The Maryland Science Center unveils two new permanent exhibits – a water play area and Science Aglow!
In Science Aglow, located on the 3rd floor of The Science Center, families can explore the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, with 25 T wheel and even a water-spitting crab! As they get their hands wet and play with their fellow visitors, they develop cognitive and social skills.
Features include a thermal camera, zoetrope, and phosphorescent shadow wall – kids can get hands on, viewing and manipulating the hidden electrons that fly through the universe when we’re listening to music, watching TV, microwaving popcorn and more.
The Kids Room is a space dedicated to learning through play, kids can check out a new, bigger water play with more interactive elements and a Chesapeake Bay themed area. Kids can direct the flow of water through pipes, spouts, fog, spigots, sprayers, water wheel and even a water-spitting crab! As they get their hands wet and play with their fellow visitors, they develop cognitive and social skills.
Both of these new experiences were designed and built by the Science Center’s in-house fabrication team and were funded as part of the institution’s $7.5 million capital campaign, “Revitalization for Today – Securing the Future!”
Shares Mark J. Potter, the President and CEO, “Science Aglow and the new water play demonstrate how our capital campaign is revitalizing our existing features and expand our educational offerings. And they align perfectly with our institution’s goal to make complex science concepts understandable for everyone.”
“In the Kids Room, we’ve built a bigger and better version of an early-childhood favorite that gives children a foundational understanding of physics. Science Aglow tackles a fascinating phenomenon we’ve yet to explore in the museum. We were missing an exploration of light – until now.”
“When did you learn that you can’t fill up a pipe?” said Pete Yancone, the Science Center’s Director of Education. “Did anyone have to teach you that? You learned it for yourself. The Kids Room water play is a whole series of experiments about materials, shapes and gravity. These lessons aren’t in a textbook or a video – kids have to experience it for themselves.”
Both exhibits are included with admission to the Science Center.