Learn how Ka-Ching used to be more like Ka-Thud at
the Museum of Discovery and Science when the new Moneyville
Exhibit Opens May 28, 2004
Fort Lauderdale, May 21, 2004 - Money
isnt just dollars and cents.
Aztecs used chocolate for money, and Yap islanders used
500-lb. stones! So what is money and how
does it work? Take a trip to Moneyville opening May 28, 2004
at the Museum of Discovery and Science and find out. Take
a tour of moneys many forms and functions, and discover
how it has dramatically changed throughout history.
of currency from pounds to pesos, put your face on a million
dollar bill, run your own lemonade stand, and even play the
stock market. Youll start to see money in a whole new
way. Moneyville is sponsored locally by Washington Mutual.
WERE IN THE MONEY!
Moneyville uses the fascinating subject of money to build
math skills and economic expertise in a fun, immersive setting.
The colorful city includes a bank, store, anti-counterfeiting
lab, stock market, and international port.
Here you can create
your own money, explore anti-counterfeiting measures,
and see what a million dollars looks like. Throughout the
exhibit, youll discover how money is made, spent, earned,
and saved, and how it connects people around the world. Youll
explore the history, science and culture behind coins and
currency and start to see money in a whole new way.
DOLLARS AND SENSE
In todays world economy, building a strong foundation
of math skills has never been more important. The average
American carries nearly $9,000 in credit card debt, according
to a 2001 report by the Consumer Federation of America,
and consequently the average U.S. family is spending more
$1,000 per year in interest and fees. Obviously, everyone
stands to gain from learning how to be more money-savvy,
and smart money management begins with good math skills.
MATH AND MONEY
A recent study by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
reveals that many students are not learning the mathematics
they need in school. Thats where Moneyville comes
in. Whiz-bang computer games, a multitude of video screens,
eye-popping graphics engage kids (and adults) in a variety
of hands-on activities that show them that using math is
They see that the system of economics is really about
making choices and learning from the consequences of those
choices, and they leave the exhibit with valuable problem-solving
skills they can use every day.
Moneyville was made possible by the generous support of
the National Science Foundation, the James F. and Marion
Foundation and The NASDAQ Stock Market Educational Foundation,
Inc. The exhibit was created and is toured by the Oregon
Museum of Science and Industry. MONEYOPOLIS is a registered
trademark of Ernst & Young. The MONEYVILLE trademark
is used under license.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is
to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning
for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and
films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the
serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.
The Museum is open seven days per week, Monday through
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from
noon to 6:00
p.m. with extended IMAX hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.
General admission prices are $14.00 for adults; $13.00
for seniors; $12.00 for children 3 to 12. Children under
free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to
the Museum exhibits and one IMAX film.
The Museum of Discovery
and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about
the Museum, visitors should call (954) 467-MODS (6637)
visit our web site at
ABOUT THE BLOCKBUSTER IMAX THEATER
The Blockbuster IMAXTheater owned and operated by the Museum
of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300-seat
theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture
The Blockbuster IMAXTheater features a 60 ft. x 80 ft.
screen and a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers
discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers.
IMAX projectors 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images
of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high
screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D
films are viewed using electronic headsets or our new kid friendly
glasses. The IMAX experience is an unparalleled fusion of
sight and sound. For show times, visitors should call 954-463-IMAX