Close Encounters of the Strange Kind
Museum of Discovery and Science This Summer!
The Adventure Begins June 11, 2004
Lauderdale, May 25, 2004 The Museum of Discovery
and Science visitors are in for a double dose of strange this
summer with the new IMAX® film, Alien Adventure 3D,
and a new exhibit, Strange Matter, both will open on June
11, 2004 and run through the summer. Museum visitors can
take amusement park rides with aliens through the power
of IMAX®, discover the amazing world of modern materials,
experience cool, hands-on demonstrations presented by Material
Researchers from Motorolas Advance Product Technology
Center, and watch Science Café chefs whip up gooey
Alien Adventure 3D is a wacky blend of amusement park
ride, sci-fi adventure and comedy that will please
the whole family.
The premise of writer/director Ben Stassen's mind-blowing
effort is that goofy aliens, in search of a new home, drop
by Earth to check us out.
Only problem is they set
down at a newly constructed theme park, unaware that the
architecture represents not our highly evolved society
but our obsession with being entertained. These
soon find themselves experiencing a series of thrill
rides that send them hurtling through a variety of eerie
(a toboggan careens through a snow-packed Arctic maze,
a flying carpet whips through an Arabian nights
by a genie, a submarine explores the ocean floor, a roller
coaster roars on tracks laid through a child's bedroom
so oversized we feel we've been reduced to the
size of a toy
soldier). Find out if extraterrestrials enjoy earthly entertainment
in this 3D family adventure.
Come explore Strange Matter our new interactive exhibition
that explores the bizarre world of modern materials
and material science. Youll uncover the surprising science behind
everyday stuff. High-tech fields like the space program are
known for their use of advanced materials, but these materials
have also found their way into the stuff of everyday life from
car shock absorbers and x-ray machines to DVD players and
golf clubs. Play with liquids that defy gravity and morph
Strange Activities June 11 - 13, July 10, August 7,
Liquid Magnets 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Discover the amazing world of ferro-fluids. See how liquid magnets
and other similar matter benefit different technologies, and learn
own liquid magnets at home.
Slimey Science 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Learn about the messy science of polymers. Watch our Science Cafe Chefs
whip up crazy concoctions like slime and a mysterious goo we call OOBLECK.
The Strange Matter exhibition and its tour are made possible by the
generous support of the National Science Foundation, Alcan, Dow, Ford
Fund, Intel® Innovation in Education, and the 3M Foundation.
Strange Matter was designed and fabricated by the Ontario
Science Centre and is presented by the Materials
Research Society, a not-for-profit
scientific association founded in 1973 to promote interdisciplinary,
research on materials
of technological importance. The Society includes more than 12,500
scientists from industry, government, academia and research laboratories
United States and nearly 50 other countries.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide
experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children
and adults through
exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center,
facility 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
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 3
are free. A General
Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one
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) or visit our web site at
ABOUT THE BLOCKBUSTER® IMAX® THEATER
The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater 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 technology. The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater features a 60
ft. x 80 ft. screen and a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six
discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers.
The 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 (4629).