Carnegie Science Center

Today we took a Spring Break trip to the Carnegie Science Center with the kids’ cousins, D9 and J6.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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It was really neat because they ended up working together to move the ball. Each kid manned one side of the cube.

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Next we moved upstairs to the robot hall. We also stopped in the miniature railroad exhibit.

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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).

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The kids experimented with several different types of rocket shapes. I think we could have stayed here all day.

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Next, we headed over to the SportsWorks complex.

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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. 😉

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