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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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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.

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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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