The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host “The Eureka Exhibition, An Interactive History of Science for Children,” an engaging historical exhibit that covers the major eras of scientific innovation throughout history using hands-on experiments and educational workbenches. This special exhibition, on display February 5 through May 10, 2018, is divided into three fascinating themes: Archimedes and the science of the Hellenistic Era; Ancient Rome, building an Empire described by Marcus Vitruvius; and Leonardo Da Vinci, the greatest genius of the Renaissance.
This unique, hand-crafted exhibition was developed by the Niccolai Group – Founders of the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence – and is traveling overseas from Italy to go on display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.
In this special exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci’s interactive machines, which have toured all over the major cities of the world, have been redesigned specifically for children. This educational workshop embraces the philosophy of the great master Leonardo himself, introducing activities such as Leonardo’s building blocks (items that look amazingly like Legos), simple gears, arched bridges, wooden stamps and more.
Also in this exhibition, the museum will take a look at the foundations of modern architecture and city design that was founded on Roman knowledge, as well as the science behind some of the incredible mechanical war machines which allowed the city of Rome to become the capital of one of the largest empires in antiquity. The creators of this exhibition studied the works of Marcus Vitruvius, author of the only known Roman text that has survived to the present day that focused on architecture and the science of engineering and weaponry. Interactive activities include building the roman arch, ball bearings and more.
The final theme in “The Eureka Exhibition” centers on Archimedes of Syracuse who first theorized his revolutionary discoveries in mathematics, geometry and physics, for the purpose of military weapons and civil engineering. This exhibition allows visitors to explore all of these topics as well as demonstrating how Archimedes’ contributions have enriched our knowledge in every field of modern science. Visitors will be immersed in 3D spiral models and making symmetrical shapes while being introduced the importance of geometry and mathematics in a practical and fun way.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History thanks Sandia National Laboratories as the sponsor for this exhibition. “The Eureka Exhibition” is included in the price of admission to the Museum and is on display February 5 through May 10, 2018.
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