Miami Museum of Science seeks to inspire people of all ages to enjoy science and technology to better understand themselves and the world. Through a variety of activities, event, and special exhibits, Miami Museum of Science encourages all visitors to enjoy their exhibits and take part in their activities.
Fabulous First Fridays
Taking place on July 6, August 3, and September 7, Fabulous First Fridays are evenings of lasers, music, stars, and more. There’s the Free Planetarium Star Show, rooftop viewing from atop the Observatory, and the famous laser light show, featuring music from The Beatles and Pink Floyd. There’s even the Space Gallery for hands-on activities and demonstrations as well as the Activity Room for the youngest ones in your family.
Heart Smart is a 1000-square-foot traveling exhibition in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Interactive, it engages visitors in heart health by encouraging them to report health habits and measure blood pressure, height, weight, and waist size.
A museum-based research project, the exhibit also invites visitors to contribute, anonymously, their own health and demographic data to actual research. Heart Smart is an innovative way of illustrating the benefits of scientific research and educating visitors about the prevention of heart disease.
At Moving Things, visitors learn the most efficient way to something from one place to another. Everything moves – Earth, the stars, cars, water, people, clouds, and sand. But how and why?
In Moving Things, participants test their brain vs. their brawn in this incredibly fun, educational hands-on exhibit, which focuses on how things get moved around from place to place – sometimes easily, sometimes not so much. This exhibit always springs surprises with a variety of special activities and subjects.
Traffic: The age-old traffic question: which is the best way to go: 10 miles by multi-lane freeway or half that on winding, two-lane back roads? In addition to distance, traffic is a major factor in picking the best way to go from point A to point B.
But what determines whether or not traffic moves smoothly or jams up? This exhibit gives visitors an idea. Using an exhibit akin to an air hockey table, visitors try to manage a flow of traffic by putting discs of different shapes and sizes in motion. The test is avoiding traffic jams, tailgating, and taking too much time.
Packing a Pallet: We all know how strangely efficient and easy it is to move things when they are packed uniformly onto a pallet. At this exhibit, visitors learn that packing and stacking with minimal gaps make all the difference. A fun activity to try is seeing how many of you and your friends can be packed inside a square meter!
Turntable: If you’ve been on a merry-go-round, you know what’s it like to try and get off while it’s still in motion. Why? In this exhibit, you’ll learn that rotating objects have unique properties, all of which can either get you going or knock you off your feet. Here, guests try placing rings, disks, and other spheres on a rotating turntable to see if the objects go where predicted. Truly unique fun that educates.
Packing Parcels: Not the same as packing a pallet. Here, participants pack a container as efficiently as possible in order to make as few trips as possible. A little time planning your packing saves time and effort in the long run. Test yourself to see if you can arrange the colored shapes into a solid block with no gaps.
Streamlines: We’ve all heard the term “streamlined”, but what does it mean? Moving objects through air or water takes energy, and the faster the motion and the bigger the object, the greater the resistance. Being streamlined means air or water flows past or over objects more easily, which saves energy. Participants place shapes in a stream of water at this exhibit to see which shapes the water flows around the fastest.
There is much more to see, do, and learn at the Miami Museum of Science. Visit http://www.miamisci.org/ to learn more.
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