Need an idea to help your students experience firsthand the wonder of space? Take advantage of these exhibits currently on display throughout the United States.
SPACE: A Journey to Our Future Traveling Exhibition
This first-of-its-kind exhibit was created as an educational tool to inspire young people and raise public awareness about space exploration. Representatives from NASA, NSTA, and General Motors served on an educational committee with specialists from leading science centers across the country to consult on its content. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition, one of the largest touring space exhibits ever developed, will be on display at the St. Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri now through Nov. 28. This exhibit will travel to other museums and science centers across the United States for the next five years. Geared toward ages 9-17, SPACE immerses the visitor in past discoveries and explorations and introduces today's explorers who are shaping our destiny in the universe. The sights and sounds of space exploration are presented through live performances, easy-to-use interactives, state-of-the-art projection, and audio technology. Highlights include opportunities to ride a lunar module simulator to a surface facsimile of the Moon and a visit to a simulated scientific base camp on Mars. To learn more about Clear Channel Exhibitions and the SPACE exhibition, visit www.clearchannelexhibitions.com .
Hubble Space Telescope Traveling Exhibit
The Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe exhibit features the best of Hubble’s images and shows visitors how this suite of scientific instruments is challenging widely held assumptions about the cosmos. The exhibition explores the Hubble, its history and purpose, and its anatomy and operation. Visitors enter the exhibition through a tunnel of monitors that projects images taken by Hubble. Four freestanding structures are devoted to Hubble’s contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. A scale model of Hubble is complemented by “satellite” units that incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works. From now through Dec. 26, view the exhibit at the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas. To find out when it will be in your area, go to http://www.sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibit_toursched.asp?id=57 .
NASA @ Your Library National Exhibit
NASA and the American Library Association (ALA) announce an interactive exhibit that features special presentations for parents and children. The program is designed to help inspire students to pursue science and space-related careers. The NASA/ALA partnership creates "NASA @ your library," a program designed to introduce and expose the public to NASA research in health; home and transportation; agriculture and environment; and commerce. The partnership is also designed to increase interest in our nation's public libraries. The exhibit will tour 120 public libraries in five regions across the nation. For information about the exhibit, check out http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/nasayourlibraryexhibit.htm .
Science and Technology of Speed Exhibit
This traveling exhibit, suitable for all ages, transports guests into the world of high-performance, barrier-smashing motion. Numerous interactive experiences focus on the science and technology of pushing the envelope to achieve record-setting speed while explaining the limits of getting there. SPEED will be in St. Paul, Minnesota, until March 2005.
Centennial of Flight Aerospace Exhibition
In commemoration of the Wright Brothers' landmark flight on Dec. 17, 1903, NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology and the Art Institute of Chicago have organized an exhibit exploring the history of aerospace engineering and its relationships to architecture and design. Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research presents a pictorial survey documenting NASA's aerospace history and the architects and builders, aerospace engineers, and scientists behind it. Including some 65 artifacts, the exhibition displays objects ranging from handcrafted wind tunnel models of early biplanes to models of the Space Shuttle. The exhibition also showcases some of NASA's latest research concepts, such as aircraft with "morphing" wings, "self healing" aircraft surfaces, and biologically inspired sensors, all of which will help make future air travel accident free, environmentally friendly, affordable, and accessible to all. The exhibit, which will travel across the country for three years, is now showing in Washington, D.C., until Dec. 5. See www.archfoundation.org/octagon/exhibitions/index.htm for information.
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