A View From Space 57 inches 60 inches 26 inches 025-06-0008 No N/A N/A Earth Viewed From Space, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight This flip panel matching game challenges visitors to expand their point of view and try to identify the Grand Canyon from a series of ground photos, aerial photos, and satellite images. A giant topographical map of the canyon gives visitors a hands-on appreciation of a satellite’s perspective. The vertical scale of the Grand Canyon relief map is 1:125,000. Aerial photos in the exhibit were taken from an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet and the satellite photos were from 440 miles above the Earth. On the scale of the map, an airplane would be just two inches above the Grand Canyon, while a satellite would be almost two stories above the map! Key message: The Earth looks very different from space. Student Challenge: What part of the Grand Canyon is shown in the aerial photo? In the satellite image? Bilingual
How High Are Satellites? How High Are Satellites? A View From Space 46 inches 91 inches 32 inches 025-06-0002 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Earth Viewed From Space, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Space and Flight With this interactive, air-powered bar graph, visitors send balls shooting up a gigantic profile of the Earth’s atmosphere, revealing the orbit and flight altitudes of satellites, space stations, weather balloons, and airplanes. The last tube to the right on this exhibit shows the orbit of a weather satellite. Most weather satellites travel in geosynchronous orbit—meaning their orbit speed matches the rotation of the Earth. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit view the same part of the Earth at all times. To achieve this orbit, the satellite must be 22,300 miles from the surface of the Earth—over 50 times the altitude of NASA’s Terra satellite. Key message: Satellites view the Earth from space. Student Challenge: How many miles above the Earth does the Terra satellite orbit? (Answer: about 440 miles.) How much higher is the Terra satellite than the International Space Station? (Answer: about 190 miles higher.) Bilingual
Satellite Activity Area Satellite Activity Area A View From Space This area includes: Drawing Table 42.5" diameter x 38.5"H with centerpiece; Globe Table 36.5" diameter x 41"H; Bookcase 37"Wx14"Dx32"H 025-06-0004 No N/A N/A Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Space, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight, Young Children N/A The satellite activity area features a drawing station, free-play activity table, and books. These activities encourage families and school groups to learn about space and satellites together through creative, open-ended play and exploration. For younger students with limited background knowledge, this is a good place to start. Key messages: A satellite is an object in space; satellites are another way humans explore the Earth. Student Challenge: Try using the stencils to draw a picture of a satellite orbiting the Earth. Now act out an orbit with the space toys. Bilingual
Satellite Puzzles Satellite Puzzles A View From Space 20 inches 3 inches 16 inches 025-06-0005 No N/A N/A Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Puzzles, Table Tops, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Space and Flight, Young Children N/A Two large floor puzzles help to make the topic of satellites accessible to families and young visitors. One compares the size of satellites to every day objects, such as a beach ball or a mini-van, while the other reveals the inner workings of NASA’s Aqua satellite. The size of a satellite depends on its mission and the number of sensors it carries. The largest satellite shown on the puzzle, Terra, has five different sensors, used to measure and map various characteristics of the Earth’s lands, oceans, and atmosphere. Sputnik was the first satellite, successfully launched into orbit by the former Soviet Union in 1957. The only instrument aboard this small satellite was a thermometer. Key message: Satellites can be big or small; there are many different parts to a satellite. Student Challenge: How big is the largest satellite in the puzzle? The smallest? Why do you think most satellites have solar panels? Bilingual
Older Ages Through the Ages Older Ages Through the Ages Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches Called Longer & Longer Lives in TE version 021-03-0011 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science When you place your hand over a series of holes in front of Plexiglas tubes, balls rise on currents of air, graphing the age range of the population in twenty-year increments from 1800 to 2100. Compare the size of the aging population to the total population over time and consider how these evolving demographics and the growth of the elder population will affect you in the future. (6-adult)
Can Older Brains Learn New Tricks? Can Older Brains Learn New Tricks? Amazing Feats of Aging 84 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0009 No N/A Aging, Animals, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Design an environment for an older “cage potato” rat that will keep its brain healthy and stimulate brain growth. You are challenged to furnish a two-story house by choosing from a variety of items such as an exercise wheel, other rats, toys, etc. After you’ve finished furnishing the house, you can score your results and see how well your environment enhanced the rat’s brain function. Discover how enriched environments involving exercise, novel challenges, and social experiences stimulate brain growth in rats by increasing both blood supply and connections between nerve cells (synapses). Apply your discoveries to activate your own brain growth! (3-adult)
Older Males or Older Females? Older Males or Older Females? Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0012 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Animals, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science Do females live longer than males? Does menopause affect life span? Compare the life expectancy of males and females of different species by watching balls whiz up clear vertical air chutes to form a graph in the air. When you place your hand over a hole in front of a Plexiglas tube, a ball rises on a current of air and graphs each life expectancy. Explore the similarities and differences in longevity of males and females and how gender influences life expectancy in humans and other species. (6-adult)
Older or Younger (Unit #2 animal skulls) Older or Younger (Unit #2 animal skulls) Amazing Feats of Aging 66 inches 60 inches 30 inches 1 of 2 Older or Younger units 021-03-0014 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Animals, Bones, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Did you ever wonder how animals age? Can you recognize the many signs of aging in animals? Examine such characteristics as teeth, bones, hair, mobility, or growth rings of various species and determine which animals are younger and which are older. Find out how animals change as they age and what causes each visible change over time. Discover the similarities and differences among animals as well as between animals and humans in how they age. (3-adult)
A Sticky Situation A Sticky Situation Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0002 No N/A N/A Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A Have you ever wondered what causes us to age? Feel the “before” and “after” affects of collagen cross-linking, a process at work in the body that contributes to aging. Stretch and compare collagen fibers in two models and see if you can guess which one is older. Notice how loose and stretchy the “before” model is compared to the stiffer “after” cross-linking model. You can even simulate the process of cross-linking by assembling your own model and observing what happens as links are added over time. (6-adult)
Longevity Parade (trav exh version) Longevity Parade (trav exh version) Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches Same as Which Animals Live Longer but this cabinet is shaped differently 021-03-0010 No N/A N/A Aging, Animals, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Line up 9 animal cutouts (mouse, rabbit, bat, tiger, zebra, hippopotamus, elephant, human, and orca) in order by their size from smallest to largest. Then see if you can put them in the correct order from shortest to longest life span. Is there a correlation between size and life span for all the species represented? Discover which animals live longer, why larger animals generally live longer than smaller ones, and which smaller animals are exceptions to this rule. Colorful graphics and text analyze the different groupings and explain the discrepancies between them. (3-adult)
What About Alzheimer's Disease? What About Alzheimer's Disease? Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0016 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science
What Can We Do About Aging? What Can We Do About Aging? Amazing Feats of Aging 46 inches 60 inches 46 inches (2) units, each with 4 viewer stations. Dimensions are for (1) unit. 021-03-0017 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science A clear-walled Plexiglas tank with a bellows system of wave production. The waves continually break on a sandy beach until a visitor holds a button to temporarily stop them. Waves can be viewed from three sides. Anchored seaweed and corks move in orbits to show that a wave form passes over, but does not move, objects such as logs which remain stationary. The bellows mechanism that forces air into a chamber and generates waves is visible to visitors. OMSI can custom design for your specifications.
Age Machine Age Machine Amazing Feats of Aging 130 inches 102 inches 65 inches 021-03-0003 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A Come face to face with the reality that time changes your appearance. Sit at this computer station and record a black and white picture of your face. Then, using customized software, enter your current age and gender and watch your face “age” up to 25 years! (8-adult)
Amazing Aging Animals Amazing Aging Animals Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0004 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Animals, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Explore how aging varies greatly from species to species in this colorful display featuring six animals (giant tortoise, roundworm, elephant, human, bowhead whale, and quahog clam). Select one of six questions on life span, then choose one of the six animals that best fits that particular “amazing feat of aging.” A computer screen checks your answer and displays more detailed information. Learn which animal has the longest life span, which one shows no signs of physical decline as it ages, which animal’s life span has been extended five times longer by genetic engineering, and more! (6-adult)
What's Your Real Age? What's Your Real Age? Amazing Feats of Aging 60 inches 98 inches 38 inches Called You Are Many Ages in trav exh version 021-03-0018 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Bones, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science
Amazing Feats of Aging Intro Panel Amazing Feats of Aging Intro Panel Amazing Feats of Aging 57 inches 99 inches 30 inches 021-03-0001 No N/A N/A Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A What Is Aging? Is aging a disease? Gradual or sudden? Universal or individual? A loss or a gain? Environmental or genetic? Irreversible or preventable? Explore these questions through colorful flip panels that address what aging is and what it is not.
Which Animals Live Longer Which Animals Live Longer Amazing Feats of Aging Called Longevity Parade in the trav exh version, but cabinet is shaped differently 021-03-0019 No N/A Aging, Animals, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Line up 9 animal cutouts (mouse, rabbit, bat, tiger, zebra, hippopotamus, elephant, human, and orca) in order by their size from smallest to largest. Then see if you can put them in the correct order from shortest to longest life span. Is there a correlation between size and life span for all the species represented? Discover which animals live longer, why larger animals generally live longer than smaller ones, and which smaller animals are exceptions to this rule. Colorful graphics and text analyze the different groupings and explain the discrepancies between them. (3-adult)
Amazing Lifelong Learning Amazing Lifelong Learning Amazing Feats of Aging 84 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0005 No N/A N/A Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A How many everyday items from the past 100 years can you identify in this fascinating and colorful collage? The items displayed are from different decades and arranged chronologically. Consider how far back in time you can go and how many items you can name compared to your parent or child. Did you know we have three times more vocabulary at age 45 than at age 20? Or that the brain has four times the information at age 60 than it does at age 20? You accumulate knowledge as you grow older--older people draw on more life experience and knowledge than younger people. (6-adult)
Damage Control Damage Control Amazing Feats of Aging 84 inches 102 inches 60 inches Called Free Radicals in trav exh manual 021-03-0020 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science Learn about one of the major causes of aging—free-radical damage inside cells. An animated sequence from PBS’s Stealing Time video introduces this aging process. Then, play a simulated air hockey-type game where “free radical” balls travel along a track that represents a pathway inside a cell’s mitochondria. The balls pop off randomly into holes labeled “cell damage” or “cell repair.” Your goal is to minimize free-radical damage by using “anti-oxidant” air hoses to direct the “free radicals” to designated “repair holes” and away from the “damage holes.” (8-adult)
The Ever-Changing Brain The Ever-Changing Brain Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches 021-03-0015 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science Called the Healthy Aging Brain in the trav exhibit version
Animal Families/Animal Elders Animal Familes/Animal Elders (Flip Panels Unit) Amazing Feats of Aging 164 inches 102 inches 34 inches 021-03-0006 No N/A N/A Aging, Animals, Health, Life Science, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Can you guess which animals live near or know their elders? Select from a variety of familiar animals (elephant, orca, chimpanzee, polar bear, penguin, bat, turtle, and human) and learn about inter-generational relationships in the animal kingdom. Discover which animals have grandparent/grandchild interaction and how rare this is in nature. Consider what is needed to create this bond with elders, such as longevity and a social structure. (3-adult) Unit can stand alone w/ slight modification or be added to the Puppet Theater.
Response Time Response Time Amazing Feats of Aging 54 inches 102 inches 30 inches Called Think Fast in the trav exhibit version 021-03-0008 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science Test your response time at this computer game devised to measure age-related changes and then compare your results to those of different demographic groups. You’ll see a set of numbers and symbols at the top of the computer screen and a single number-symbol combination “code” in the middle of the screen. Your task is to press one key if the number-symbol “code” matches one in the set or press a different key if it does not. Discover that your brain experiences normal changes as you grow older and that there are tradeoffs between brain gains and brain losses as you age. (6-adult)
Stream Table Stream Table Animal Secrets 92 inches 85 inches 112 inches 026-06-0010 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A A stream table and its surrounding environment immerse visitors in the dry streambed. Examine a detailed, colorful mural for clues about animal homes and behaviors, and then incorporate your findings into dramatic play and building activities. Create your own stories about the animals that live in and along a stream in a multi-sensory, open-ended activity. Dramatize interactions between toy animals including deer, eagles, raccoons, ducks, foxes, and bears and take care of their ecological needs, such as finding food and nurturing young ones. Find caves and nests for the animals to live in, or build homes using trees and logs Bilingual
Make a Butterfly Make a Butterfly Animal Secrets 40 inches 52 inches 30 inches 026-26-0007 No N/A N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A After examining real butterfly specimens, create your own butterfly wing pattern using multicolored mosaic tiles. Bilingual
Make a Collection Make a Collection Animal Secrets 31 inches 49 inches 29 inches 026-26-0008 No N/A N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Inspect and sort a variety of natural artifacts, including rocks and shells, in order to curate and display an impressive museum collection. Add local specimens, such as driftwood, bones, fossils, teeth, pinecones, leaves, and flowers.
