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OVER 100 INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS! FUN FOR ALL AGES!

 

Natural Disasters

Tesla Coil

Become a human lightning rod as you place your hand through the mesh, steel armor glove and watch while the Tesla Coil emits 100,000 volts of electricity to your fingers!

Nikola Tesla invented the Tesla Coil around 1891 to investigate the electrical realm of high-voltage, low-current, and high-frequency. Some Tesla Coils create electric fields powerful enough to generate electricity to wirelessly power up a fluorescent light up to 50 feet away.

Hurricane Shack

Enter the Hurricane Shack to experience category 1 hurricane force winds of 71 MPH. Hold on tight! You don’t want to be blown away.

Leaving its own path of destruction behind, the hurricane is one of the most common Natural Disasters in the world. This fast-cycling storm is made up of a low-pressure center, spiral collection of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain and sometimes hail, and powerful winds that can reach over 155 MPH!

Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe and map that gives you the opportunity to travel anywhere you want within a matter of seconds! Explore different countries and continents viewing satellite imagery, terrain, 3D buildings and structures, and more.

See how quickly you can find your home or school!

Natural Disasters Trivia

Take a seat and test your knowledge on our world’s natural disasters! Pick from four categories: Wild Weather, Quakes & Blazes, Manmade Catastrophes, and Extreme Disasters. Answer the questions as they show on the screen to see just how much you know.

 

Physical Challenge

Bed of Nails

Every great scientist knows that pressure is the application of force to the surface of an object. When you step on a single nail, your foot puts a large amount of force onto the small surface area of that nail, easily piercing your skin.

What do you think will happen when you lie down on 3,500 nails?

Wonder Wall

Create 3-Dimensional images of your body on this gigantic pin wall made of 40,000 plastic pins! You can even get imaginative and create a new version of you that walks on 4 legs or has 20 fingers on one hand!

Bubble Lab

If you are anywhere between the ages of 1 and 101, you will love this exhibit!

Create bubbles the size of basketballs, blow bubbles through a bubble sheet, or make a bubble big enough for you to fit inside!

Look at all the pretty colors in the bubbles as they float around. They are actually reflections and refractions of the light around the bubble. The colors show how thick, or thin, the bubble wall is.

MindBall

This challenging bio-feedback game for two will test your mind capacities based on EEG Technology.

EEG Technology is used as a training tool for cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Officers are not only trained to be alert but also to control their thought process in order to remain calm in high-pressure situations.

Mind Ball is a game that goes against the conventional competitive concept. Instead of high activity and adrenaline, Mind Ball relies on calmness and relaxation to measure success.

Each player will wear a headband with electrodes that will record and evaluate brain activity. In a battle of the minds, the player whose mind is most calm and relaxed wins!

Xtreme 360

Did you know that for a split second on the Xtreme 360 Bikes, you actually reach a zero-gravity point?

As you pedal, the bikes gain momentum and swing back and forth and at the top of each swing, you feel a moment of zero-gravity. While gravity is always working, the force between you and your seat drops to zero, leaving you to feel weightless.

The faster you pedal, the higher you get.

Can you pedal fast enough to make a complete 360 degree spin?

  • Must be 58″ tall
  • Closed shoes required
  • 250lb weight limit

Virtual Sports

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pitch to a Major League Baseball player or throw a touchdown pass 50 yards to an NFL player? How about kicking a winning goal past a soccer goalie?

Virtual Sports allows you to test your athletic skills on a baseball, football, and soccer field. Throw your best pitch – how fast was it? Was it a ball, strike, or did you give up a homerun? Then test your accuracy and depth perception by completing passes to receivers on a football field. Don’t let the defense intercept you! While the clock is running, see how many goals you can sneak past the soccer goalie.

How do you think you match up to professional athletes?

Apache Helicopter

Navigate the skies in one of the Army’s most legendary machines.  Also known as the “flying tank,” the Apache helicopter allowed United States Army men and women to fly into warzones and survive heavy attack and inflictive massive damage. 

Learn what the Apache can do as you fly through obstacles and challenges in this virtual simulator.

*Due to the contents of this simulator, participants must be 13 and older

 

Light & Sound 

Speed of Light

Light moves at exactly 299,792,458 meters per second. Can you move like the speed of light?

As the clock runs down, test your speed and reflexes and press the buttons as they light up on the matrix. Try to beat the clock!

Recollections

As you walk in front of this screen, watch as your shadow quickly multiplies into different colors and patterns!

