Evolving Universe:

From the Smithsonian Institution

Tentative Dates: May 23 - September 13, 2015

The Evolving Universe allows visitors to take a journey from our Earth to the far reaches of space. Explore how stars and galaxies – and even the universe itself - change from birth to maturity to death. Full color, high-resolution photographs, interpretive explanation from illustrated text panels, and unique video captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the cosmos as seen through high-powered terrestrial and orbiting telescopes. The exhibition is an exciting introduction to all we know today about cosmology – and the amazing technologies we use to attain that knowledge.

The Evolving Universe is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The original exhibition was made possible by The Windland Smith Rice Nature’s Best Photography Fun.Science Central’s presentation of The Evolving Universe is sponsored by Indiana Space Grant Consortium and Frontier Communications. 





Expedition Earth

January 10, 2015 - May 17, 2015

Expedition Earth greets visitors with the sights and sounds of the world's biomes, including tundra, grasslands, deserts, forests, and aquatic. Dozens of hands-on activities engage visitors of all ages as they learn about habitats, systems, species diversity, adaptation, and more. The five research tents allow visitors to use scientists' tools and equipment, learning how they record and utilize their data. Huge photos and videos from around the world draw the visitors into each scene where they are joined by colorful characters from the Adventures of Riley book series. Exploring the world by peeking, poking, prodding, and building, Expedition Earth is great learning fun for all! The exhibition was developed by NRG! Exhibits.








Marvelous Molecules

September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Amoebas, crabs, willow trees, elephants, whales and people all look different on the outside, but inside, billions and billions of molecules interact in similar ways to carry out common life functions—moving, sensing, defending and reproducing. Likewise, the variety of different molecules found in living things is vast, but these molecules are all based on combinations of only 25 different atoms. In Marvelous Molecules: The Secret of Life, a series of exhibit stations, computer interactives, and hands-on models, invite visitors to explore how and why these different interactions happen by breaking life down into smaller and smaller parts and revealing the similarities and differences among life-forms in this world. The exhibition was developed by the New York Hall of Science.






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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