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The Nature Of Things

Sponsored in-part by Bill and Carol Niezer

June 4 – September 11, 2016

The Nature of Things lets visitors explore the secret lives of honey bees, and the cool features and functions of insects. Educational exhibits will examine the fascinating behaviors of salamanders, and the amazing design of mammal teeth. Hands-on activity stations, bright interpretive signs, real specimens and video screens engage visitors of all ages as they learn about the natural world around us! What is beeswax and why is pollination important? What is a salamander and how is an amphibian different from a reptile? What are the life stages of a butterfly and what are some insect behaviors? What can a scientist learn from a skull and what are the feeding behaviors of mammals? The exhibition was developed by Purdue University.

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Roll, Drop, Bounce

January 22 – May 29, 2016

Physics roars to life when this touring exhibition rolls into town! Visitors roll, drop and bounce to investigate kinetic experiences and understand the science of how things move. The exhibits will inspire visitors to think up new experiments to try while they explore gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, kinetic energy, friction and momentum. Hands-on activities with ramps, loops, air currents and wheels will allow for fun discovery and provide concrete understanding. Design a car! Make a roller coaster! Test a helicopter design! Roll, Drop, Bounce is an active learning laboratory that invites visitors to think and ask questions. The exhibition was developed by NRG! Exhibits.

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Amazing Maize

Tentative Dates:  September 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Maize explores the science of how maize has evolved over thousands of years to become one of our most significant crops, and why it continues to surprise us today. What is maize? Why is it important? How has it changed? Visitors will learn the answers to these questions, and also explore some of the newest discoveries in modern science. Come and learn about the genetic research that helps scientists to better explain the evolution of this crop and how that knowledge can improve everyday life, at both a local and global level. A walk-through maze will allow visitors to understand interesting information about popcorn, such as the history of popcorn, and why popcorn pops. The exhibition was developed by Purdue University Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, and the Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution.

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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. 

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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.

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