Costume Log Costume Log Animal Secrets 48 inches 61 inches 38 inches 026-06-0016 No N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Pretend to be a chipmunk and don an animal vest hanging from one side of this decorative costume log, then see how you look in the mirror on the other side. Bilingual
Raccoon Log (with mural) Raccoon Log (with mural) Animal Secrets 105 inches 71 inches 34 inches 026-06-0009 No N/A N/A Animals, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A A background mural depicts a raccoon family playing on a stream bank. Act out imaginative stories with raccoon puppets inside and around the hollow log. Watch out for the hungry red fox puppet! Bilingual
Whose Bones? Whose Bones? Animal Secrets 46 inches 40 inches 24 inches 026-06-0011 No N/A N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Look for clues to an animal whodunit. Use a magnifier and field guide to determine whose bones and tracks they are and then construct an imaginative story about how the bones ended up there. Bilingual
Whose Tracks? Whose Tracks? Animal Secrets 72 inches 55 inches 22 inches 026-06-0017 No N/A N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children Match animal tracks to the animal that made them using paw-like puzzle pieces. Bilingual
Naturalist Work Station Naturalist Work Station Animal Secrets 75 inches 67 inches 75 inches 026-06-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Animals, Botany, Bugs, Geology, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Experiment with a balance scale to discover how it works. Weigh and compare specimens, such as shells and rocks. Experiment with a magnifier and light table to discover how they work. Magnify and illuminate specimens, such as insects and spiders preserved in resin. Experiment with a ruler to discover how it works. Measure and compare specimens, such as fur and wood. Bilingual
Discovery Tree Discovery Tree Animal Secrets 82 inches 94 inches 48 inches 026-06-0004 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Examine the trunk of a large oak tree, including a cross-section of its interior and the tree’s exposed roots – all of which reveal hidden worlds. Consider how a variety of animals, including birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects, might forage for food and build their homes in the tree. In the Tree Roots Lift a patch of leaf litter to reveal a salamander, beetles, pill bugs, and centipedes. Lift a patch of soil and find a toad’s den. On the Ground Peek into a cozy rabbit’s nest where baby rabbits are sleeping. In the Tree Trunk Open a bark door to expose the intricate pattern a bark beetle has eaten into the tree. Another window reveals a nest of woodpecker chicks. On the Tree Trunk Watch a parent woodpecker search for insects and spot a squirrel climbing higher up on the tree trunk. Chipmunk Den Don a chipmunk vest and pretend to be a chipmunk. Look through a window to spy a chipmunk family in their den. Gather acorns to prepare for the winter, store them in cubbies, and then cuddle up in your soft, comfy den. Bilingual
Discovery Tree Puzzle Discovery Tree Puzzle Animal Secrets 23 inches 18 inches 44 inches 026-06-0005 No N/A N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Puzzles, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Assemble a large puzzle based on the Discovery Tree. The top layer of the puzzle shows the exterior of the tree. Remove the pieces to reveal details about the animals that live in the branches, trunk, and roots—just as in the Discovery Tree. Bilingual
The Meadow The Meadow Animal Secrets 288 inches 85 inches 288 inches 026-06-0012 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A Natural sounds and beautifully illustrated murals, including images of wildflowers, blue heron, butterflies, and a rabbit, transport you to a grassy meadow. Follow the Tracks--Follow four winding sets of animal tracks through the meadow to discover which animal made them. Use a measuring tape to compare your size with that of a life-size bear and raccoon. Meadow Sounds--Listen for specific animal sounds and try to locate the animals that made them. Models of a frog, goldfinch, and mallard duck are hidden in appropriate habitats in different parts of the meadow. Use your listening skills and match each animal to its respective croak, song, or quack. Bilingual
Animal Skulls Animal Skulls Animal Secrets 60 inches 49 inches 23 inches 026-06-0014 No N/A N/A Animals, Health, Life Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Examine, compare and contrast the characteristics of five different animal skulls, including a chipmunk, bald eagle, raccoon, black bear, and white-tailed deer. Flip panels below each skull encourage you to use your own observations and the provided clues to determine which skull belongs to which animal.
The Naturalist's Tent The Naturalist's Tent Animal Secrets 149 inches 99 inches 111 inches 026-06-0013 No Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children Use the tent as an immersive environment to display natural science exhibits. Role-play working as a naturalist in a canvas tent outfitted with real field equipment and environmental elements.
Eagle's Nest (with mural) Eagle's Nest (with mural) Animal Secrets 108 inches 81 inches 40 inches 026-06-0006 No N/A N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Explore the secret world of an eagle’s nest and then mimic eagle behavior, including building a nest, finding food, and caring for eaglets. A background mural provides clues about the natural behaviors of eagles, shows a real eagle’s nest, and depicts an adult eagle feeding fish to its young.
Build An Ant Build An Ant Animal Secrets 70 inches 28 inches 30 inches 026-06-0015 No N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Work together to assemble a three-dimensional, larger-than-life ant.
Naturalists' Desk Naturalists' Desk Animal Secrets 72 inches 58 inches 34 inches 026-06-0018 No N/A N/A Animals, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Interpretive staff can use the Naturalists' Desk to facilitate educational demonstrations, engage visitors in fun activities, and exhibit live creatures and plants. Host sites may also display and distribute brochures from local nature centers to encourage visitors to further explore the natural world.
Butterfly Specimens Butterfly Specimens Animal Secrets 40 inches 60 inches 23 inches 026-06-0001 Yes Floor 110 VAC Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Use a magnifier to examine a stunning collection of real butterflies which illustrate the infinite variety of wing patterns. Look through a Wentzscope to discover the intricacies of a butterfly wing.
Set The Mood Set The Mood Animation 84 inches 76 inches 42 inches 024-05-0015 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Music and Sound Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science N/A Explore how music can affect the psychological impact of a film. Watch a short animated clip with background music. Then, select from different soundtrack options designed to create a distinct mood (suspenseful, sad, happy, romantic) and view the scene again. Note how the mood of the scene differs based on the particular soundtrack. (5-adult)
Cartoon Muesum/Screening Room Cartoon Muesum/Screening Room Animation Can be configured in multiple ways; two exhibits--Cartoon Museum & Screening Room share one wall 024-05-0005 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Explore animation’s history and see the many different tools used to create animation in this colorful museum featuring art and artifacts from popular cartoons like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear and much more! You can examine cels, drawings, storyboards, Marquette's, and backgrounds, as well as vintage toys and games that were used to market the shows. You’ll get an idea of just how much time and work has gone into these familiar animations! (8-adult)
Cel Animation Cel Animation Animation 71 inches 123 inches 43 inches 024-05-0006 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Cel animation was developed to save time--by stacking cels, new scenes can be created and objects can be added to a cartoon in layers. Select from a variety of background, character, and effect cels and stack them in your preferred order. As you review your scene on a monitor, you’ll see how the cels combine to make a full color scene. (5-adult)
Foley Room Foley Room Animation 147 inches 127 inches 170 inches 024-05-0010 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Music and Sound, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A The sounds heard in animation are not always what they appear to be. In the Foley “booth”, you can become the sound technician and add audio effects to an animation clip. You’ll practice precise timing and sequencing skills as you try to synchronize your sounds with the action on screen. When you’re finished, play back the clip with the sounds you just recorded and see how you did. (6-adult)
Visual Effects Visual Effects Animation 181 inches 115 inches 125 inches 024-05-0022 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A In this full-body interactive, experiment with the same type of special effects Hollywood uses in movies and television. You can jump or pose, while several digital cameras around a circular screen area take your picture simultaneously. The still images are then played back in rapid succession on a large monitor above, creating an animation in which you are viewed from several angles. (5-adult)
Character Construction Character Construction Animation Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 024-05-0007 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Music, Art and Science, Young Children N/A Explore the basics of sketching animated figures. Did you know that all animated characters are made up of geometric shapes because that’s the easiest way to draw them? View a step-by-step video of a Cartoon Network animator drawing characters from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Then, give it a try yourself using the paper and colored pencils provided. Younger children can create simple figures by tracing stencils of several different Foster’s characters. (3-adult)
Lip Sync Lip Sync Animation 77 inches 66 inches 36 inches 0624-05-0012 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Music and Sound, Physics and Motion Energy and Sustainability, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A To generate realistic speech, an animator must study how people's mouths move during speech sounds. Listen to a simple phrase being spoken and see if you can match the correct mouth shapes to the right sounds in the phrase, snapping a picture of each mouth shape selected. You can use a phonetics chart and mirror to help you determine which mouth shape matches each sound in the phrase. Play back your animated sequence with the dialogue and watch the character “saying” the words. (10-adult)
Squash and Stretch Squash and Stretch Animation 77 inches 79 inches 48 inches 024-05-0016 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Animators need to understand principles of physics to create a believable animation-an object elongates along its axis of acceleration (stretch) and contracts when it meets resistance (squash). In this computer activity, create a realistic animation of a bouncing ball by clicking and dragging cartoon pictures of a ball into the correct bounce sequence based on their shapes. A nearby video plays a clip of a bouncing ball from Dexter’s Laboratory, so you can see the principle in action. (6-adult)
Classic Hanna-Barbera Video Kiosks Classic Hanna-Barbera Video Kiosks Animation 35 inches 74 inches 43 inches There are two units, each one has 6 different cartoon videos 024-05-0008 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Young Children N/A Discover the behind-the-scenes techniques of animation in two Video Kiosks featuring classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons spanning over three decades. At each Video Kiosk, you can choose from a selection of six videos and watch each cartoon clip along with an introduction that presents facts about the history and techniques behind the animation. Cartoons include: Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Quick Draw McGraw, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Fantastic Four, Wacky Races, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Scooby Doo, and Challenge of the Super Friends. (8-adult)
Stop-Motion Animation Stop-Motion Animation Animation 50 inches 57 inches 39 inches 024-05-0017 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Geometric shapes can be combined to create objects or patterns that can be given the appearance of movement through stop-motion technology. At any of these three identical stations, you can create your own stop-motion animation. Manipulate the various geometric objects a little bit at a time and snap a quick picture of each move you make. When you’re done, play back your animated sequence. (5-adult)
Storyboard Storyboard Animation 123 inches 125 inches 37 inches 024-05-0018 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Stories progress in a certain sequence, which ideally should be mapped out very early in the process. Select from a series of 10 picture cards and arrange 8 of them in your preferred order to create a storyboard. Then, press a button and watch an animated sketched version of your storyboard come to life on a monitor. (7-adult)
Computer Animation Computer Animation Animation 48 inches 68 inches 35 inches 024-05-0009 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Find out how computers have become one of the most important tools in animation, freeing the animator from drawing the same thing repeatedly. Select an object and a background on a computer screen and manipulate the character a bit at a time, creating several “key” frames. The computer will take the “key” frames you developed and fill in the “in-between” frames, producing a simple motion sequence that animates your object. (7-adult)
Planning The Action Planning The Action Animation 148 inches 102 inches 124 inches 024-05-0013 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Illusions of movement (even types of movement that are impossible in real life) can be created using still images mapped out on a grid. In this fun, full-body interactive, you can animate yourself! Walk onto a large floor grid, where a camera is positioned to take 14 pictures. You are prompted by an electronic countdown to strike a pose or jump on the first square of your plan of action, where the camera will snap a picture. Move on to your next square and pose, while again an image is recorded, etc. When you’re done, you can watch your animation on a large monitor and see yourself magically move around the room. If you jump as each picture is taken, you can even appear to float! (5-adult)
Talking Pictures Talking Pictures Animation 82 inches 73 inches 66 inches 024-05-0019 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Music and Sound Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science N/A Add your own voice to a silent animation! Choose from three animated clips, and then follow the words onscreen, adding your own voice to match the characters’ action and mouth movements. After recording, you can play back the sequence--now with your voice speaking through the animated characters. (7-adult)
The Early Days Of Animation The Early Days Of Animation Animation 40 inches 51 inches 24 inches 024-05-0020 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Check out an updated version of another early animation machine found in the penny arcades of the late-nineteenth century, the mutoscope. While cranking a handle, watch a spool of images flip around, like a Rolodex, creating an animated sequence. (5-adult)
Animated Animals Animated Animals Animation 146 inches 125 inches 80 inches 024-05-0003 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animals, Animation, Art and Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music and Sound, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Realistic animation must include lifelike character movement. Manipulate a two-dimensional horse and see if you can create an animation that realistically portrays a horse’s natural gait. Guided by a backlit template, pose the horse at each key stage of movement and snap a quick picture of each new position. Play back your sequence and see how you did! (8-adult)
A Moving Background A Moving Background Animation 75 inches 125 inches 58 inches 024-05-0002 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Panning backgrounds can fool the eye, making it appear that not only is the character moving, but sometimes even moving a long distance. Slide a moving background cell along a track, under a character cell, snapping frames as you go. As you view your finished animation, you’ll see it’s the stationary characters that appear to be moving. (6-adult)
Animation In Science Animation In Science Animation 57 inches 77 inches 44 inches 024-05-0004 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 20amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science Animation is much more than cartoons; it is also a vital tool in many fields of science. At this computer station, you can explore the different applications of animation technology in fields such as genetics, space, paleontology, medicine, and archaeology. (9-adult)
Scaling Up And Down Scaling Up And Down Animation 58 inches 39 inches 42 inches 024-05-0014 No N/A N/A Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A Animators use ratios and mathematical tools, such as the pantograph, to reduce or enlarge a character while keeping the correct proportions. Trace one of three templates using a pantograph. At the same time you are tracing the object, the pantograph will be drawing a smaller version on a giant Magnadoodle. Switch out the template and try all three! (7-adult) Exhibit has been retrofitted, need a new photo; exhibit description has been changed and is correct
Time-Lapse Animation Time-Lapse Animation Animation 181 inches 115 inches 125 inches 024-05-0021 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Animation, Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion Time-lapse technology allows us to view an action that occurred over a long period of time in a matter of seconds. Explore this technology as you watch several different time-lapse videos, including flowers blooming, cookies baking, the sun setting, clouds forming, and insects hatching. You can speed up, slow down, or even stop the time-lapse action by spinning a control wheel forward or backward at any speed you choose. (4-adult)
Joints Joints Bone Up On Bones 48 inches 60 inches 24 inches 023-05-0007 No N/A N/A Health and Life Science N/A Joints and Mechanical Models: Visitors manipulate both anatomical models of joints and mechanical analogs to those joints providing understanding of how joints are constructed.
