By Victor J. Danilov
Hands-on technology facilities are certainly one of America's most recent and hottest sorts of museums. starting with a heritage of the technology heart circulation within the usa, this publication then provides particular entries on greater than 260 museums and websites the place the traveling public can contact, deal with, and engage with indicates or gadgets in unique and academic methods. every one access contains a description of the center's hands-on indicates, courses, and occasions, in addition to touch info, hours, and price ticket details. The publication includes seventy five pictures of the shows in motion.
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Unlike most other attractions that were closed after the fair, the Hall of Science remained open with its focus o n science ﬁ ction. However, it c losed in 1979 fo r majo r r enovations and redirection. When it reopened in 1984 under the direction of physicist Alan Friedman, it was a co ntemporary science and tec hnology museum with hands-on exhibits and other improvements. (General)—Early and the env ironment; “ Marvelous MoleculesThe Secret of Life,” which examines the shared chemistry of all living things; “Mathematica: A World of N umbers,” the ﬁ rst interactive math exhibit that encourages visitors to explore topology, sy mmetry, and geo metry; “ Realm of the Atom,” featuring the ﬁrst 3D dynamic model of an atom magniﬁ ed one bill ion t imes; “S eeing the Light,” devoted to color, light, and perception; “The Search for Life Beyond the Ear th,” which compares the env ironments on Ear th, Mars, and Europa and demo nstrates some of the o rganisms that l ive in extr eme env ironments; and “The Sports Challenge,” where visitors can test their sporting skills while learning about the science behind sports.
The science center a lso has an educ ation program with youth, sc hool, group, famil y, and prof essional development programs; laboratory experiments; and o nline and outr each offerings. Another attraction is an IMAX theater that presents science ﬁlms on a seven-story screen. The California Science Center in Exposition Park in Los Angeles is located at a site that has had several lives. It is wher e the State Exposition Building opened in 1912 to display agriculturally based display s of the state ’s nat ural resources and industr ial products.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and photographer Randy Wilder. Right: This gyro exhibit is one of the hands-on act ivities at the S mithsonian Institution’s National Air and S pace Museum in W ashington. T he museum is one of the most popular in the nation, with an annual attendance of o ver 5 million. The museum was created as the National Air Museum in 1946, moved into its present building on the Mall with the new name in 1976, and opened the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as a branch museum at Dulles International Airport in 2003.