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Fantastic building full of wonderful opportunities to discover something you didn’t know about the wonderful world of science. The Science Center is full of rooms that can teach you about something new no matter where you are in the museum. There are 11 rooms not including the Kids Space. There is the Sight and Sound, Exploring Space, Invention Dimension, Forces in Motion, Picture Of Health, Sports Lab, Energy City, and Planet Earth
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Sight And Sound
The Sight and Sound room is an exhibit that teaches how sound and sight can be observed, manipulated, and investigated. The main points of the exhibit are the Freeze Frame 360, The Sound Insulated Room, and The Laser Harp. The Freeze Frame 360 is a room that you strike a pose with either your friends or by your self (if you’re a loner) it takes a ton of pictures at every angle making a video like set of images that is a 360˚ video. The Laser Harp is a harp shaped “instrument” that has “strings” made of lasers. The lasers were activated when something moves inside of the harp making a noise similar to a harp. NOTE:(The noise was made to resemble a harp but did not. At all. Even a little bit.) Finally, The Sound Insulated Room was a room with sound proof padding on the walls that make it so no echoes could be heard from inside or outside. In the room there is a computer, a microphone, and a chair. In the room the lights were strangely red for unknown reasons. On the monitor it shows radio stations that sponsored the rooms such as 92.5, 95.7, 105.9. You can record your voice saying the radio’s intro/catchphrase. You can also manipulate sound by changing frequency and volume to modify the actual sounds. The sound proof padding was made to insulate sound and minimize any echo that happens in the room or outside.
The Exploring Space Room is an exhibit that allows students to learn about the mysteries of the solar system like Black Holes, Nebulae, The Mysteries of Mars, Moon Rocks, and The Star Trek Movies. In the space room there are 4 sets of two chairs that each have a joystick and a television monitor that shows a video that has options chosen by you. These choices lead to small documentaries that all involve space’s many wonders. This magical machine was called The Galaxy Explorer. Next the room contained The Mysteries Of Mars. In this area there are the geological differences of Mars to Earth. There is also the ability for people to identify landforms on Mars that may have been created by water. The room also allows visitors to look at global weather patterns. The most interesting part (in our opinion) was the head of the rocket that shot the ashes of Star Treks character Scotty (played by James Montgomery Doohan.) This connects to the curriculum because in 8.3 it says - The solar system is composed of planets and other objects that orbit the sun. Gravity is the force that governs the motions of objects in the solar system. The motion of the Earth and moon relative to the sun causes daily, monthly and yearly cycles on Earth.
The Invention Dimension is a room that is full of inventions made by bright young minds and inventions from back in the day. There are instruments on the wall, a robot that you can challenge to a puzzle making contest, try to figure out how to make the golf ball reach the end using Rube Goldberg machines, build Legos to your heart’s desire (and brain’s), and figure out complex brain teasers. The highlights of this room are the Rube Goldberg Machines. Have you ever seen “Home Alone”? The machines in this movie are similar to the Rube Goldberg Machines in a way where Kevin builds machines to stop the burglars from robbing his house. In the CT Science Center there are many of these on display that can be used by the students who want to see what they do. This connects to the curriculum because in 7.1 it reads… “Energy provides the ability to do work and can exist in many forms. Work is the process of making objects move through the application of force. Energy can be stored in many forms and can be transformed into the energy of motion.” Also in the museum they display some of the winning projects in the Invention Convention, made by kids from Connecticut. The Lego area has a ramp that you put Lego vehicles on and play with Newton’s first law, which is an object in motion stays in motion unless an object of greater or equal force meets it. The puzzle-making robot, in which I personally named Kevin based off of Home Alone, that you could race in a puzzle-building contest. This robot takes shapes to build other shapes such as a chicken and a boat. Normally if you race Kevin you will lose, but eventually you will win.
Forces In Motion
In the Forces In Motion room there are many exhibits. These exhibits consist of a cone that blows air to move a beach ball into a hoop, square wheeled cars, and the heliflyers. The air basketball game is basically is exactly what is sounds like. A game where you try to get a beach ball in a hole by using a cone with air blowing out of it until it gets through the hoop. The square wheeled cars are cars that you can customize the mass of the car by using thin square blocks. There is a small racing track that allows the cars to race by dropping the pegs that the vehicles were resting against. The cars race down the track and the first one to pass the finish line wins, recording its time. This exhibits relates to the curriculum because in 8.1 it says - An object’s inertia causes it to continue moving the way it is moving unless it is acted upon by a force to change its motion. The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion and speed. An unbalanced (net) force acting on an object changes its speed and/or direction of motion. Objects moving in circles must experience force acting toward the center. We found that the more weight added the faster it went. The Heliflyers are little paper cones that can be cut, ripped, and colored to your heart’s desire. They were put on a giant fan that blows them up in the air. The best fliers were the ones that stayed in the air the longest.
Picture Of Health
In the Picture Of Health room there was many exhibits that related to the human body. There was a machine that uses low stress levels to affect the brains concentration, Ester The Digester, fake ambulances that give a junior paramedic experience, a virtual life choice simulator, and a place that shows how genetics affect your health. The low stress machine has a headset that reads brain waves. The lower the amount of brain waves the faster the ball in the center moves to your opponent’s side. The beautiful Ester The Digester is a machine that has an x-ray like machine on the chest of the machine. On the machine it shows you a picture of her digestive system. You get to alter her diet and exercise patterns and see how it affects her health. The junior paramedic experience allows you to “treat” patients and learn how to treat different kinds of wounds. If you want you can speak to the driver with the speaker system. The brain concentrator machine was to see how the ball responds to the different amounts of stress. The virtual life simulator gives you a starting age of 77, which will either increase or decrease depending on the choices you make in your “life”. These choices consist of education, dieting choices, family choices, pets, jail time, and etc. This connects to the curriculum because in 7.2 it says- Many organisms, including humans, have specialized organ systems that interact with each other to maintain dynamic internal balance. All organisms are composed of one or more cells; each cell carries on life-sustaining functions. Multicellular organisms need specialized structures and systems to perform basic life functions.
8.3 - The solar system is composed of planets and other objects that orbit the sun. Gravity is the force that governs the motions of objects in the solar system. The motion of the Earth and moon relative to the sun causes daily, monthly and yearly cycles on Earth.