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New Exhibit Rolling into the Museum this February

December 31, 2013

The active learning exhibition, “Roll, Drop, Bounce: The Science of Motion,” will introduce kinetic and hands-on experiences to ball-tossing, wheel-spinning visitors of all ages. The 1,500 square foot exhibit will open on February 1, 2014, and the 11 interactive stations will invite visitors to explore physics and the science of motion at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque.

“Roll, Drop, Bounce” demonstrates physics principles such as momentum, velocity, elasticity and acceleration in a fun and kid-friendly environment. Visitors are invited to engage in a variety of experiences that encourage creative tinkering including catapults, Newton’s cradle, moving on air currents, designing and building cars and more.

“This exhibit presents the basics of physics on a level that everyone will be able to enjoy,” said Jim Walther, Director of the Museum. “Everyone from kids to teachers will appreciate this experiential exhibit, as well as the unique opportunity it provides for open-ended exploration and concrete understanding.”

Sponsors for this special exhibit include Albert I. Pierce Foundation, Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Michael A. Emerson & Kathryn Naassan and PNM Resources Foundation.  Roll, Drop, Bounce will be on display at the Museum through April 27, 2014.

“Discover STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) Day,” an annual family event at the Museum, will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 10 am to 3 pm; it will provide even further understanding of the world of physics and the science of motion. Admission to both “Roll, Drop, Bounce” and “Discover STEM Day” is included in the price of admission to the Museum.

Groups of 10 or more can reserve a tour for both “Roll, Drop, Bounce” and “Discover STEM Day”. These should be booked in advance by calling the Museum at 505-245-2137, extension 103; groups can visit for $5 per person.

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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