Opened in conjunction with and in celebration of Georgia’s 2nd Annual “Careers in Energy Week” was an exploration that demonstrated how energy makes change possible.
SPARKS: Understanding Energy, an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, explored many forms of energy with special emphasis on the science of electricity. The exhibition included demonstrations of radiant, thermal, gravitational, mechanical, chemical and electrical energy for visitors of all ages.
The interactive displays in the SPARKS exhibition were obtained in 2012 as part of an acquisition of items used in the former Fort Discovery National Science Center in Augusta, which was developed by the National Science Center. The 128,000-square-foot facility opened in 1997 and featured more than 250 hand-on exhibits that demonstrated various scientific concepts. In 2010, the organization announced a restructuring plan that included moving to a new headquarters in Washington, D.C. and closing Fort Discovery.
In 2011, the Museum of Arts and Sciences worked closely with Fort Discovery leadership in an effort to ensure that these educational assets remain in the state. Some of the interactive stations acquired by the Museum and displayed in the exhibition include gravity well, caternary arch, resonance tube, power generator and human gyroscope, among many others.
As part of our commitment to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math studies, the Museum is always excited to make these interactive displays available to the people of Central Georgia.
SPARKS: Understanding Energy was on display at the Museum of Arts and Sciences from October 13, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
Demonstrating how energy makes change possible
The Museum of Arts and Sciences gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors of this exhibition.
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