Mars in 3D!

A New Perspective on Mars

June 19, 2012 - September 1, 2012

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe is Europe’s first mission to another planet. Since 2004, a stereo camera designed and built by Germany’s space agency, the German Aerospace Center, has been mapping the entire Red Planet and producing colorful, high resolution images. Six natural forces that have significantly formed Mars over billions of years – volcanism, water, ice, erosion, wind, and tectonics – are the focus of the exhibition. Suspended throughout the exhibition are enormous photographs, and with the help of red-blue glasses, visitors will see Mars like they have never been able to before – in 3-D! These images are supplemented with bilingual interpretive signs in English and German with a vast amount of information about the Red Planet, its moons and exploration efforts. The Mars exhibition was developed by the German Aerospace Center, (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR). Sponsored in part by Frontier Communications and Evans Toyota.










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January 14, 2012 - June 3, 2012

"There is something in a treasure that fastens upon a man's mind...He will never forget it..."
- Nostromo (from Nostromo by Joseph Conrad)

treasureTreasure is a word that stirs the imagination of everyone of every age. An educational and entertaining exhibit for museums and science/technology centers, Treasure! explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting, the technology employed in hunting treasure, as well as the people and personalities that hunt for treasure—including your visitors.

The educational purpose of the exhibition is to investigate these key ideas: What is treasure? Who hunts for treasure? Why do they hunt treasure? How do people hunt for treasure? On a personal level, the exhibit also provokes the question, what do you treasure? Treasure hunts within the exhibit invite the visitors to be active participants.

Treasure! has seven thematic areas, including underwater treasure, treasures in the attic, buried treasure, gold rushes, protecting treasure, treasure in popular culture, and the modern treasure hunt. A dozen hands-on activities allow the visitor to try tools of treasure hunting and investigate treasures. Special exhibit features include actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure site.

Visit http://www.xsnrg.com/treasure!/index2.html for activities and more information on this exhibition!


LIGO: Astronomy's New Messengers:

Listening To the Universe With Gravitational Waves

Sept 9, 2011 - January 9, 2012

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916 as part of the theory of general relativity. In Astronomy's New Messengers, you have the opportunity to increase your understanding of astronomy and the science of gravitational waves. LIGO, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is a revolutionary new kind of telescope designed and built to observe, for the first time, ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by massive cosmic events. This amazing interactive exhibition allows you to have a close look at a laser interferometer, try a space-time curvature simulation, mimic the curvature of space-time by experimenting with different masses, play a black hole hunter game, and even see a mirror from the real LIGO.

The exhibition is presented by the University of Mississippi, and was originally funded by the National Science Foundation. 















Bible Times Tech

June 6, 2011 - August 18, 2011

An interactive exhibition on the technology of ancient Israel and the Middle East. See what life was like 3,000 years ago! Hands-on exhibits and unique artifacts will allow visitors to play ancient board games, write in ancient letters, make music, be a shepherd, grind wheat, and more. Come and see what has changed since 1,000 B.C. The exhibition was developed by SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, IL.

A traveling exhibit of the SciTech Science Center, Aurora, IL.

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Our Weakening Web

January 29, 2011 - May 9, 2011

Our Weakening Web: The Story of Extinction helps visitors understand the process of extinction as a natural occurrence over millions of years. Through the display of life-like dioramas and interactive components that encourage hands-on learning, visitors will find out about the ecological relationships that bind all life forms together. The exhibition shows what is happening today and why environmental conservation is important. Our Weakening Web seeks to compel visitors to take action in their daily lives -- to promote preservation of the Earth's richness and biological diversity.

A beautiful combination of hand-crafted dioramas--featuring scenes from prehistory to present day--and interactive components that focus on environmental impact and advocacy, Our Weakening Web presents a timely, important topic in a fun and engaging fashion. The exhibition was developed by the Cincinnati Museum Center.