Today we took a Spring Break trip to the Carnegie Science Center with the kids’ cousins, D9 and J6.
We saw the IMAX movie To The Arctic.
An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, “To The Arctic” tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
Then we explored the Center. We saw the high-tech medical exhibit on the first floor.
This was a really fun exhibit. The kids could try out different technologies, like ultrasounds and lasers, in a variety of game-like displays that had them removing tumors and looking for diseased tissue. I liked that they not only saw how the technologies worked, but also how they are applied.
This exhibit was supposed to simulate arthroscopic surgery. The kids had to use a variety of shaped tools to move a ball through the 3-D maze inside this plexiglass cube:
It was really neat because they ended up working together to move the ball. Each kid manned one side of the cube.
Next we moved upstairs to the robot hall. We also stopped in the miniature railroad exhibit.
Our favorite spot, though, was the rockets exhibit. They have stations set up where patrons can build and set off miniature rockets (most are pneumatic).
The kids experimented with several different types of rocket shapes. I think we could have stayed here all day.
Next, we headed over to the SportsWorks complex.
We finished up with a quick trip to the gift shop. I know it was a successful day because, as soon as we got on the highway, I saw four sleeping kids in the rearview mirror. 😉