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A visitor favorite, Science Park’s eclectic array of interactive exhibits lets you explore such concepts as lights & lasers, sound & waves, electricity & magnetism, fundamental forces, and simulation. Make "waves" at the giant 56 foot echo tube or tap out a tune on pipes of pan.
Race your friends on the 70ft pinewood derby track or take to the air on our flight simulator. Discover the power of light, and make your own mini-laser show. There are also new open-ended exhibits that invite visitors to imagine, create, and construct various inventions from paper flying machines to structures from PVC pipe.
Science Park also features a variety of live shows and demonstrations that complement and enhance the topics in the exhibit. We’re always creating new exhibits for Science Park, so check our website articles for news.
18 January 2010
Posted in Science Park
Needless to say, there's been a lot of news coverage regarding the earthquake in Haiti and your kids might be wondering what happened. We found this description on a web site called weatherwizkids.com. It's run by a meterologist at an Indianapolis TV station, Crystal Wicker. It's designed for kids and is a great way to explain earthquakes to your little ones.
"There are about 20 plates along the surface of the earth that move continuously and slowly past each other. When the plates squeeze or stretch, huge rocks form at their edges and the rocks shift with great force, causing an earthquake. Think of it this way: Imagine holding a pencil horizontally. If you were to apply a force to both ends of the pencil by pushing down on them, you would see the pencil bend. After enough force was applied, the pencil would break in the middle, releasing the stress you have put on it. The Earth's crust acts in the same way. As the plates move they put forces on themselves and each other. When the force is large enough, the crust is forced to break. When the break occurs, the stress is released as energy which moves through the Earth in the form of waves, which we feel and call an earthquake."
For more on this, visit the website at weatherwizkids.com.