Do you hear the music? Bust a few of your best moves in front of the screen and watch as every movement of your body is mirrored and multiplied in brilliant, vibrant colors.

Strike a Pose

Have you ever wondered what your shadow really looks like? Listen to the countdown and strike a pose in “3-2-1…FREEZE!” An image of your shadow will appear before your eyes! The secret to this exhibit is the wall you pose in front of. When you stand directly in front of the wall and the flash appears, the portion of the wall that your body is covering is unable to absorb light. Your image on the wall has not become darker, but instead the rest of the wall has become lighter.

Giant Piano

The piano is one of the most interesting and versatile instruments; most appropriately named “The King of Instruments” because it is one of the largest.

Jump from key to key on this giant piano and play music with your feet!

 

Imagination Lab

Wonder Brite

Get creative on this gigantic version of Lite-Brite! Rearrange the colored pegs to create a beautiful masterpiece.

Your picture will glow as you place the colored sticks into the black wall. Use your imagination to create your own design, make your favorite animal, a fast car, or pretty flowers!

Alien Stomper

The aliens are invading Earth! Gather your friends on this multiplayer game to help save the planet. Use your feet to stomp the aliens and their UFOs to send them back to their own planet in outer space!

Fun Express! 

This is a fun station for the younger ones. Choose from digital painting or coloring to a game of detective or matchmaking or even work on some simple addition and subtraction.

Gear Works

Gears are wheels with teeth that are used in machines to make work easier. When two gears are connected, the smaller gear will spin faster but with less force, while the bigger gear will spin slower but with greater force.

Arrange the gears, big and small, so their teeth are interlocking. Slowly spin one of the gear wheels and see what happens. Are they all spinning at different paces?

 

Space Discovery

Space Suit

Explore a life-size replica of an EVA suit that astronauts wear when they need to do work outside their spacecraft.

Space suits must be worn to keep astronauts alive in the extreme environment of outer space. They provide a stable internal pressure, mobility, a supply of breathable oxygen and elimination of carbon dioxide, temperature regulation, a means of collecting and containing solid and liquid bodily waste, and a communication system.

Mercury Capsule

Climb into a replica of one of the launched capsules and experience what it’s like to lay inside this one-man vehicle.

Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States of America led by NASA. The goal was to put a human in orbit around the Earth.

The spacecraft was just big enough for a single crew member. There were 55 electrical switches, 30 fuses, and 35 mechanical levers inside to control the spacecraft, and an outer skin made up of a nickel alloy to be able to endure high temperatures.

Mission to Mars

The exploration of Mars began during the 1600s when the telescope was invented and developed. Since then, probes, orbiters, and rovers have gotten much closer to the planet, collecting more data about the environment and possible life on Mars.

Use the rover to explore and examine the surface of Mars. What can you find?

Land the Shuttle

In November of 1983, Space Shuttle Discovery was delivered to the Kennedy Space Center and took its first mission flight August 30, 1984.

After 39 successfully completed missions in over 27 years, Discovery is now a retired orbiter.

Do you think you have what it takes to maneuver the controls of the Space Shuttle Discovery and make a clean landing onto the airstrip?

Fighter Jets

F18 Hornets have excellent aerodynamic characteristics and a top speed of Mach 1.8 which is equivalent to 1,190 MPH! The fighter jets are primarily for fighter escort, fleet air defense, and close air support.

Explore the freedom of flight as you soar across the blue skies in this F18 fighter jet.

Astronaut Training Challenge

This 2-person gyroscope will spin and rotate in multiple, random directions as it simulates the effects that outer space has on humans.  Experience the feeling of weightlessness and the rolls and tumbles that astronauts feel when they are conquering missions in space.

Wonder Coasters

Feel the thrills and chills that you would on a real rollercoaster as the virtual simulator takes you on an exhilarating ride.  Buckle up as the vessel closes and you experience 360 degrees of pitch and roll motions, flips, backward movements and more!   

  • Must be 42″ tall with chaperone, 48″ without
  • 250lb weight limit

 

Far Out Illusion Gallery

As you make your way up to the basement, you’ll see paintings and artwork of illusions covering the walls.

Some paintings have hidden objects and some have eyes that will follow you wherever you go.

Open your eyes and your mind to see all the pieces of every picture. Sometimes you have to see the smaller images to see the whole image and sometimes you have to remember that a big picture cannot be made without smaller ones.

Can you try to figure out the answers to all the riddles and illusions? Or will your brain keep you from seeing the unknown reality?

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