Calcium Bank Calcium Bank Bone Up On Bones 48 inches 60 inches 36 inches 023-05-0005 Yes Floor 110 VAC Bones, Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Women's Health Health and Life Science N/A Calcium and Bones: This visually appealing fiber-optic osteoporosis interactive explains calcium intake and how it relates to bone building and resorption rates over a lifetime.
Sticks and Stones Sticks and Stones Bone Up On Bones 41 inches 65 inches 12 inches 023-05-0009 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Aging, Bones, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A Breaking Bones: This light box with interactive X-ray films shows bone breaks and fractures and the human body's natural healing process.
Big Bone Big Bone Bone Up On Bones 48 inches 96 inches 24 inches No N/A Young Children N/A
Losing Bones Losing Bones Bone Up On Bones 48 inches 60 inches 12 inches 023-05-0008 No N/A N/A Aging, Bones, Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Women's Health Health and Life Science N/A Am I Losing My Bones? This three-sided graphics panel covers the topics of Bone Density Testing, The Mechanics of Osteoporosis, Diagnosis and Treatment and Prevention Methods.
Bone Puzzle Bone Puzzle Bone Up On Bones 36 inches 26 inches 84 inches 023-05-0002 No N/A Bones, Health, Life Science, Puzzles, Young Children Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Put Your Body Together! A full-sized human puzzle depicting musculature and the skeleton.
Bone Tower Bone Tower Bone Up On Bones 18 inches 36 inches 36 inches 023-05-0001 No N/A N/A Bones, Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Puzzles, Women's Health, Young Children Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A How much calcium can you loose? This engaging interactive encourages younger visitors to fill the open cavity of a bone with dowels. The dowels are removed one at time. The goal is to remove as many dowels as possible without collapsing the bone. The game illustrates the loss of bone density caused by calcium loss.
Bone Trivia Bone Trivia Bone Up On Bones Size; Approx. 100 sq. ft. 023-05-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC Bones, Health, Life Science, Women's Health Health and Life Science N/A Test Your Bone IQ. A display of a human skeleton stands in the center of a 6 to 8 foot diameter area. There are three computer stations around the skeleton containing information on bone disease, bone building and resorption, living with osteoporosis, skeletal trivia, and a personal risk assessment test with printable results.
Hip Replacement Hip Replacement Bone Up On Bones 48 inches 60 inches 24 inches 023-05-0006 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Bones, Health, Innovation and Technology, Life Science Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Health and Life Science N/A Hip Replacement: This exhibit provides visitors with an understanding of hip replacement surgery. The LCD display presents an actual replacement surgery. The artifact case contains femurs that have undergone replacement surgery.
Bones in Motion Bones in Motion Bone Up On Bones 023-05-0004 Yes Floor 110 VAC Bones, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A Them Not So Dry Bones: Three interactive videos, displayed on an LCD monitor show muscle, moving bones, attachment points, and coordination; "Them (not so) Dry Bones" a video by School House Rock; and "Bone Building." Bad photo
Transmit Messages Transmit Messages Brain Matters 38 inches 54 inches 34 inches 016-94-0007 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Drugs and Alcohol, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science How are messages sent to and from the brain? What can go wrong? Visitors can view a fiber optic display and learn how information is transmitted in the brain through neurons and neurotransmitters. Pressing a button shows the difference between the effects of alcohol (a depressant) and cocaine (a stimulant ) on the brain.
Left Brain, Right Brain Left Brain, Right Brain Brain Matters 46 inches 40 inches 28 inches 016-94-0002 No N/A N/A Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science What is the Brain? Which side of the brain controls which side of the body? Visitors can observe parts of the brain such as the cortex, corpus callosum, thalamus, cerebellum and brain stem up-close using magnifying glasses. Brain models are available.
Forwards and Backwards Forwards and Backwards Brain Matters 46 inches 50 inches 30 inches Double sided activity - Goes with Mixed Messages 016-94-0005 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science How do context and previous experience make some tasks difficult or easy? This exhibit challenges visitors to first trace a design while looking directly at it, and then trace it a second time using the reflection in a mirror as a guide. Both activities require the brain to process information and make adjustments to complete each task successfully
Brain Damage Brain Damage Brain Matters 38 inches 54 inches 34 inches 016-94-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science What does the brain do? What would happen if a section of your brain were turned off? Visitors learn about some of the functions associated with specific parts of the brain and what happens when these sections are damaged. When a visitor turns off a particular switch on the Brain Map, that section of the brain goes dark on the screen, and a text box identifies which functions have been lost and no longer work.
Developing Brain Developing Brain Brain Matters 46 inches 41 inches 31 inches 016-94-0007 No N/A Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science How does the brain develop before birth? What happens to the brain throughout life? A colorful graphic panel illustrates brain development. Visitors can flip panels to learn about the structure and function of brain development at each of the eight represented life stages.
Brain Slices Brain Slices Brain Matters 45 inches 45 inches 30 inches 016-94-0001 No N/A Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science What does a brain look like? Which side of the brain controls which side of the body? Visitors can observe parts of the brain such as the cortex, corpus callosum, thalamus, cerebellum and brain stem up-close using magnifying glasses. Brain models are available.
Mixed Messages Mixed Messages Brain Matters 46 inches 30 inches 30 inches Double sided activity - Goes with Forwards & Backwards 016-94-0006 Yes Floor 110 VAC Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science How do context and previous experience make some tasks difficult or easy? How does your brain respond to conflicting messages? Mixed Messages, asks the visitor to read aloud two lists of words. The first list is made up of names of colors where the color of the word is the same as the name of the color. The second list includes names of colors as well, but this time the color of each word does not match its color name.
Imaging the Brain Imaging the Brain Brain Matters 46 inches 56 inches 30 inches MRI scans 016-94-0004 Yes Floor 110 VAC Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science Health and Life Science What can go wrong with the brain? What do healthy and unhealthy brains look like? What do MRI’s show us about the brain? Visitors can view images from MRI scans on a light screen similar to those found in a doctor’s office, and compare images of healthy brains to images of unhealthy brains.
Thrown Off Center Thrown Off Center Brain Matters 46 inches 71 inches 46 inches 016-94-0008 No N/A N/A Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science, Vision Health and Life Science How long does it take the brain to adjust to new ways of perceiving? Visitors toss bean bags at a target while looking through special prism glasses that distort what they see. They then try again without the glasses and realize they need to make adjustments and re-learn low to hit the target.
Brain Teasers Brain Teasers Brain Teasers 500 Square foot exhibition consisting of 5 tables, each table holding 4 puzzles. There are 40 puzzles to chose from. 003-89-0001 No N/A N/A Math, Puzzles, Table Tops Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Brain Teasers is a collection of over 40 puzzles and mind benders to challenge even the most experienced problem solver! Appropriate for all ages, the exhibit presents a wide array of challenges - from mathematical conundrums to mind-boggling block puzzles- for individuals of all ages. To solve these puzzles, visitors must use creating thinking and problem-solving strategies such as looking for patterns, thinking ahead, setting aside preconceived idea and looking at problems from different perspectives. Hints are provided for exhibit monitors to share with problem solvers. Each table contains four puzzles, and all ten tables can occupy 1200 square feet. These are also great ice-breakers for after hour events.
Arthropods "R" Us Arthropods "R" Us Bug's Eye View 46 inches 72 inches 24 inches 011-91-0001 Yes Ceiling N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A What is an insect? Study a display of specimens from each major class: arachnids (spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks), crustaceans, millipedes, centipedes, and insects. Use a simple dichotomous key to trace the relationships and identify the characteristics of each group.
Assemble An Ant Assemble An Ant Bug's Eye View 120 inches 96 inches 011-91-0002 No N/A N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Build a Ant: Play with a series of wooden shapes labeled with numbers which fit together to make a giant ant. Parts of the insect are identified on the puzzle pieces.
True Colors True Colors Bug's Eye View 48 inches 48 inches 36 inches 011-91-0015 Yes Floor N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Light and Color, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A Beautiful colors! Study the iridescent colors of beautiful butterflies and beetles from around the world. Use a polarizing filter to discover differences between structural and pigment colors.
Spark In The Dark Spark In The Dark Bug's Eye View 38 inches 72 inches 72 inches 011-91-0012 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A Flashing signals. Look out a window to see firefly signals in the dark. Watch carefully to find all the different patterns. Find out why fireflies flash and why each species has a different signal pattern.
Bees Knees Bees Knees Bug's Eye View 43 inches 70 inches 36 inches 011-91-0003 No Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science Match the Body Parts! Find a match between giant honey bee body parts (such as stinger, antennae, antenna cleaner, wing, etc.) and dramatic electron micrographs. Use this information to identify each part's location and function.
Billion-Billion Bugs Billion-Billion Bugs Bug's Eye View 48 inches 60 inches 24 inches 011-91-0004 Yes Floor 110 VAC Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A How do insects measure up in importance to other animals? Compare the species diversity (number of different kinds) and biomass (total dry weight) of insects to other groups of animals. Which ones have the biggest impact?
Good Bad And Ugly Good Bad And Ugly Bug's Eye View 32 inches 46 inches 72 inches 011-91-0014 Yes Ceiling N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A How do insects affect people? Put aside your phobias and examine dangerous or dangerous-looking insects from around the world. Choose the deadliest specimen and rank the others according to danger.
Pollination Station Pollination Station Bug's Eye View 36 inches 48 inches 36 inches 011-91-0010 Yes Floor 110 VAC Animals, Botany, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Who pollinates what? Visit a garden of colorful flowers each of which is pollinated by a different insect. Select an insect and match it to the flower it pollinates. Learn how flowers attract insects with color, structure, fragrance and markings.
Brain Puzzle Brain Puzzle Bug's Eye View 19 inches 15 inches 19 inches Puzzle only. With table, dims are: 42.5Wx24.5Dx18.5H 016-94-0009 No N/A Aging, Brain and Nervous System, Health, Life Science, Puzzles, Table Tops, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Where is the brain located in your head? How is it connected? A colorful, three-tiered wooden puzzle intended for children to take apart and put back together again, shows the different layers of the brain. The brain pieces show connections to the eyes, nose, and ears.
Metamorphotrope Metamorphotrope Bug's Eye View 48 inches 72 inches 54 inches 011-91-0009 No N/A N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Life Cycle Zoetropes: Spin a pair of zoetropes to see an animated image of a butterfly's and a dragonfly's lifecycles. One zoetrope depicts complete metamorphosis, the other shows incomplete metamorphosis
Wing Mosaic Wing Mosaic Bug's Eye View 011-91-0013 No N/A N/A Animals, Art and Science, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Arrange scales of a giant butterfly wing to create patterns! Scales are on blocks which rotate to show different colors on each side. Observe amazing examples from real butterflies. Look through a viewer to see your wing pattern reduced to butterfly size.
