Touring Exhibition From Here to There Zooms into Montshire
May 29, 2008
For Immediate Release
NORWICH, VT. --Trains, planes, boats, automobiles, and many other modes of transportation were designed over the ages to convey travelers ever more rapidly from point "A" to point "B." Explore the science behind different methods of locomotion when the traveling exhibition From Here to There zooms into the Montshire on June 14!
Some of its eleven exhibit stations explore how humans have harnessed natural phenomena like wind and water to get us moving. Set Sail challenges you to glide sailboats through the water by altering rudder and sail positions; change the wind direction for a new challenge as you navigate to the next "port." Water Ways illustrates how large cargo ships move through a canal. Operate an authentic lock system as you move your boat through different water levels.
Other exhibits show how forces like magnetism and air pressure can be harnessed for locomotion. MagLev (for "magnetic levitation") is a terrific demonstration of how trains, levitated by strong magnetic fields, "float" in the air and travel at amazing speeds. Sit down, strap yourself in, and take a ride on the amazing Hovercraft. Feel yourself lift off over a cushion of air that lets you twist, turn, and travel with ease across the floor. Accompanying interactive components also let you explore how air pressure makes a real hovercraft work.
Give it a Lift shows how many machines provide a mechanical advantage to transport passengers. Lift identical weights using pneumatics, pulleys, hydraulics and levers. Which is the easiest to lift? How can you lift the weight using less effort? Feel the Friction illustrates a force that causes things that move across land, air, or water to slow down. Try moving different weights across soil, along train tracks, or through the water. Which one takes less effort?
From Here to There was developed by The Rochester Museum and Science Center of Rochester, N.Y., and the Sciencenter of Ithaca, N.Y., as part of the Traveling Exhibits At Museums of Science (TEAMS) collaborative, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This local appearance is sponsored by Geokon, Inc. The exhibition will be on display through September 7 and is free with Museum admission.
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on science center located on 110 acres in Norwich, Vermont. Visitors will enjoy more than 100 interactive exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, technology, and more. The Montshire is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).