MyPlate: An Exhibition About Nutrition

January 18, 2014 - May 11, 2014

(Extended by popular demand!)

Join seven-year-old Max and his best pal Munch as they study the USDA’s simple plan for healthy eating,"MyPlate".
This exhibit is a real healthy adventure that first brings our friends to a very cool grocery.  Next stop, a community garden where Max learns that even in an urban setting you can use large containers to grow vegetables in your backyard or on your balcony.  From there, they spy a pretty amazing house and go into its kitchen and pantry as well as its dining room that encourages family conversation.  For some exercise Max and Munch try their turn on the “Hot Plate” to see what they’ve learned on their journey so far – just one of the many hands-on activities visitors can experience in "To MyPlate and Beyond". 
And finally, a sit-down and drive-through restaurant are last stops on their amazingly healthy – and fun – adventure!

The exhibition was developed by Purdue Agriculture and the Departmant of Nutrition Science, and it's run at Science Central is sponsored in part by Heritage Food Service Group,Inc.




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September 14, 2013 - January 5, 2014

From the city where Benjamin Franklin flew his kite, you’ll be attracted to Science Central’s next traveling exhibition as BAE Systems presents “Electricity.” Developed by The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, electricity is explored and presented through highly-engaging hands-on displays. You can safely examine such concepts as static electricity and live current; motors, batteries and wires; attraction and repulsion; sparks, charge and discharge; voltage, AC and DC; magnetic fields and magnetic motion; lights, telegraphs and transmitters, and more.



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Wild Minds-What Animals Really Think

April 19, 2013 - September 8, 2013

Animals are smarter than you think! Many species share cognitive skills that are considered key signs of higher mental abilities, such as using tools, solving problems, self-awareness, and the ability to communicate. Over decades, researchers have documented these talents in different animal species, observing behavior in the wild and in carefully controlled laboratory experiments. What scientists have seen and reported has gradually chipped away at what we thought made human beings unique, revealing that we are not alone in our ability to invent, plan or empathize. In Wild Minds–What Animals Really Think, you will discover surprising and impressive thinking skills in a variety of animals. Presented in partnership with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The exhibition was developed by the New York Hall of Science.

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Genomics eXplorer

January 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013

Genomics eXplorer examines Earth's most crucial living creatures - plants - and investigates the important contributions genetics researchers are making to agriculture, human health, and the environment. The exhibit is composed of seven units with numerous learning opportunities. Visitors will journey to the heart of a giant walk-through cell, discover interactive games, and experience microscope stations to understand groundbreaking research in botany. The exhibition was developed by Purdue University.






Disease Detectives

September 8, 2012 through January 6, 2013

You hear about infectious diseases in the news – new diseases emerging, old ones re-emerging, resistant bacteria. What does it all mean? Disease Detectives is a traveling exhibition about microbiology that puts visitors in the role of infectious-disease-fighting detectives. This interactive exhibition invites visitors to investigate a case by meeting a series of patients, interpreting their lab tests and exploring their environment to learn more about infectious disease transmission and prevention. Each case highlights a different mode of disease transmission and the relevant illnesses. Hands-on topics include an introduction to diseases and disease research, and the types of food-, water-, airborne- and animal-borne diseases. The exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota.





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