Bugs Eye View Bugs Eye View Bug's Eye View 36 inches 96 inches 60 inches 011-91-0005 No N/A N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Vision, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A What do insects actually see? Step into an insects head and look through its multi-lens let eyes. Compare an insect's eye to your own eye.
Build a Bug Build a Bug Bug's Eye View 42 inches 30 inches 42 inches 011-91-0006 No N/A N/A Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Young Children N/A Build a bug! Work with an assortment of different legs, body parts, antennae and wings to make insects, spiders and centipedes. Pieces are large, interchangeable and brightly color-coded for each kind of anthropod.
Invisible Insects Invisible Insects Bug's Eye View 46 inches 41 inches 26 inches 011-91-0007 Yes Floor 110 VAC Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A Where are they? Find the insect! Challenge yourself to find hidden insects in a natural setting. See exotic insects with unusual coloration disappear!
It's A Fleas Life It's A Fleas Life Bug's Eye View 36 inches 45 inches 36 inches 011-91-0008 No N/A N/A Animals, Bugs, Health, Life Science, Natural Science, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Who lives in hair? Identify flea adaptations for hanging on, hiding out, and feeding. Now that we know why they are so successful, how do we get rid of them?
Scent Maze Scent Maze Bug's Eye View 36 inches 72 inches 52 inches 011-91-0011 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Animals, Bugs, Life Science, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science N/A What's that smell? Use your nose to trace an ant's pheromone trail through a maze of possible paths. If you are successful, the scent path will lead you to the ant's food source.
Climbing Structure Climbing Structure Busy Town 96 inches 106 inches 96 inches 015-94-0003 No N/A N/A Engineering, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Children explore the physics of movement and cause and effect. They begin by turning gears to set the hands of the time clock. They climb through four levels and fit various shaped blocks through corresponding holes or send balls along switchbacks. They transport objects in buckets to all four levels of the structure using a hand-operated pulley, or move materials onto another hand-operated conveyor belt. BIlingual
Gantry Crane Gantry Crane Busy Town 96 inches 96 inches 015-94-0004 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Children have the opportunity to discover mechanical physics at work. They turn the wheels of the gantry crane and maneuver the block cargo from the waiting freighter ship to the flatbed railroad car and then back again.
Air Sorter Air Sorter Busy Town 64 inches 76 inches 64 inches 015-94-0001 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Physics and Motion, Puzzles, Young Children Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Whiz! Whirl! Zoom! Pop! WOW! Children experience characteristics of air and discover that air can be directed. They first insert balls into different openings of the Air Power Sorter, then insert an air hose and watch the balls shoot through and finally pop out of the maze of hoses. The exhibit encourages problem solving, predicting, and cooperation to make the balls come out when you expect. Several design configurations and options are available to best meet your needs.
Grocery Store Grocery Store Busy Town 234 inches 90 inches 216 inches 015-94-0005 No N/A N/A Health, Innovation and Technology, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Children learn basic math concepts. They weigh, sort, match, compare, count and sell “fruit” and “vegetables” of various shapes, colors, weights, and sizes using a scale, calculator, or abacus. “Groceries” can be loaded into shopping baskets and wheel carts or onto a hand-operated conveyor belt. Bilingual
Telephone Booths Telephone Booths Busy Town 40 inches 57 inches 40 inches 015-94-0006 No N/A N/A Innovation and Technology, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Young Children N/A Funnel phones are hooked up to the “phone line” to allow young visitors to speak to each other over a distance, teaching them how sound goes from place to place. Bilingual
Air Toss Air Toss Busy Town 42 inches 108 inches 120 inches 015-94-0002 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Engineering, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Visitors discover the characteristics of air and how it affects objects (aerodynamics) as they experiment in this air-powered activity. Visitors insert balls into one of two vertical air chutes and delight as the balls shoot out into a catch basket. Fans provide the air source.
Assemble A Dinosaur Assemble A Dinosaur Dino Stories 005-90-0001 No N/A N/A Animals, Bones, Dinosaurs, Life Science, Natural Science, Puzzles, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Bury the large wood skeleton puzzles, dig them up and put them together. T-Rex and stegosaurus are available.
Electric Shake Table Electric Shake Table Engineer It! 60 inches 54 inches 36 inches Choose 1 of 3 options for props: cross bracing, wooden building "logs", or building blocks. 018-99-0004 Yes Floor 110 VAC Engineering, Geology, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Engineer structures and test them on a shake table! Design, engineer and test a variety of structures on an electric powered shake table. Try structures built from wooden logs, or building blocks and designed with and without cross-bracing. Manipulatives are included. The surrounding structure, panel and graphics can be custom designed. Manual Shake Table is also available. Need to update desc to add 3 options for structures
Energy Bike Energy Bike Engineer It! 41 inches 610 inches 77 inches 000-01-0002 Yes Floor 110 VAC Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology Can you generate enough energy to power a light bulb? To power a computer or television? The Energy Bike was created in cooperation with PSI Integration to demonstrate to visitors the amount of energy necessary to operate common electrically powered items found in a typical home. The bike's graphics can alternatively demonstrate the amount of energy needed for recycling. The bike provides a range of function that allows children to participate without being overwhelmed and challenges the most athletic person. Visitors leave with a greater understanding of energy usage and the need to conserve.
Cantilever Bridge Cantilever Bridge Engineer It! 68 inches 90 inches 48 inches This exhibit can be redesigned to be a table top unit. 018-99-0011 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles, Table Tops, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Can you stack symmetrical blocks in an even, vertical column so that the top block is centered in the middle in cantilevered fashion? Discover how the center of gravity determines the amount of overhang that can be achieved by stacking blocks in cantilevered fashion so that they extend horizontally from the base block without tipping over. Not on the website!!
Cargo Crane Cargo Crane Engineer It! 186 inches 132 inches 136 inches Accessories are available for purchase including a conveyor belt, boat, cart, etc. 018-99-0003 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Turn the wheels of an 11-foot tall jib crane to maneuver block cargo onto a conveyer belt and discover how cranes are used in construction to load and unload cargo.
Walk-in Wind Tunnel Walk-in Wind Tunnel Engineer It! 114 inches 169 inches 169 inches Exhibit requires: (3) Separate 110 VAC 20, Circuit A: 8amps, Circuit B: 8amps, Circuit C: 10 amps 018-99-0014 Yes Ceiling See Details Air, Engineering, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight N/A This activity provides a full body experience with lift and drag, two important forces related to flight. Visitors put on foam plastic wings and experiment with angle of attack as a variable in determining the effectiveness of a wing to produce lift and reduce drag. Exhibit cannot get smaller due to ADA standards.
Belts and Pulleys Belts and Pulleys Engineer It! 68 inches 90 inches 48 inches Can be redesigned into a table top unit. 018-99-0002 No N/A N/A Engineering, Physics and Motion, Young Children Health and Life Science, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Can you construct a pulley system to do work? Create a working system using pulleys and belts of different sizes in different configurations. Learn how turning a pulley on one side of the table in a specified direction can turn another pulley on the other side of the table.
Paper Airplanes Paper Airplanes Engineer It! 68 inches 84 inches 84 inches The Paper Airplane Wind Tunnel is purchased separately. 018-99-0008 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Engineering, Flight, Physics and Motion, Puzzles, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight, Young Children N/A Design Challenge: Can you make a stable paper airplane? Select from a computer menu of various types of plane designs and follow step-by-step folding instructions to create the paper airplane of your choice. Test your design for flight stability in a wind tunnel and learn the importance a wind tunnel plays in the engineering of airplanes.
Paper Bridge Paper Bridge Engineer It! 68 inches 91 inches 48 inches This exhibit can be redesigned as a table top unit. 018-99-0012 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles, Table Tops, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Can you make a bridge with pieces of paper that will support a specified weight? Fold, roll, or cut a piece of paper to create a bridge that will connect two wooden supports. Then test the strength of the paper bridge using a specified weight. Learn how simple geometric shapes increase a bridge's strength. This is a new description. Not on website
Magnetic Gears Magnetic Gears Engineer It! 68 inches 90 inches 48 inches This exhibit can be redesigned to be a table top unit. 018-99-0013 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Table Tops, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Can you arrange the gears so that a front gear and a back gear will turn in the same direction? Arrange gears of many different sizes to discover how turning a gear on one side of a table drives another gear on the other side of the table. Colorful gears may be rearranged on a magnetic table into countless configurations.
Quake Plateform Quake Plateform Engineer It! Platform is 27'W x 8'D x 8'H, Ramp is 18' x 3' and is ADA compliant 018-99-0010 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Energy and Sustainability, Geology, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Can you build a 6-foot tall structure that will withstand a simulated earthquake? Construct a building from giant foam blocks on a large earthquake platform and then test how well it survives a simulated earthquake and delayed aftershock. Add some cross-bracing and test it again. The shaking platform allows visitors to experience the earthquake's force as they observe their building.
Windmills Windmills Engineer It! 60 inches 78 inches 30 inches 018-99-0015 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math, Natural Science, Physics and Motion Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A What windmill design will generate the greatest rotational speed? Design and build a propeller for speed and power by choosing blade shape, number of blades, and angle of attack. Then measure its success by the electrical output produced by a signal generator.
Build A Boat Build A Boat Engineer It! 48 inches 84 inches 167 inches Platform, Ramp ADA compliant 018-99-0007 Yes Floor 110 VAC Engineering, Physics and Motion, Young Children Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A What boat design will be fastest and most stable? Experiment with custom boat hull designs by combining bows and sterns of different shapes. Build sailboats from a variety of sails, hulls and keels. Create paddleboats by varying the number of paddles. Then test and revise all of your boats in the water tank. Speedboat Table is equipped with two tethered pulleys and two digital readouts, which record the time it takes the boats to traverse the length of the tank. The Sailboat Table is equipped with a blower to give air power to the sails. Manipulative and filtration systems are included with all Tables.
Arch Bridge Arch Bridge Engineer It! 68 inches 90 inches 48 inches Exhibit can be redesigned to be a table top unit. 018-99-0001 Yes N/A Engineering, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion N/A Can you build an arch bridge that will stand on its own without mortar or glue? Discover how arches work in bridge designs by arranging blocks to form an arch bridge. Then test your bridge to see if it can support weight.
Calories In, Calories Out Calories In, Calories Out Everybody Eats 48 inches 72 inches 30 inches Graphic Panel Details 56"W 24"L 61"H 028-07-0003 Yes Floor or Ceiling 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children This interactive consists of a hand-turned cycle and buttons that allow a visitor to choose from a variety of snacks. The visitor chooses a snack by pressing a button and starts to pedal the cycle. A screen in front of them gives information about the number of calories the visitor has burned while pedaling and the number of minutes left to burn off the snack. Visitors may choose an alternate snack at any time during the activity by pushing a button. The display then changes to correspond to that snack. The exhibit provides a unique way to compare the amount of time it takes to burn off healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables, and unhealthy snacks, like candy bars. Visitors learn that food gives them energy in the form of calories and that some foods contain more calories than others. They also discover that they need to burn off extra calories if they eat more than they need to fuel their body. Bilingual
Sizing Up Servings Sizing Up Servings Everybody Eats 48 inches 60 inches 24 inches Graphic Panel Details H=61" W=56" D=24" 028-07-0011 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A In this challenging game, visitors attempt to guess the correct serving sizes for various foods by matching them to everyday objects. For example, a deck of cards equals one meat serving and two dice equals one cheese serving. Comparing serving sizes to everyday objects gives visitors a helpful reference tool to use when preparing and eating meals and snacks. Bilingual
Veggie Power Veggie Power Everybody Eats 48 inches 74 inches 24 inches Graphic Panel Details H=61" W=56" D=24" 028-07-0013 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children This interactive focusing on clinical research consists of a human body graphic that illuminates. A visitor turns a dial to choose increasing numbers of fruit and vegetable servings. As the number of servings increases, light-up messages reveal how larger quantities of fruits and vegetables prevent disease. Visitors learn that adding just one or two servings of vegetables and fruits to their diet in a day can have a positive effect on their health. They also learn how doctors and nutritionists use clinical research to create recommendations for what we should eat. This exhibit description has been revised slightly Bilingual
Liquid Calories Liquid Calories Everybody Eats 66 inches 77 inches 24 inches This is a two-sided graphic panel unit with Shaking the Salt Habit 028-07-0008 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children As the rate of soda consumption has increased, so have obesity rates in the US. Visitors can see a visual representation of this in the Liquid Calories exhibit through an interactive graph. As the visitor slides a line graph showing the increase in obesity, the graph will overlay an additional graph documenting the increase in soda consumption. Visitors will note the similarities in the lines on the graphs. Visitors can also see a graphic of soda cans representing the average amount of soda consumed by an American in six months. Questions on flip doors quiz visitors regarding their knowledge of soda consumption and soda’s main ingredient, high fructose corn syrup.
