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The Museum of Discovery and Science
If ever you visit Fort Lauderdale and you have a few hours to spare then one place I can fully recommend is The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale was built to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. There quite a number of exhibits in the museum and below is a list of the ones that you can experience.
The Minerals rock exhibit has a combination of rocks and minerals including Pyrite, Adamite, Malachite Slice and Amethyst.
Runways to Rockets is an interactive experience that gives you a better understanding of the importance of space exploration and how scientists learn about the universe. Here you find out how astronomers use radio waves and light to gather information about the universe, launch a space vehicle, and discover how much force it takes to escape Earth’s gravity. Aviation Station is an addition Runways Rockets. The 4, 000-square-foot addition is the second phase of the exhibit and will provide hands-on, interactive aviation experiences. Visitors will learn how airplanes fly by exploring the forces of flight. You can get into the captain’ s seat and pretend to fly a real DC-9 commercial airliner or transform yourself into a bird by putting on wings and stepping into a giant wind tunnel so you can see what it feels like to fly, its well worth a try for all the family.
The Great Gravity Clock is Florida’s biggest kinetic energy sculpture, Located in the Museum’ s Grand Atrium, this unique timepiece is one of only three in the world. The way it works is you observe the three slightly tilted rails just below the face of the clock. These are the Minute rail, the Ten-minute rail, and the Hour rail. A ball rolls onto a rail with every minute that passes, every ten minutes, and every hour. Because each ball represents an increment of time, the Great Gravity Clock is a digital clock. Each minute, a ball moves around the face of the clock and is released onto the digital rails. Gravity takes over causing the balls to travel the rails.
Florida’s Ecoscapes is a fascinating display, if your into your eco systems then pay attention to this Bi-level Ecology exhibit. The exhibit features hundreds of living plants, animals and habitats including one of the largest living captive Atlantic coral reefs on public display. This immersive exhibit teaches important environmental lessons, including the crucial role humans play in the delicate balance of Florida’s ecosystems.
Living in the Everglades exhibit features interactive kiosks that demonstrate the historical and present flow of water in the Everglades, the effect of human development on the Everglades and the scope of the Restoration Project. The exhibit also includes an 11, 000 square foot outdoor nature trail that showcases the various ecosystems found in Florida.
If you have young children up to the age of seven then one place to take them is The Discovery Centre, it’s a place where kids can climb a tree, build a wacky wall and hoist a sail.
Another exhibit is simply called Sound, here you can discover the science of sound in a huge musical Kaleidoscope. The final exhibit is called Gizmo, here you can play Virtual Volleyball, program a robot or even lift a 300 pound engine.
I can fully recommend the The Museum of Discovery and Science as a fun day for all the family. The price for admission is $10. 00 for adults and $8. 00 for children between the ages of 2 and 12.
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