Good Vibrations – WonderWorks Branson Opens New Exhibit on Earthquakes Named by Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Month
WonderWorks Branson has an array of exhibits that help educate people about science, with the latest exhibit on earthquakes called Good Vibrations, opens May 28th. Good Vibrations will spotlight Tuckaleechee Caverns, and how they document seismic activity around the world. The new exhibit was a topic request from educators, so it seemed appropriate that they also name the exhibit. Teachers are invited to see this exhibit for free during WonderWorks Teacher Appreciation Month celebration.
“Most people don’t realize just how important it is for us to be able to detect the shifting of tectonic plates around the world,” says Brenda Dent, general manager at
WonderWorks Branson. “This new Earthquake exhibit shows people what this special place is doing, how it was created, and why their work is so important.” The Tuckaleechee Caverns, located in Townsend, Tenn., measure worldwide seismic activity. It does so with such precision and accuracy that the federal government took notice and gets the information that is collected. The caverns detect seismic activity 24/7, and instantly send the information to the Department of Defense; Geneva, Switzerland; and Vienna, Austria. The information is collected so quickly that it can be relayed to these places within 300ths of a millisecond.
The new Earthquake exhibit at WonderWorks Branson will help visitors gain a better understanding of earthquakes, seismic activity, and the tectonic movement around the planet. The exhibit meets the educational standards on earthquakes and seismic activity, and provides the information to learners in a fun environment.
In addition to the exhibit opening of Good Vibrations, WonderWorks Branson would like to thank all teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month. All teachers and support staff can get in free through May 2021 by showing their valid school ID or pay stub upon entrance. They can also have up to four accompanying guests get in for a 50% discount on their admission fee.
“We are excited to have so many great things happening during May,” added Dent. “We hope that teachers will join us and check out the new exhibit, as well as families who want to learn more.”
Good Vibrations exhibit is one of many that WonderWorks Branson offers that cover STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) topics. Other STEM-related programs offered include virtual learning labs, science fair partnership opportunities, science fun facts and hands-on experiences with each visit.
Additionally, there is a military section that honors those who protect and serve our country. This space highlights STEAM-related job opportunities in the military and showcases some of the technology used in the Army. This section includes interactive exhibits, military artifacts and a theater showing of a short film, titled “American Pride.”
WonderWorks Branson also offers group activities, facilities rentals, homeschool days, birthday parties, scouting days, and sensory days. Located at 2835 W. 76 Country Blvd., it’s the company’s sixth and largest location. Some of the exhibits include a bubble room, Professor Wonder’s adventure, interactive sandbox, illusion art gallery and X-treme 360 bikes. The fun indoor amusement park offers 46,000 square feet of family-friendly engaging activities, as well as two cafes. It is open 365 days per year, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with varying hours throughout the seasons, and when recognizing holidays and special events for current hours of operations, visit the website.
For additional information regarding Teacher Appreciation Month, visit the website: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/branson/teacher-appreciation/
COVID-19 safety protocols being taken include reducing capacity, enhanced cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, hand sanitizer stations, employee health screenings, and employee personal protective equipment (PPE). Guests are encouraged to review all safety rules prior to their visit on the web page devoted to COVID-19.