Fuel Your Body Fuel Your Body Everybody Eats 57 inches 77 inches 31 inches Graphic Panel Details W=56" D=24" H=61" 028-07-0006 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children This exhibit uses the analogy of racecars fueling up for a race to teach visitors about the importance of eating a healthy balanced breakfast. Two visitors can choose from a variety of breakfast foods by pushing buttons at individual stations to make their choices. They are prompted to choose a breakfast similar to the one they ate that morning. When the visitors have made their choices, they press a button to start the “race.” Two racecars move along a track above in response to the choices. If the visitors chose a healthy balanced breakfast that included protein and fiber, the car will make it to the finish line with a congratulatory message. If the breakfast was not balanced, the visitors will receive an onscreen message telling them how they can improve their breakfast next time. If they did not make it to the finish line, visitors are encouraged to try again, this time making choices that he or she thinks will create a healthy breakfast. Bilingual
Added Ingredients Added Ingredients Everybody Eats 60 inches 61 inches 18 inches 028-07-0001 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness Health and Life Science N/A While many people check the ingredients before buying a food, they may have trouble visualizing the ingredients. In this interactive experience, visitors will see photos of common foods in their packages. By “opening” the “package,” they can view some of the actual ingredients in the food: vials of sugar, tubes of fat, and cylinders of sodium. They can compare these amounts to the recommended daily amounts of these ingredients in an acrylic box nearby. Visitors may be shocked to find that some of the foods contain more than half of the recommended daily amounts of added ingredients, such as sugar, in a single serving. They will also learn about some of the health problems associated with consuming large amounts of these added ingredients. Key messages: Common foods that we eat contain large amounts of sugar, fat, and sodium. It is important to read nutrition labels to understand what is in your food.
Advertising Detectives Advertising Detectives Everybody Eats 39 inches 73 inches 23 inches 028-07-0002 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Visitors learn about the tricks that advertisers use to try to manipulate them into buying their products. Print ads for food appear on a computer screen and after a button is pushed, “thought bubbles” containing food- or disease-related facts pop up in front of the ad. Visitors learn to look at food ads critically and to avoid being manipulated by the fun messages being portrayed.
Supermarket Nutrition Supermarket Nutrition Everybody Eats 62 inches 66 inches 30 inches 028-07-0012 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Enjoy a new spin on the mini grocery store! Visitors can scan the groceries they would need to make a healthy, balanced dinner for their family. Once they’ve finished scanning the food items they’ve chosen, visitors can total their purchase. Instead of giving them a price, the computer offers visitors feedback about their food choices and information about how to create a balanced meal. Families learn what their best food choices will be when they visit a real grocery store. Bilingual
Dinner Theater Dinner Theater Everybody Eats 60 inches 24 inches 35 inches Graphic Panel 56”Wx24”Dx61"H 028-07-0004 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Children are just beginning to learn about nutrition and how different foods affect their bodies in different ways. The Dinner Theater encourages families to explore food and its effects on the human body through creative, open-ended play. Visitors use colorful foods to perform their own plays about the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Placemats at the dinner table give visual clues about how healthy foods affect the body. For example, carrots contain vitamins that help us see and bananas help our hearts. By putting on a Dinner Theater production, visitors can teach their audience why they need to eat a balanced diet. Bilingual
Reading Labels Reading Labels Everybody Eats 108 inches 70 inches 30 inches 028-07-0009 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Nutrition facts labels can be a challenge to interpret for even the most nutrition-savvy consumer. This exhibit component promotes nutrition label literacy by explaining each part of the Nutrition Facts label and then quizzing visitors to enable them to practice their skills. A larger-than-life Nutrition Facts label includes color-coded sections to help visitors understand the breakdown of information presented, including vitamins, calorie content, and nutrients that should be limited. At each of four stations, visitors view three products and their Nutrition Facts labels. Visitors are presented with a question, such as “Which product contains trans fats?” and they must compare and interpret the labels to find the answer. Flip doors reveal the correct and incorrect answers and give more information about the nutrients. Bilingual
Hunger Signals Hunger Signals Everybody Eats 40 inches 68 inches 24 inches 028-07-0007 Yes Floor or Ceiling 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children This exhibit focuses on listening to the signals our bodies give us when we are deciding whether to eat and how much to eat. In this computer game, the visitor chooses a character and guides the character through a week of eating snacks and meals. Visitors are presented with decision points. Should the character eat or forgo eating for an alternate activity? Hunger meters and feeling meters help the visitor gauge the character’s emotions and hunger levels and give them information they need to make a decision. The visitor will learn that there are many reasons we eat and that people are not always motivated to eat by hunger. The exhibit also sends the message that eating only when we are hungry is a healthy habit. Bilingual
Fuel Your Body Fuel Your Body Everybody Eats 57 inches 77 inches 31 inches 028-07-0006 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A This exhibit uses the analogy of racecars fueling up for a race to teach visitors about the importance of eating a healthy balanced breakfast. Two visitors can choose from a variety of breakfast foods by pushing buttons at individual stations to make their choices. They are prompted to choose a breakfast similar to the one they ate that morning. When the visitors have made their choices, they press a button to start the “race.” Two racecars move along a track above in response to the choices. If the visitors chose a healthy balanced breakfast that included protein and fiber, the car will make it to the finish line with a congratulatory message. If the breakfast was not balanced, the visitors will receive an onscreen message telling them how they can improve their breakfast next time. If they did not make it to the finish line, visitors are encouraged to try again, this time making choices that he or she thinks will create a healthy breakfast. Graphic Panel Details W=56" D=24" H=61"
Eat A Rainbow Eat A Rainbow Everybody Eats 48 inches 42 inches 24 inches 028-07-0005 No Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Puzzles, Young Children Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children At this large puzzle, young visitors place cutouts of fruits and vegetables in the corresponding colors of the rainbow. Children learn that it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables from each color group. Bilingual
Near and Far Near and Far Eyes on Earth 118 inches 132 inches 246 inches Multiple units. Graphic panel assembly dims: 118Wx70Dx75.5H. Peering unit/tombstone graphics dims: 48Wx24Dx59H. Exhibit requires a clear span between the units of 20 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. 10 in. 020-03-0007 No Earth Viewed From Space, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Space and Flight Examine Our Planet From Beyond: See what its like to look through the eyes of a satellite by searching for landmarks from high and low orbits in front of a six-foot by six-foot satellite image of Earth. Earn how distance affects the amount of detail in satellite images and how NASA scientists use close-up and wide-angle images to accomplish different tasks.
Far Satellite Far Satellite Eyes on Earth 48 inches 52 inches 48 inches Unit dimensions are: 48"Wx48"Dx 50"H. Unit requires a clear circular span of 10 feet in diameter around it for the satilite lights. 020-03-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC Earth Viewed From Space, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight High Altitue Flier: Discover the science behind geostationary orbits. At the top of the component, a lighted globe spins on its axis. On the ground, at about three feet from the surface of the globe, three projectors beam white light satellites. The distance between the globe and the satellites show the relative distance a satellite must be from the Earth in order to be in geostationary orbit. By following the satellite path, you become a geostationary satellite.
Orbit Table Orbit Table Eyes on Earth 76 inches 38 inches 76 inches 020-03-0008 No Earth Viewed From Space, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Math, Physics and Motion, Space, Young Children Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Space and Flight, Young Children Launch Satellites into Space: Choose different launchers with varying trajectories to observe different types of orbits, from standard circular types to highly elliptical.
Ozone Zone Ozone Zone Eyes on Earth 42 inches 64 inches 58 inches Works best in a low light situation 020-03-0009 Yes Floor 110 VAC Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Energy and Sustainability, Health, Life Science, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability, Health and Life Science, Space and Flight What is the ozone layer? What is its important to the Earth, how do scientists measure it, and why? Watch as a black light changes the color of ultra-violet sensitive material. Try to block or diffuse the UV rays using your hand, sunglasses, sunscreen, or objects of your own. By testing these filtration systems, discover how the ozone filters out harmful UV rays from the Earth’s surface. Graphic images include satellite pictures of the infamous holes in the ozone layer.
Pixel Story Pixel Story Eyes on Earth 42 inches 64 inches 58 inches 020-03-0010 No N/A Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight Explore camera resolution. Expanding on the importance of resolution and pixels in imaging, investigate the effects of resolution as you place objects under varying pin boards, noting the different representations created by different sized pins.
What Goes Around What Goes Around Eyes on Earth 55 inches 65 inches 55 inches 020-03-0012 Yes Floor 110 VAC Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight N/A How do Saltellites Map the Earth? Turn one of two cranks to send a polar satellite spinning about the Earth turning on its axis. But this is not just any globe … it glows! The satellite leaves a glowing trail demonstrating how the combination of the Earth’s rotation and the satellite’s orbit allows scientists to observe and scan the entire surface of the planet in just one day.
Radar Altimeter Radar Altimeter Eyes on Earth 38 inches 102 inches 208 inches 110 VAC, 15 amp non-dedicated curcuit. Maximum current draw 2 amps. 020-03-0011 Yes Floor See Details Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Space, Water Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight N/A Measuring from space. Exhibit provides visitors with an interactive explanation of radar altimetry and how it is used to measure sea height. Visitor starts a model of an altimetry satellite down a twenty foot overhead track. The model actually is a working altimeter that measures how high up it is from objects on the floor, directly simulating how satellite altimetry works. Visitors see a profile of the objects (which could be the visitors themselves) along the ground track. This exhibit can be custom sized to your specifications.
The Bigger The Better The Bigger The Better Eyes on Earth 58 inches 64 inches 360 inches Exhibit includes 2 separate units spread 30 feet apart. Unit #1 is 42"Wx58"Dx64"H. Unit #2 is 25"Wx16"Dx58"H. Units require 30 ft Lx4'10" W clear span between them. 020-03-0001 No N/A N/A Earth Viewed From Space, Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Vision Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight Detail And Clarity See how important lens size and aperture is to the detail and clarity of a satellite image. Look at the same image through two identical spotting scopes, one of which has had its aperture significantly decreased. Notice how the change in aperture alters image clarity.
Mission Kiosk Mission Kiosk Eyes on Earth 36 inches 72 inches 52 inches 020-03-0006 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Space and Flight Global Issues: Delve into different EOS missions by selecting from a menu of three short videos which highlight a global issue currently studied by scientists via satellite: the ozone layer, urbanization, and weather.
Image Gallery Image Gallery Eyes on Earth 168 inches 98 inches 20 inches 020-03-0005 No N/A Earth Viewed From Space, Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Space and Flight This two-sided banner shows ten images of the planet, each created using data from a different satellite sensor. Most satellite sensors collect data by measuring different wavelengths of light. For example, the MODIS sensor on the Terra satellite can measure long wave infrared radiation. This information allows scientists to create global temperature maps of the oceans and lands. The TOPEX/Poseidon satellite, in contrast, used radar to measure ocean surface heights. This data can also be used to calculate ocean temperatures. For the large “Blue Marble” image, cloud, land, and ocean data were collected by three different satellites: the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) satellite, and NOAA's Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite (POES). In the image a powerful hurricane is visible in the Eastern Pacific, just below Baja California. Key message: Satellites give us a new perspective of our planet. Student Challenge: Study the large image of the Earth. What interesting features can you find? Do you see a hurricane?
Earth Today Earth Today Eyes on Earth 36 inches 72 inches 52 inches Video/computer kiosk that requires internet connection 020-03-0002 Yes Floor 110 VAC Climate, Earth Viewed From Space, Innovation and Technology, Natural Science, Space Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Space and Flight Monitor the Earth: By using images from the many Earth Observing System satellites you can track ocean temperatures, wind speeds, glacial changes, and tropical rainfall. Maybe you will be the one who detects the climate trend changes heralding the next El Nino or La Nina.
Radiation Exposure Quiz Radiation Exposure Quiz Hanford Power 32 inches 48 inches 42 inches 033-03-0001 Yes Floor 110 VAC Energy and Sustainability, Health, Light and Color, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Health and Life Science N/A People are exposed to radiation from both manufactured and natural sources. Take this computer-based quiz to test your annual radiation dose.
