Monday, January 17, 2011

Corvette Museum Welcomes 'From Here to There' Science Exhibit

Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air at the National Corvette Museum’s new traveling exhibition, From Here to There, open now through April 16.

Lift, launch and levitate as you experiment with hands-on exhibits that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun. Ride a hovercraft to experience how air pressure works, adjust wind speed to form fabric into an airfoil, and float your sailboat to experiment with the effect of wind, rudder and sail positions.

Visitors can turn up the heat to launch a colorful hot air balloon, operate an authentic canal lock system to move a boat from one water level to the next, and experiment with pneumatics, pulleys, hydraulics and levers to see what kind of mechanical advantage works best.

From Here to There consists of twelve fun, interactive exhibits. “Each exhibit is designed to spark conversation and encourage interaction among families, friends and other museum visitors,” said Katie Frassinelli, Marketing Manager.

The 1,500 square foot exhibition is color-coded and divided into three main categories: transportation by land, sea and air.

At the Earthmovers exhibit, visitors can discover how simple machines can help move things across land. This ball-pit is fun for all ages, but is designed with the museum’s youngest visitors in mind.

Air Tubes allow visitors to send colored balls in a rushing channel of air from one station to another. Visitors can watch the balls as they dart across walls, over the exhibition entrance, and appear at the other station in record time.

In addition to exhibits like Waterways and Set Sail that explore transportation by water, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with exhibits that explain the principals of how things move.

Visitors can Feel the Friction as they try to move different weights across dirt, tracks and through water and Start Your Engines! to explore how internal combustion engines work to power anything from cars and airplanes to lawnmowers and snow blowers.

“We’re excited to bring this hands-on exhibit to Bowling Green,” said Kevin Carrico, PNC Regional Manager. “PNC’s Grow Up Great program offers educational opportunities to children everywhere, and From Here to There has activities families not only from south central Kentucky can enjoy, but also the many visitors who pass through our wonderful community.”

This exhibition will be on display through April 16, 2011 in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall. Discount tickets are available for the public at any Warren County PNC branch. Additionally, PNC customers may show a bankcard to receive discount admission.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center of Rochester, NY and the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY developed From Here to There as part of the Traveling Exhibits At Museums of Science (TEAMS) collaborative. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, From Here to There is sponsored locally by PNC.

The National Corvette Museum is a 501 (c)(3) educational non-profit organization located at I-65, exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Museum is open daily from 8am to 5pm CT.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, PNC operates more than 2,400 branches and 6,500 ATMs in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Warren County offers five branches and 8 ATMs for your banking needs. PNC’s Grow Up Great program is a 10-year, $100 million investment in school readiness to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.