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Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity - A Hair-Raising Exhibit on Display

February 05, 2015

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will bring science fun and the history of electricity to life through an engaging, hands-on special exhibition, “Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity.” This interactive exhibit focusing on the wonders of electricity will be on display at the Museum, January 31 through April 26, 2015.

“Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity” will appeal to visitors of all ages and will explore the fundamental principles of electricity while providing a fun environment in which visitors will learn how electricity is created and explore the fuel sources needed to generate electricity.

“Just as Benjamin Franklin engaged in hands-on experimentation with electricity, our Museum visitors will, too,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “Whether our guests are creating lightning in a tube or building a simple transformer to create light, they will be able to safely examine electricity while also exploring the dynamic role it plays in the world around us.”

This temporary exhibit focuses on key topics in science and history while inviting guests to engage in the past in a very unique way. The exhibit includes activities such as sending coded messages through Morse Code, manipulating a compass using electricity, generating enough power to illuminate a light bulb, becoming a human battery and more.

Created by the Franklin Institute, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this special exhibit analyzes electrical phenomena, explores authentic artifacts and tackles questions of sustainable energy. “Electricity: Spark Your Curiosity,” the special exhibit held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, is sponsored by Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. 

Presidents Day Camp - February 19

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Eureka: Simple Machines & Physics Edition" on February 19 for Presidents Day. In this one-day break from school, students 6-12 years old will build super structures using their own creativity, basic design principles and simple machines. They will also learn about the properties of building shapes and materials through hands-on experimentation.

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Discover STEM Day - Saturday, February 10

On Saturday, February 10, from 10 am to 3 pm, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will welcome families and Scouts for a day of engineering fun! Visitors will experience the finest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). All activities are kid-friendly, completely interactive and designed to spark interest in the scientific fields of science and engineering.

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Einstein Gala - Saturday, March 31

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

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