Opens September 28 - January 5, 2014
Step into the world of ancient Egypt in this fully immersive exhibit. Through dynamic displays, interactive multimedia, and hands-on learning stations, students will discover how scientists are using modern technology to piece together the puzzle of this lost civilization. Inspect art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt, including a real human mummy; decipher hieroglyphics; excavate and reconstruct artifacts; examine mummified remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists and forensic scientists; and learn about the daily life, culture and beliefs in ancient Egyptian society.
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science was develped by COSI in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative and was built by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Artifacts are on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences, Photography © 2008 Brad Feinknopf, Mummy scans © 2005 Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortuim.
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Opens September 28, 2013
Meet Megalodon, a 60-foot-long prehistoric super shark that once cruised the world's oceans. Related to the modern great white and make sharks, Megalodon was a dominant marine predator for years before vanishing from existence. Through aritfacts, hands-on learning centers and life-size models of a variety of sharks students will explore concepts of biology, life cycles, conservation, and aquatic science while discovering how Megalodon's rich history is impacting shark conservation efforts today.
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with support from the National Science Foundation.
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From a giant tennis ball launcher to a table top parabola, Bounce reveals how much there is to learn from a simple sphere. The exhibit features 35 hands-on learning stations which rotate on and off the exhibit floor providing students with new learning opportunities during every visit. A favorite with scientists of all ages, Bounce allows students to discover concepts of geometry, optics, sound, force, motion, acceleration, inertia, simple machines, planetary motion and more.
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Opens January 5, 2014
Children in grades Pre-K through 2 grade become movers and shakers in Little Builders! Students begin by putting on hard hats and construction vests and then set off to explore concepts of construction, motion, simple machines, aerodynamics and physics through creative play and hands-on learning stations. The Construction Zone lets students' imaginations run wild as they build structures with blocks, pipes, Duplo® blocks and gears while learning about size, weight, shape, balance, gravity and stability.
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Opens January 25, 2014 - May 6, 2014
LEGO® Castle Adventure transports students to a kindgom where they become master castle builders by building their ideal castle and planning its defenses; learning about real-world castles and their construction secrets; and exploring the king and queen's castle, complete with secret passageways. Students can dress up in costume; joust on "horseback"; attempt to build a catapult-proof wall and test it with a giant LEGO® catapult; and more! LEGO® Castle Adventure investigates concepts of force, motion, simple machines, physics, measurement, algebra, geometry, and world history. The exhibit is also an ideal tool for exploring both nonfiction and fantasy literary genres.
Produced by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with LEGO Systems, Inc. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2013 The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.
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Giant Worlds takes students on a tour of the "gas giants" - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - and explores some of their most fascinating mysteries: enormous hurricanes that last for centuries; moons that harbor vast ocenas below an icy surface; and magnetic enviroments that can generate massive storms of charged particles. This hands-on exhibit provieds students with an in-depth look at each of the outer planers and exlores what scientists have learned about these immense giants. A final stop at What's Next? reveals new missions NASA has planned for further research on the gas giants.
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Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages students in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introducing real world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Students discover how different materials behave as they get smaller, work to build a giant nanatube and compare effects of static electricity and gravity on different sized objects.
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Imagination Playground is designed to inspire student-directed learning. Giant blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, oversized cogs, wheels, spools and tubes stimulate creativity in students of all ages and inspire them to invent their own ways to play. Students work together to create orginal structures and make up their own stories, rules and games. Younger learners practice skills such as hand-eye coordication; fine motor development; spatial awareness and foundational math and science thinking while older students experiment with concepts of force, inertia, gravity, simple machines, measurment and geometry.
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The Space Gallery
Located just outside the Space Theater, The Space Gallery is dedicated to exploring weather conditions on Earth and beyond. Multimedia presentations reveal real-time data regarding weather conditions on Earth and explore the science of common weather phenomena. Interactive displays examine space weather concepts such as auroras, solar flares and cosmic rays and uncover their effect on the Earth.
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You Are Here, located just inside the main lobby, introduces students to our place in the universe. Graphic displays, multimedia presentatiosn and interactive exhibits reveal our community location from large to small. Beginning at The Galaxy, students visit progressively smaller community groups and end their journey at Microvision which provides an up close view of the tiniest cellular communities.
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Designed for our youngest scientists, KinderStudio is a permanent exploration space for students in Pre-K through 1st grade. Interactive, imaginative play areas feature a climbing structure, tumbling space with mats, a lighted performace stage, hands-on manipulatives (blocks, tubes, and toys) and raw materials for creative play (i.e. shells, pine cones and popsicle sticks).
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