Screen Time Screen Time Let's Get Active 76 inches 69 inches 23 inches 029-08-0007 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Did you know that TV watching burns fewer calories than resting? This exhibit invites visitors to add up the number of hours they spend each day playing video games, watching TV and movies, and using a computer for fun. They can then turn a wheel that reveals how their daily screen time adds up on a yearly basis, along with interesting factoids and statistics. Bilingual
Balancing Act Balancing Act Let's Get Active 96 inches 64 inches 50 inches 029-08-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children Step right up and test out your balancing skills. Visitors step onto a circular balance board and a timer shows how long they can stay balanced. Visitors can challenge themselves and others to balance competitions and try to improve their time. They will learn that good balance is important for people of all ages because it enables them to perform daily activities such as walking, picking up objects, and even standing! Bilingual
Using Energy Using Energy Let's Get Active 76 inches 61 inches 23 inches 029-08-0011 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children You don’t have to run a marathon, play sports, or lift weights to exercise. You can burn calories through everyday activities, such as housework, gardening, and dancing. This game challenges visitors to match up sports activities with everyday activities that burn the same amount of calories. Bilingual
Fitness Fads & Facts Fitness Fads & Facts Let's Get Active 65 inches 76 inches 40 inches 029-08-0004 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Smoking is part of a healthy lifestyle and vibrating belt machines can help you lose weight, right? Wrong! Visitors can view different antique and vintage fitness equipment and trends and make a guess as to how it was used and if it was a useful trend or phony fad. They will lift a flip panel to reveal the answer and learn about current fitness recommendations. This is the only Let's Get Active unit that doesn't link to a description page.
Be Flexible Be Flexible Let's Get Active 42 inches 65 inches 70 inches 029-08-0001 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Is stretching that important? The answer is YES! At this exhibit, visitors can take the classic sit and reach test to determine their flexibility level and compare it to a graph of average scores to see where they rank. Information is also provided about how to develop better flexibility and why it is important. Bilingual
Sports Nutrition Food: Fact or Fiction Sports Nutrition Food: Fact or Fiction Let's Get Active 30 inches 70 inches 76 inches 029-08-0008 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Energy and sports drinks, as well as energy and protein bars, are advertised as neccesary items to help you perform better. However, many of these products contain extra things that your body does not need such as added sugar. Visitors can spin tumblers to learn healthy alternatives to replace electrolytes and get energy. The dimensions noted includes the graphic wing panel Bilingual
Test Your Strength Test Your Strength Let's Get Active 60 inches 65 inches 130 inches Can be sold as the full piece or broken into individual components 029-08-0009 Yes 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children How many push-ups can you do without resting? How many sit-ups can you do in a minute? How long can you hold a wall squat? What is your grip strength? Visitors can find out the answers to these questions by rotating through stations where they perform each activity and then compare their results to the national averages. Please note that the photos on the site currently includes concept drawings too Bilingual
Hop to Healthy Bones Hop to Healthy Bones Let's Get Active 64 inches 74 inches 50 inches 029-08-0005 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 15amp source Bones, Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children Visitors can test out their jumping ability at this electronic jump rope game. Lighted tubes simulate a jump rope and visitors must hop when the lights reach the bottom of the jump pad. Visitors can try out three different difficulty levels and attempt to reach a specified number of jumps to successfully complete the game. Once they are finished, visitors can review a clinical research study and learn how jumping builds bone for life. Photo options include to shots and a concept drawing...
Animal Motion Animal Motion Let's Get Active 120 inches 62 inches 120 inches 029-08-0002 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A On this dance floor, children are encouraged to get out and hop like a bunny, walk like an elephant, run like a cheetah, or just dance around to the fun music. A variety of different animal costumes, including tails and ears, are provided for children to dress up and move like their favorite animal.
The Power of Exercise The Power of Exercise Let's Get Active 96 inches 64 inches 50 inches 029-08-0010 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children In this activity, vistors can become the scientists and review clinical research studies. As they press buttons to increase activity levels, light up messages pop up showing that exercising regularly can help prevent or delay certain diseases. Bilingual
Moving to a Healthier Life Moving to a Healthier Life Let's Get Active 38 inches 64 inches 23 inches 029-08-0006 Yes Floor 120 VAC, 15amp source Health, Life Science, Nutrition and Fitness, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children At this computer interactive, visitors follow an animated family through a typical week. At certain decision points, the visitor will choose from four different options of changes to help the characters incorporate more activity in their daily lives. Visitors will see that with a little bit of creativity, they can make small daily changes that will help them stay at a healthy weight and improve their life. Bilingual
Now You See It Now You See It Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0013 No Art and Science, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion What color is the inside of the box? Visitors look into a box with an eyehole in the lid, to determine the color of the inside of the box. They check their conclusion by opening the lid. Through the eyehole the inside appears to be black due to an absence of light. The inside is actually white. This exhibit demonstrates the relationship between color and reflected light.
Spinning Discs Spinning Discs Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0017 No N/A N/A Art and Science, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion What colors can you make by mixing a few primary colors? This exhibit contains several colored disks that visitors can spin with a lever. Each disk is painted with only two colors. As each disk spins, the visitor sees a new color. For instance, yellow and red produce orange. This exhibit demonstrates how mixing primary colors of pigment works differently from mixing primary colors of light.
Light Within A Light Light Within A Light Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0010 Yes Floor 110 VAC Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion N/A Why is the light from these two tubes different? This exhibit contains two fluorescent tubes, one coated and another uncoated, and a hand held diffraction grating. Visitors look at each tube through the diffraction grating viewer to see how the spectra produced by each differ. This exhibit demonstrates visible light spectra, fluorescence, and the effect that phosphor coatings have on the light emitted from a fluorescent lamp.
Cheek To Cheek Cheek To Cheek Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0002 No N/A N/A Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Physics and Motion Can you flip a reflection of your face sideways? Visitors use two mirrors inside a rotating drum to change their reflection. By rotating the drum, they can invert their reflection or turn it upside down. A flat mirror above the drum allows them to compare a normal reflection with one produced by the mirrors in the drum. This exhibit demonstrates angles of reflection.
Benham's Disks Benham's Disks Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0001 No Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Physics and Motion Can you create color from black and white? By spinning a black and white patterned disk, visitors create the illusion of color. Depending on the viewer's eyesight and the speed of the disk, the viewer may see alternating flashes of blue, green, brown, violet or gray. This exhibit demonstrates that a black and white patterned disk (Benham's Disk) can trick the eye into seeing color. Called Now You See It in the L&C manual Bad photo
Color On Color Color On Color Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0003 Yes Floor 110 VAC Art and Science, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Physics and Motion N/A What colors can you make by mixing red, green, and blue light? This exhibit consists of three lamps (red, green, and blue) shining down onto a white surface. Visitors create different colors by blocking one or more of the lamps, or inserting colored filters between the lamps and the screen. By doing so they can overlap these primary colors to produce secondary colors or add all three together to create white light. This exhibit demonstrates the concepts of primary colors and color mixing.
Look Through Lenses Look Through Lenses Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0008 No N/A N/A Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Physics and Motion What does the window look like when you look at it through different lens? This exhibit consists of a simulated window and three hand held viewers with lens in them. Visitors look at the window through each of the lens, to compare the images they produce. This exhibit demonstrates refraction and how three-dimensional lenses work.
Color Shadows Color Shadows Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0004 Yes Floor 110 VAC Art and Science, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision, Women's Health Physics and Motion N/A Can you create a colored shadow? Visitors create multiple colored shadows by placing their hand between red, green, and blue lights and a white screen. Where the visitor’s hand blocks the light from all three lamps, a black shadow appears. Where their hand blocks out light from one or two lamps, a colored shadow appears. This exhibit demonstrates complementary colors and color mixing.
Periscope Periscope Light And Color 24 inches 78 inches 36 inches 007-91-0014 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Can you turn a reflected image upside down? Visitors look into a periscope that has a rotating top mirror to turn reflections upside down or right side up. This exhibit demonstrates reflection, angles of reflection, and how periscopes work.
Look-a-Lights Look-a-Lights Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches Can you make a “broken rainbow” with a neon light? Visitors look at glowing neon and argon filled tubes with diffraction grating viewers to see the spectrums produced by each tube. This exhibit demonstrates that gasses stimulated by electricity produce specific colors and unique spectrums. 007-91-0011 Yes Floor 110 VAC Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Physics and Motion N/A
Block Out Block Out Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0009 No N/A Light and Color, Physics and Motion Physics and Motion What is a reflection? "Block Out” is a curved mirror used for projecting an image of a green block. When the visitor looks into the mirror, the block appears float in open space, demonstrating that a reflected image is simply the light given off by a real object.
What's In A Light What's In A Light Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0018 Yes Floor 110 VAC Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Physics and Motion Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Where does light come from? Visitors explore the working of a light bulb by controlling the power into an incandescent light bulb. The exhibit demonstrates the conversion of heat into light (incandescence) and consists of a large, unfrosted incandescent bulb and a dimmer switch.
What's Up What's Up Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0019 No N/A Light and Color, Vision Physics and Motion Why does the image on the left side of the lens look different from that on the right side? This exhibit consists of a vertical panel with word lists on it and two round lenses that visitors can slide over the panel. As they do so, they compare the image on the right side of the lens to the image on the left side. Some of the words appear to flip over and some do not. The puzzle to find out why. The left side of each lens is hollow and the right side is solid plastic. This exhibit demonstrates refraction and how lens work.
Holograms Holograms Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0006 Yes Floor 110 VAC Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion What is a hologram? Visitors view a small collection of reflection holograms. A short explanation of holograms is provided in the exhibit copy. This exhibit demonstrates what a reflection hologram is and how it works.
Rainbows Rainbows Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0015 Yes Floor 110 VAC Light and Color, Natural Science, Physics and Motion, Vision Earth and Natural Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Can you make a rainbow? This exhibit consists of a prism mounted on a white tabletop, a small projection screen, and a white light projector. Visitors turn the prism to separate white light out into its component colors. This exhibit demonstrates dispersion, spectrums, and the nature of white light.
Refraction In Action Refraction In Action Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0016 Yes Floor 110 VAC Light and Color, Physics and Motion, Vision Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Can you bend light? Visitors place clear plastic shapes in light beams to see how light bends as it goes through different shaped lenses. The beams are projected onto a white surface to show their direction of travel. This exhibit demonstrates refraction, angles of refraction, and how lenses work.
Do You See What I See? Do You See What I See? Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0005 Yes Floor 110 VAC Health, Life Science, Light and Color, Vision Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A What is your color vision? This exhibit is a set of sample plates from 'A Test For Color Blindness' by Shinobu Ishihara, M.D., which is a color vision testing method commonly used by ophthalmologists. Visitors look for hidden numbers in colored patterns to test their own color vision. This exhibit demonstrates the relationship between the perception of color and human physiology.
See? See? Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0005 Yes Floor 110 VAC Health, Life Science, Light and Color, Vision Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A What is your color vision? This exhibit is a set of sample plates from 'A Test For Color Blindness' by Shinobu Ishihara, M.D., which is a color vision testing method commonly used by ophthalmologists. Visitors look for hidden numbers in colored patterns to test their own color vision. This exhibit demonstrates the relationship between the perception of color and human physiology.
Mouse Multiplier Mouse Multiplier Light And Color 24 inches 78 inches 36 inches 007-91-0012 No Light and Color, Math, Physics and Motion, Vision Math and Economics, Physics and Motion Can you create several reflections of a single toy mouse? Visitors place a toy mouse between two hinged mirrors. By adjusting the angle between the mirrors they can change the number of times the mouse is reflected. This exhibit demonstrates the mechanics of reflections.
Instant Lightning Instant Lightning Light And Color 24 inches 54 inches 36 inches 007-91-0007 Yes Floor 110 VAC Energy and Sustainability, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Physics and Motion Energy and Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion Can you make lightning? Visitors move a rod through past two wire loops to produce a lightning like spark. When they do so, they are completing the circuit for a high voltage transformer, causing electricity to pass through the air between the rod and the loops. As electrons are transferred from one nitrogen molecule (the chief gas in air) to another, the nitrogen gives off blue light. This exhibit demonstrates how electrical energy is converted into light.
Tobacco Lies Tobacco Lies Lung Bus Cabinetry can be custom sized to meet your needs. 034-xx-0012 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs Health and Life Science Myths and Facts: This graphic treatment is designed to look like the front page of a newspaper with doors visitors can manipulate to reveal the truth about tobacco. Newspaper graphics display six myths about tobacco, such as "Everybody smokes," "Smoking is cool," "You can quit whenever you want," and "Tobacco ads don't target you,” with the truth underneath. Bilingual
Asthma Asthma Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0004 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Health, Life Science, Lungs, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A What is Asthma? This computer-based video, with speaker audio, beautifully depicts what happens during an asthma episode, including constriction of smooth muscle, common asthma triggers, and how medication works. A display of disposable straws accompanies the exhibit, for a simulated demonstration of what an asthma episode feels like.
