In The Dark

May 24, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Explore different environments of darkness and the unique life forms that inhabit them through a combination of hands-on and whole-body interactives, walk-through dioramas, and specimens. Wander through a nocturnal forest past glowing mushrooms, and discover the amazing underground worlds beneath basement floors and backyards. Fragile cave ecosystems provide a labyrinth of adventure, and take the plunge to explore the unique life deep in the world's oceans. Finally, discover how darkness has intrigued and influenced humans for thousands of years, and how we can help preserve fragile worlds without light. In The Dark was developed by the Cincinnati Museum Center.


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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.