The Museum and Railroad Historical Center located in Uptown Greenwood, SC is proud to announce a new partnership with The National Science Center Foundation. The partners have joined together to present a new interactive exhibit for Lakelands area citizens and tourists. Discovery Lab: An Interactive Experience will feature exciting exhibits such as a ride-on Gyrocycle, better known as a motorcycle. A Virtual Reality Soccer interactive exhibit and a Shadow Capture Wall, will create fun and educational opportunities for the whole family.
The new Discovery Lab will occupy The Museum's renovated lower level, where visitors can explore the Science of GPS, a Gravity Well, a Human Kaleidoscope, as well as an Air Cannon. Other exciting exhibits will be added to permanent and upcoming exhibits throughout the Museum as a result of this new partnership. Norwood R. Dennis, Executive Director of The National Science Center stated, "The children of Greenwood County will benefit in many ways from exposure to new hands-on science exhibits geared to enhance standard school curriculum.” In addition, The National Science Center Foundation has made it possible for The Museum to offer science activity kits for teachers in local schools. These kits will be available for teachers beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, and can be checked out at The Museum.
Stacey Thompson, Executive Director of The Museum and Railroad Historical Center, said that the new exhibits, made possible by this partnership, "would create an exciting hands-on learning environment where children and adults can broaden their knowledge of scientific principles while having a whole lot of fun!" Thompson said that The National Science Center Foundation's generosity will hopefully encourage a deeper community involvement in The Museum and a better understanding of science, history and the importance both have for our shared future. Many of the exhibits were featured at Fort Discovery Science Center in Augusta, Georgia and represent The Museum's new initiative to engage visitors with hands-on exhibits. Ann Skinner, Vice President of The Museum’s Board of Directors said, “One of my kids’ favorite day trips was to go to Fort Discovery in Augusta. We are glad to know that part of the science center is now in Greenwood. It is a great destination for field trips, scout meetings, and birthday parties.” The Museum’s Discovery Lab will undoubtedly captivate visitors and inspire the curious child in us all!
Discovery Lab: An Interactive Experience is a semi-permanent exhibit and will open on July 13, 2012. There will be a free public reception from 5:30-7:00 that evening at The Museum, located at 106 Main Street in Uptown Greenwood, SC.
For further questions or comments about this exhibit or The Museum and Railroad Historical Center, please visit www.greenwoodmuseum.org or contact Stacey Thompson at 864-229-7093 or via email at GreenwoodMuseumDirector@gmail.com.