New Energy Exhibit at Rochester Museum and Science Center, NY
Submitted by Deborah Massey
What is energy? Where does it come from and how do we use it? What does the future hold for our energy needs, and what can we do to make a difference? Students explore these questions and more in ENERGIZE it, a new exhibition at the Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester, NY. This fully interactive exhibition has students cycle, push and pump to generate power and discover the outcome – wind blows, water flows and lights shine. Energy sources, forms and transformations are presented in a way that engages the whole body so that students can truly feel the energy required to power their world, and understand the choices they can make to impact the future. The exhibition is supported by a free downloadable educator toolkit with differentiated lesson plans across grades K-12.
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Established in 1912, RMSC is now a multi-faceted educational organization with campuses in Rochester and Naples, NY. The 13-acre city campus includes: the Museum; Strasenburgh Planetarium; Monroe #1 BOCES Challenger Learning Center and Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory programs. The Museum has more than 68,000 square feet of public learning space on three floors with five classrooms/lunch rooms, exhibit space, and theater presentation space for hands-on exhibitions that explore our region's cultural heritage, science and technology. Rochester is the birthplace of such industrial leaders as Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Corning Glass, and Eastman Kodak. These pioneering industries represent a sample of the over 1.2 million artifacts in the RMSC's collection. Today, having resisted the trend toward all-"canned" full-dome shows, the Planetarium combines live interaction with the audience under the Planetarium stars with in-house-produced multimedia segments based on NASA missions and other current topics.