MiSci unveils new interactive exhibits

September 22, 2017 07:52 PM

SCHENECTADY – It’s as simple as a couple of turns of the wheel and blast off!

Of course, it takes a lot more than that to propel a rocket into space but the basics of how it all works can be tested out at the newest MiSci exhibit in Schenectady.

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"You've got the air pump that you're turning mechanical energy into stored energy," said MiSci President Dr. William Sudduth.

"Underneath there's a reservoir that's filling up and the button releases the air and the bottle goes flying out,” added Jaime Hutchison, MiSci exhibit builder.

The result and lesson is what goes up must come down.

Over on the other side of the air rocket launcher, more STEM disciplines are being applied. An earthquake simulation shake table will challenge young minds to build the ultimate structure that doesn't collapse. The exhibit coincidentally comes on the heels of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico City this week.

"[It] helps people see why it's important to think about how you engineer your building, so that when forces of nature hit, it won't fall down,” said Sudduth.

Sponsored by GE, the wind and solar exhibit will allow visitors hands on learning of the basic principles of renewable energy.

"The climate is changing," Sudduth said. "Wind and solar are ways to be better stewards of our environment."

Whether it's testing the angles of solar panels, creating your own turbine test or getting to know topography of land and oceans in a sandbox, it's all at MiSci for you to experiment and learn.


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