On Wednesday Kathryn and I went to the Arizona Science Center. We have a membership to the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. This gives us reciprocal benefits at other science museums around the country. This is a great deal and allows us to incorporate interesting field trips into Kathryn’s science curriculum.
As with many of the places we visit, there is never enough time to see it all. This was no exception. The facility is huge with four floors dedicated to getting kids excited about science. Our challenge was deciding what to see with our limited time.
The entire first floor was dedicated to the human body. Several exhibits helped kids understand things like what makes us sneeze, how do our joints fit together, and how our eyes can deceive us (a very cool interactive display of optical illusions.) These areas used a question/answer format.
You could also experience a bed of nails, a spinning top, a climbing wall, and, for the very brave, the chance to ride a bicycle on a rope stretched across an open space over the first floor.
On a hot day, there was one more area that was fun to explore: the water patio.
This area was dedicated to water and how it works. It had a motion machine where water supplied the energy. Another area allowed the kids to create their own water flows using peices of piping and variously constructed joints. Alas, the drum set in the foreground was a non working exhibit during our visit. It may have given a new definition to water music.
On this trip we could only cover the first two floors. This museum also includes an IMAX theatre and special exhibits on display for a limited time. We didn’t make it to either one of these but the trip was fun filled and actoin packed none the less.