Asthma Quiz Asthma Quiz Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0005 Yes Floor 110 VAC Health, Life Science, Lungs, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children What do you know about asthma? An interactive computer-based game, that teaches basic facts about asthma. Positive images of active children, all of whom have asthma, accompany exhibit in graphics. Chaser lights draw attention to game. Visitor answers six true/false questions to learn about asthma.
Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0013 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs Health and Life Science N/A Are you at risk? These lung artifacts with and without the TB bacteria reveal the serious nature of this communicable disease. Text explains the disease, emphasizing who is at risk, how TB can be treated, and encouraging screening for those at risk. This Exhibit also depicts the percentage of individuals with TB and the percentage of the infected population with active TB.
Outdoor Air Outdoor Air Lung Bus Cabinetry built to your specifications 034-xx-0010 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Health, Life Science, Lungs, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children What makes outdoor air bad? This fun web-based computer interactive developed by OMSI allows visitors to learn about and clean up the sources of outdoor air pollution. This program includes rural and urban air pollution sources as well as information on ozone and the particulate matter that make up outdoor air pollution.
COPD COPD Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0006 No N/A N/A Health, Hearing, Life Science Health and Life Science N/A Smoking related lung diseases: Three lung artifacts on display in this exhibit unit include healthy lung tissue, emphysema ridden tissue and cancerous tissue. Text and graphics of chronic bronchitis seen with hyperpolarized helium images allow visitors to learn more about smoking-related lung diseases and the need for screening.
Cost Of Smoking Cost Of Smoking Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0007 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs Health and Life Science N/A You smoke, you pay! This is a graphic physical representation of the cost of smoking. Text alongside a ugly column of cigarette buts and tar communicates how much money an individual would spend on cigarettes in one year, three years and five years. Along with the dollar figures visitors are given an idea of what could have purchased instead, while contributing to having a healthier body and healthier lungs.
Healthy Home Healthy Home Lung Bus 36 inches 42 inches 24 inches 034-xx-0009 Yes Floor 110 VAC Air, Health, Life Science, Lungs, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Indoor Air Quality: This 3-D dollhouse interactive presents three rooms on an upper level showing healthy options; with the same three rooms, a living room, kitchen, and a bedroom on the lower level showing unhealthy options. Identical furnishings are used in both levels. Visitors attempt to identify all of the sources for indoor air pollution by comparing the pairs of rooms. Visitor checks answers by illuminating text that explains the hazards.
Cough It Up Cough It Up Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0008 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Cilia are not silly! This mechanical model of cilia in the bronchus utilizes large balls as models for particulates in the lungs. A Plexiglas panel indicates mucus, with a graphic of cilia behind the interactive. The text explains the function of cilia and what happens when cilia are damaged. Visitors place particulates on the mechanical cilia and turn the large knob, activating a coughing sound, moving the cilia and thus moving the particulates out of the bronchus.
Your Amazing Alveoli! Your Amazing Alveoli! Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0014 Yes Floor 110 VAC Health, Life Science, Lungs Health and Life Science N/A Gas exchange in the alveoli. This exhibit presents visitors with two amazing digitized videos explaining the role of the alveoli in breathing. Visitors come away with a clear understanding of the structures inside the lungs and process of oxygen exchange and carbon dioxide exhalation.
Breathe In Breathe Out Breathe In Breathe Out Lung Bus Size can vary. Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0001 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs, Young Children Health and Life Science, Young Children N/A Your Diaphragm and You: Mechanical model of breathing lungs model lungs in clear acrylic cavity with mechanism to move diaphragm up and down. Model sits in front of graphic silhouette of young person's upper torso to show location of lungs in chest.
Respiratory System Respiratory System Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0011 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs Health and Life Science N/A Graphic panel(s) illustrating the respiratory system (nose, mouth, throat, vocal cords, trachea, bronchi, alveoli, and diaphragm). LED's are used to indicate movement of air during visitor controlled inhalation and exhalation.
Bronchial Tubes Bronchial Tubes Lung Bus Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 034-xx-0003 No N/A N/A Health, Life Science, Lungs Health and Life Science N/A Healthy and Unhealthy Bronchial Tubes: See and feel the difference between a healthy and unhealthy bronchial tube and learn how pollution and disease can affect breathing.
Excavator Excavator Make It Move 60 inches 36 inches 60 inches 014-94-0002 No N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Operate a shovel loader to scoop, push, lift and dump! The Excavator is a model of a simple shovel loader just the size for a child to operate. Young visitors raise the arm of the shovel loader with one handle and control the orientation of the bucket and scoop arm with the other handle. Coordinating the two handles allows visitors to scoop and release material as well as push and pile objects. The shovel loader swivels on a base containing two compartments so objects can be transferred from one bin to another. This exhibit can be custom designed to your specifications.
Crane Crane Make It Move 60 inches 36 inches 60 inches Unit sits on a swivel base 014-94-0001 No N/A N/A Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Young Children N/A Become a crane operator and discover how simple machines work. A model of a simple crane that a child can sit on and operate. Young children turn a crank to operate a pulley system to raise and lower objects, use a friction brake to hold or release lifted objects, and use a set of pedals to rotate the crane on its base. The gear assembly and pulley system is encased but fully visible so visitors can observe these simple machines at work.
Kitchen Vault Kitchen Vault Mindbender Mansion Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 030-08-0003 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 1.7 amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Set the dials of the Kitchen Vault to the three clues that were revealed after successfully solving the Feeding Frenzy activity and two Kitchen Brainteasers: Shifting Squares and Disorder. If successful, a video plays of Mr. E., who talks about healthy foods rich in nutrients for the brain. Visitors are then entertained by a short, zany animation introducing real-life inventor, Elisha Otis, who invented the elevator safety brake in 1854. At the end of the animation, Mr. E. reveals a password that is needed to unlock the Wall of Fame Vault that determines eligibility into the Mindbender Society.
Feeding Frenzy Feeding Frenzy Mindbender Mansion 152 inches 72 inches 60 inches 030-08-0002 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 3.0 amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Puzzles Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A In this large-scale activity, teamwork is necessary to successfully meet the challenge: to fill a minimum of 10 T.V. dinner trays (with five kinds of food) on a moving conveyer belt within the specified amount of time. Visitors can select a level of play (slow, medium, or fast) which determines the speed of the conveyer belt. Points are given for each TV dinner tray successfully filled but no points are given for trays partially filled.
Spelling Fever Spelling Fever Mindbender Mansion 192 inches 118 inches 222 inches 120 VAC, 4.4 amp Height can be reduced to 96" without top walls 030-08-0009 Yes Ceiling See Details Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A In this large-scale, full-body activity, teamwork is necessary to successfully meet the challenge: to correctly spell answers to trivia questions within a limited amount of time by hopping on letter squares. Start the game by touching the small screen at one end of the dance floor. Instructions are given on a large screen above the floor and the game begins when a randomly generated question appears on the large screen. The challenge is to think of the answer to the question (with help from anyone nearby) and spell it out by plotting a course down the floor and hopping on the correct letters. Visitors must land at the far end of the floor to submit their answer. If the answer is correct, they score points and then hurry back to the starting point to spell another word, or a team member can start spelling the next answer to save time and increase total points.
Library Vault Library Vault Mindbender Mansion Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 030-08-0004 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 1.7 amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Set the dials of the Library Vault to the three clues that were revealed after successfully solving the three Library Brainteasers: Make a T, Color Match, and Every Line Adds to 15. If successful, a video plays of Mr. E., who discusses how problem solving involves approaching things from a new or different angle. Visitors are then entertained by a short, zany animation introducing real-life inventor, Marion Donovan, who invented the leak-proof diaper cover, the "boater," in 1946. At the end of the animation, Mr. E. reveals a password that is needed to unlock the Wall of Fame Vault that determines eligibility into the Mindbender Society.
Map Room Vault Map Room Vault Mindbender Mansion Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 030-08-0005 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 2.1 amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Set the dials of the Map Room Vault to the three clues that were revealed after successfully solving the three Map Room Brainteasers: Six Blocks in a Box, 10 Pegs in Each Line, and One Shape Fits All. If successful, a video plays of Mr. E., who discusses how neuroscientists can see what part of the brain is active when doing or thinking certain things. Visitors are then entertained by a short, zany animation introducing real-life inventor, Elijah McCoy, who invented the steam engine lubricator in 1872. At the end of the animation, Mr. E. reveals a password that is needed to unlock the Wall of Fame Vault that determines eligibility into the Mindbender Society. Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications
Wall Of Fame Wall Of Fame Mindbender Mansion 225 inches 102 inches 54 inches Height can be reduced to 96" without top walls 030-08-0010 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 15amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Now it’s time for visitors to see if they are eligible to become a member of the Mindbender Society and possibly add their portrait to the “Mindbender Society Wall of Fame.” Several framed portraits of esteemed members of the Mindbender Society decorate this area and there is room for new members too! To join, visitors must enter at least three passwords they have gathered from the four rooms of the mansion (Parlor, Library, Map Room, and Kitchen) into the final vault at the Wall of Fame. If they are successful, they are officially an expert problem-solver and invited into the Society! If they are not successful, visitors are told to keep trying and check out the areas of the mansion that provide the clues and passwords. If a visitor is invited to join the Mindbender Society, they can have their picture taken and personalize their portrait with a background, outfit, funky hat, funny hair etc. Once they’ve finished their portrait, they can print out their official Mindbender Society certificate with their personalized portrait and take it home. In addition, their portrait will go up on the Wall of Fame for all to see, in one of the four monitors available to highlight the newest members of the Mindbender Society!
Parlor Vault Parlor Vault Mindbender Mansion 120 VAC, 2.7 amp Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 030-08-0008 Yes Ceiling See Details Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A Set the dials of the Parlor Vault to the three clues that were revealed after successfully solving the three Parlor Brainteasers: Make a Yellow Square, Tricky Triangles, and Every Line Adds to 18. If successful, a video plays of Mr. E., who discusses how teamwork helps in problem solving. Visitors are then entertained by a short, zany animation introducing real-life inventor, Mary Anderson, who invented the windshield wiper blade in 1903. At the end of the animation, Mr. E. reveals a password that is needed to unlock the Wall of Fame Vault that determines eligibility into the Mindbender Society.
Map Room Vault Map Room Vault Mindbender Mansion Cabinetry custom designed for your specifications 030-08-0005 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 2.1 amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving Set the dials of the Map Room Vault to the three clues that were revealed after successfully solving the three Map Room Brainteasers: Six Blocks in a Box, 10 Pegs in Each Line, and One Shape Fits All. If successful, a video plays of Mr. E., who discusses how neuroscientists can see what part of the brain is active when doing or thinking certain things. Visitors are then entertained by a short, zany animation introducing real-life inventor, Elijah McCoy, who invented the steam engine lubricator in 1872. At the end of the animation, Mr. E. reveals a password that is needed to unlock the Wall of Fame Vault that determines eligibility into the Mindbender Society.
Amazing Maze Amazing Maze Mindbender Mansion 78 inches 96 inches 78 inches 030-08-0001 Yes Ceiling Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Music and Sound, Physics and Motion, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science, Physics and Motion N/A In this large-scale activity, up to four visitors work together to tilt a table in different directions, guiding a ball into six holes as quickly as possible in the allotted time. A scoreboard keeps tally and counts down the remaining time left in the game. xwy
Mindbender Entry Mindbender Entry Mindbender Mansion 100 inches 104 inches 162 inches 030-08-0006 Yes Ceiling 120 VAC, 3.0 amp source Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Music, Art and Science N/A Start at the Entry and watch a large media screen which introduces the wacky Mr. E., master brainteasers, puzzler extraordinaire, and current curator of the Mindbender Society. He will explain some key features of Mindbender Mansion and how to unlock the puzzle to become a member of the Mindbender Society. There are 40 individual brainteasers and five large-scale group activities. To become a member, visitors must solve a total of eight-to-eleven select brainteasers and one large-scale group activity. Clue cards are available at the Entry to help keep track of clues and passwords from the puzzles that lead to membership in the Mindbender Society.
Move and Match Move and Match Mindbender Mansion 258 inches 126 inches 106 inches 120 VAC, 6.0 amp Height can be reduced to 96" without top walls 030-08-0007 Yes Ceiling See Details Art and Science, Innovation and Technology, Puzzles Energy and Sustainability, Music, Art and Science, Puzzles and Problem Solving N/A In this large-scale, full-body activity, teamwork is necessary to successfully meet the challenge: to maneuver dining room chairs into a correct pattern by pushing off of other players and the pen walls. Four players each sit in a different colored chair in an enclosed pen. A pattern is revealed on-screen and the four teammates work together to maneuver their chairs into the correct pattern by using their arms to push off of one another and the pen walls. There is a second pen, so a total of eight people can play.
