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Our Weakening Web

Tentative dates: January 15 - May 29, 2022

Our Weakening Web: The Story of Extinction helps visitors understand the process of extinction as a natural occurrence over millions of years. Through the display of lifelike dioramas and interactive components that encourage hands-on learning, visitors will find out about the ecological relationships that bind all life forms together. The exhibition shows what is happening today and why environmental conservation is important. Our Weakening Web seeks to compel visitors to take action in their daily lives -- to promote preservation of the Earth's richness and biological diversity.

A beautiful combination of hand-crafted dioramas -- featuring scenes from prehistory to present day -- and interactive components that focus on environmental impact and advocacy, Our Weakening Web presents a timely, important topic in a fun and engaging fashion. The exhibition was developed by the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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Outreach to Space

Tentatively September 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022

The Outreach to Space exhibition provides cutting-edge space exploration content presented through fun and engaging bilingual exhibits. The individual stations were professionally designed and expertly made, built by the world-famous Exploratorium in San Francisco. Visitors can explore together to learn about the concepts of outer space: what is out there, how we get to outer space, what human life would need to survive in space and what the future of space exploration holds.

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Going Viral!

June 12 - September 12, 2021

A gallery of unique, educational banners, developed by two different institutions, highlights information about viruses and the Coronavirus Pandemic.

One set of banners explains what a virus is, how it spreads, and why it’s important for scientists in different countries to share information. When a novel viral outbreak occurs, the lack of information can be confusing and concerning. We often ask questions, such as “What’s different about this disease?” and “How can I protect myself?” Scientists have to work quickly to figure out the answers, but having some knowledge about viruses and vaccines can help to make the unknowns less daunting. The content also includes information about vaccines– what they are, how they work, and how they’re made.

The other set of images explores how NASA is helping with innovations to support a global response to the coronavirus and COVID-19. You can learn how NASA uses supercomputers to mimic the virus, why astronauts study vaccines in space and how NASA quarantines space station astronauts before and after missions. Gain a better understanding of how viruses work, how our bodies react to them, how viruses spread, and how to stay healthy.

The Science Behind the News: COVID-19 was created by the New York Hall of Science.
Mission: Control the Spread was created by NASA’s Space Center Houston.

 

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Nature Banners

Tentative dates January 16 - May 30, 2021

A gallery of brightly-colored, educational banners will introduce you to a variety of nature themes. 7 separate sections allow K-12 schools and general public to explore important conservation topics. Pollinators delves into the importance of bees and their decline in population. Wolves focuses on the 4 species in America, and their habitats and lives as predators. Elephants describes their behaviors, emotional and family lives, and poaching. Tiger will test your knowledge on fun facts such as why they have stripes, and how they are similar to house cats, as well as more serious topics like extinction. In Coral Reefs, you can learn how they are nurseries of the sea, and one of Earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Hammerhead, allows you to peek inside the behavior and physiology of one of the most unusual shark species. In The Rhinoceros and the Pangolin, you will explore a story of two strange mammals who share a common anatomical secret.

Nature Banners was created by The Paly Foundation.

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Turtle Travels

Tentative dates September 26, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Experience turtle migration in a giant board game. Track a hidden turtle using telemetry. See how shell shapes suit different lifestyles and habitats. Design a turtle-friendly housing development. Find out what a loggerhead sea turtle sees as it swims! Recognize that turtles and tortoises have various shell shapes and foot structures that are suited to their habitats. Learn how scientists locate turtles by using radio telemetry equipment that they attach to turtles’ shells.

Turtles and tortoises live in various habitats that are threatened by human activities, such as housing development and road construction. You can help these reptiles survive and migrate safely! By changing our behavior, we can help turtles and tortoises survive and migrate. We can keep turtles and their eggs safe from predators by disposing of garbage properly. You can help keep wild turtles and tortoises safe when you travel by recognizing and avoiding products made from these reptiles. You can be a responsible pet owner. 

Turtle Travels was created by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative.

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