Kids' Bank Kids' Bank Moneyville 75 inches 71 inches 45 inches 022-04-0009 No N/A N/A Economics, Math, Puzzles, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children With side-by-side teller windows, phones, calculators, and oversized coins, children can explore counting, addition, subtraction, and value while role-playing as bank tellers and customers. At activity tables, kids can play games involving money such as recognizing, sorting, adding, matching coins and their values, putting together money puzzles, and guessing the identities of hidden coins inside “safes.” Younger visitors discover what banks do, find out that money is useful, learn about lending, borrowing, and saving, and realize that math is fun!
Kids' Market Kids' Market Moneyville 103 inches 64 inches 32 inches 022-04-0010 No N/A N/A Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children Children open shop in a farmer's market with stalls, shopping baskets, carts, produce, flowers, and other goods as they take on the roles of buyers and sellers in a marketplace. By using play money, produce scales, price signs, cash registers, and calculators, young visitors learn about market interaction, exchange, values, sorting, counting, measuring, and grouping. They can sort baskets of fruit, establish prices with magnetic numbers on price boards, make change for their customers, and buy goods using oversized coins. Kids discover that math is not only practical, but fun!
Face Value Face Value Moneyville 77 inches 61 inches 36 inches 022-04-0005 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Innovation and Technology, Math, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Young Children Make money with your face on it using digital technology and explore what money communicates through the symbols chosen to appear on it. First, work with a computer program to create and design your own currency by choosing various elements of money such as denomination and graphical look. Then, take a picture of your face with a digital camera and watch as your image is inserted into your customized bill. You can even print it out and take it home with you! Why are portraits often used on money? To prevent counterfeiting, because people will notice subtle variations in a human face.
Balancing Your Budget Balancing Your Budget Moneyville 142 inches 133 inches 26 inches 022-04-0003 No N/A N/A Economics, Innovation and Technology, Math, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Young Children Consider economic choices and trade off as you try to balance your monthly household budget using weighted “expense” icons against a “fixed income” weight. Choose from a selection of familiar figures, such as a house to symbolize rent or a grocery bag to symbolize food bills, and place them on a large scale, opposite your income. You may have to make some tough decisions as you “weigh” your choices, trying to meet your “needs” (groceries, housing, clothing, transportation, health care, and education) and your “wants” (vacations, movies, savings, donations, eating out, toys, etc.). Bilingual
Lemonade Stand Lemonade Stand Moneyville 54 inches 71 inches 27 inches 022-04-0011 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children Set up a virtual lemonade stand and learn about profit, loss, supply, demand, price, and what it takes to run a small business. In this computer simulation, your challenge is to stay in business as you make daily decisions based on certain information such as cost of lemons, weather forecast, and local news. You’ll calculate costs, use probability to predict outcomes, estimate profits/loses, and then see the results of your decisions. Discover that running a successful enterprise depends on making choices about your available resources, and that good decisions involve anticipating demand and calculating your costs.
Barterville Barterville Moneyville 45 inches 72 inches 28 inches 022-04-0004 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Innovation and Technology, Light and Color, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Young Children Navigate through a virtual marketplace and explore a world without money. In this computer simulation, begin with one product, such as an orange, that you want to trade for another product, such as chocolate. You must “visit” a variety of “vendors,” each of which will only accept certain items and may or may not take your offered trade (orange). How many transactions will it take before you end up with your final goal (chocolate)? Learn how bartering was used to get what you wanted before money existed and how money makes trading easier. Bilingual
Stock Market Stock Market Moneyville 204 inches 118 inches 60 inches 022-04-0017 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Young Children Test your skills as an investor and see how well you play the market! Learn how buyers and sellers interact in the stock market through a 3-minute computer simulation set up on four networked computers to allow for multiple players. By reading the profiles of four fictional companies, you can create an investment strategy and follow the market through 12 months of trading. Begin with $10,000, choose high or low risk strategies, and proceed to buy and sell stocks. Watch for breaking news flashes about the various companies and determine if the new information affects your holdings. See how the actions of your fellow investors as well as other events, from natural disasters to company mergers, impact the rise and fall of the stock market on a real-time graph display. You decide if and when to cash out, and receive feedback on your profits, losses, and general performance of your portfolio. Learn how markets establish prices, what causes market fluctuation, and that when you buy a stock you own a piece of a company!
Get Real Get Real Moneyville 40 inches 67 inches 36 inches 022-04-0006 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Puzzles Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving Living in the real world means making choices---about earning, spending, and saving money. Imagine you are living on your own for the first time. You’ve got a job and your own apartment. What choices will you make? Can you make it through a whole year and save enough money for a vacation trip? Find out how well you do on your own as you make decisions based on real-life scenarios in this computer simulation. Develop skills in economic decision-making as you compare alternatives, make choices, and experience the consequences of your actions. Please note that the dimensions specified are for the version from Moneyville 2. The image on the website only shows the computer portion of the large "cityscape" interactive from Moneyville 1.
Global Trade Global Trade Moneyville 195 inches 102 inches 53 inches 022-04-0001 Yes Floor 110 VAC Puzzles Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving Can you guess the identities of the “mystery imports” inside five large crates stacked on a ship-loading dock when given certain manufacturing clues? Read the list of countries and resources that contributed to each imported product on the outside of the crate and see if you can predict what’s inside. As you open each crate and uncover the mystery item, you’ll learn more about where it was produced, and how it was manufactured and shipped. Gain an understanding of the unexpected origins of everyday items and why nations trade.
Quick Change Quick Change Moneyville 157 inches 100 inches 110 inches 022-04-0016 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children At this giant "cash register", become a check-out clerk and sharpen your computational skills as you try to make change for customers in a virtual market. In this computer simulation, virtual customers initiate purchases and you are challenged to make change by pressing the coin and currency buttons in your cash register drawer. If you are correct, you hear a "ka-ching" sound; if not, you see what the proper change should be. Discover that math is useful in daily life, especially when dealing with money, and that it can even be fun!
Make A Million Make A Million Moneyville 40 inches 67 inches 36 inches 022-04-0012 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving In this computer simulation designed to look like an “ATM machine,” you are challenged to predict which savings account will end up with the biggest balance. Will it be Earl, the early saver (who saves small amounts each year but over a longer period), or Louise, the late saver (who saves large amounts each year but for fewer years)? A fun animation explains why Earl has much more saved by age 65 and shows how compounding works. Discover how compounding makes money grow and that it’s important to start early; the longer you let an investment grow, the better off you’ll be! Please note that this is a computer kiosk that includes the Get Real computer interactive on the opposite side of the unit.
The Better Buy The Better Buy Moneyville 96 inches 133 inches 28 inches 022-04-0018 Yes 110 VAC, 15amp source Energy and Sustainability
Making Money Making Money Moneyville 48 inches 44 inches 30 inches 022-04-0013 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Design your own money using crayons and an assortment of rubbings at this station resembling an engraver’s desk. Decide on the value of your bill and create borders and backgrounds from a variety of symbols, numerals, patterns, portraits, and textures. Graphics show U.S. and foreign bills and explain the main elements and various symbols used on different currencies. The images on money not only show the currency’s worth, but also tell us about the values and culture of the people who created it. What will your money tell about you?
Million Dollars Million Dollars Moneyville 69 inches 75 inches 50 inches 022-04-0014 No N/A N/A Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children Have you ever wondered what a million dollars looks like in one-million dollar bills? Now’s your chance to see the sheer magnitude of this amount of “money” dramatically displayed inside a see-through “safe”. Discover what “a million” means through fun facts and thought-provoking questions: How much does a million dollars weigh?; If you start with a penny, then double it each day, how long until you’re a millionaire?; How would you donate a million dollars if you were a millionaire?
The History Of Money The History Of Money Moneyville 360 inches 136 inches 240 inches 022-04-0019 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children Check out what's playing at the local movie theater and discover fascinating facts about the global evolution of money—what is money, why did it develop, who invented it, and what makes it valuable? Explore the connections between money, technology, math, and society by following an interactive timeline. Witness how money has changed throughout history from barter economies to the ancient Lydians (the first to mint coins), through paper currency (first used by the Chinese) to digital money. You can even touch, examine, and smell some of the many forms money has taken over time as you uncover such artifacts as stones, shells, fur, chocolate, bronze artifacts, and silver coins. You’ll learn that money can be anything, as long as the people who use it agree on its value! Please note that this interactive is contained within the large Moneyworks Theater Structure.
The Moneyworks The Moneyworks Moneyville 360 inches 136 inches 240 inches 022-04-0020 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children You don't throw coins into this fountain--coins flow out out of it! Enjoy a unique full-body experience interacting with “falling coins” using simple props such as an umbrella or a bucket. Enter the light-controlled area, and experiment with different ways of using your own shadow to interact with computer-generated moving images projected on a wall. This piece of interactive “public art” inspires reflections on the importance of public goods and services and the role of tax dollars in paying for them. This structure also contains the History of Money interactive. There is no photo here!
Money On The Move Money On The Move Moneyville 77 inches 111 inches 66 inches 022-04-0015 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children Follow the life of a dollar bill and see how money travels through the economic system by watching balls (representing U.S. dollars) flow through a kinetic sculpture. “Bills” journey from their creation at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, enter circulation through the Federal Reserve Bank, flow to commercial banks, and then are “withdrawn,” “borrowed,” and “spent” in the community. Turn a wheel to “earn” money, choose to “save” or “spend”, and see how your choices affect the way that money moves! Discover that economics connects people and activities in the community and around the world and that institutions like the government and banks play an important role in the economy.
Inflation Station Inflation Station Moneyville 60 inches 43 inches 32 inches 022-04-0008 No N/A N/A Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children N/A Travel back and forth in time and learn about prices and inflation as you try to guess the price of a movie ticket or family car from several different eras. Select a time to “visit” (1935, 1940, 1960, 1980, 2000, and 2020) and see how the costs of the same five items (movie ticket, pair of jeans, bicycle, family car, and average yearly salary) have changed over time. Discover how inflation reduces the value of money, and that if income and investments don’t keep up with inflation, real purchasing power declines.
The Real Cost Of Credit The Real Cost Of Credit Moneyville 35 inches 107 inches 30 inches 022-04-0021 Yes Floor 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Math, Young Children Math and Economics, Puzzles and Problem Solving, Young Children How much will you pay if you buy an item that costs $1,000 using a credit card and make the minimum monthly payment? Find out by watching a ball whiz up a clear vertical air chute to indicate the total amount paid, including interest. Compare the consequences of different payment rate choices by placing your hand over the base of three other tubes and watching the balls form a graph in the air. Learn why paying “the minimum” can add a surprising amount to the original cost.
Anti-Counterfeiting Lab Anti-Counterfeiting Lab Moneyville 46 inches 66 inches 74 inches 022-04-0002 Yes Floor or Ceiling 110 VAC, 15amp source Economics, Innovation and Technology, Math, Young Children Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Math and Economics, Young Children Train to become a special agent and stay one step ahead of counterfeiters as you learn all about security features found on U.S. currency. At a video microscope, light a real bill from above or below and change the magnification to find hidden security measures such as microprinting, fine-line designs, and a watermark. At a second station, examine genuine bills under a black light to see another protective feature, glowing polymer threads. After completing your training, try to catch a counterfeiter by investigating four sets of images to determine which bill is real and which one is fake.
Twister Twister Nature's Fury 022-88-0001 Yes Ceiling 110 VAC Air, Climate, Natural Science Earth and Natural Science N/A Stop and start the tornado with your hand. What makes the air reform into a new tornado? Requires Water
Wave Tank Wave Tank Nature's Fury 20 amp circuit Requires Water 2 Sizes:12' or 16'. Weight: Approximately 1000 lbs. when filled. Requires access to a hose to fill and to drain. Needs approximately 500 lbs. of clean, washed, fine sand. 002-88-0002 Yes Ceiling See Details Climate, Energy and Sustainability, Natural Science, Water Earth and Natural Science, Energy and Sustainability N/A Start and stop a breaking wave. View it from under water and watch it curl as it touches the bottom. Observe the wave reshape a beach and move seaweed in small circles.
Air Rockets Air Rockets Star Trek 36 inches 72 inches 108 inches 012-92-0001 Yes N/A 110 VAC Engineering, Flight, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space Engineering, Innovation and Technology, Physics and Motion, Space and Flight 80 PSI Two plastic bottle "rockets" travel along guy wires. Compressed air is pumped into each rocket by pressing it onto the air nozzle at the base of the unit. when the rockets are released, the air shoots them upward along the wire track, demonstrating how the principle of action and reaction is applied to rocket propulsion. The side-by-side rockets allow multiple users the opportunity to race each other. OMSI can custom design for your specifications. Exhibit requires clean, dry, compressed air @ 80 PSI minimum.