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Energy Science Saturdays, sponsored by Florida Power & Light, at the Museum of Discovery and Science this summer.


June 1, 2007 Fort Lauderdale – Learn the science behind energy with Energy Science Saturdays, sponsored by Florida Power & Light, at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Join our electrifying Museum staff members and take part in exciting activities and peculiar presentations for a hands-on, learning experience.

Energy Science Saturdays will take place on the following dates:
June 16, 23, & 30 - July 7 & 21 - August 4, 11, & 18, 2007

Dino Chalk Art: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chalk is a porous type of limestone formed by the remains of micro-organisms over millions of years. Help decorate the Museum’s grand atrium with your own unique chalk drawings, and remember … the chalk in your art was created by micro-organisms that were alive during the time of the dinosaurs, just as the energy we use to power our lives comes from fossil fuels.

Cookie Coal Mine: 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Coal is a fossil fuel, just like petroleum oil. Coal is formed from ancient prehistoric plants and vegetation that undergo massive change over time. Learn how coal is produced and mined from the earth. This edible activity will get you all fueled up on cookie power!

Are Dinosaurs really Extinct?: 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Due to the extinction of the dinosaurs all we have left of them are their fossils. These fossils allow us to look back in time and figure out just how these mega-reptiles looked and lived millions of years ago. You may have heard the term 'fossil fuels' before, but does that mean that we are running our cars and home on the remains of the dinosaurs? During this presentation, we will explore the past, present, and future of energy.

Science Café Summer Special: Electricity and Me: 2:30 p.m.
What is electricity? Are there different kinds of electricity? Where does it come from? These questions and more will be answered during this electrifying demonstration. We will also explore the future of energy production and how it will affect you, and generations to come.

In addition to taking part in Energy Science activities, visitors can experience the power of IMAX in Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, which is also sponsored locally by Florida Power & Light. Dinosaurs Alive! 3D showcases the exhilaration of dinosaur exploration and discovery. Audiences will join paleontologists as they excavate, prepare, and ultimately understand dinosaurs. But hold on to your seats—through the magic of CGI, the eye-popping realism of 3D imagery, and the impact of the giant screen, this film will bring these dinosaurs right back to life …. in a BIG way!

Visitors can also take a walk through our prehistoric exhibit DinoMight! and experience life as it was during the Cretaceous period with eleven animatronic dinosaurs that lived on land, in the air and in the sea. They’ll enjoy a pre-historic, underwater expedition to the bottom of Cretaceous oceans to see an Elasmosaurus and a Mosasaurus hunt for fish and ammonites, then emerge from the depths of the sea onto land to see a family of Triceratops grazing. The highlight of the experience will be a face-to-face encounter with the apex predator of the period - a giant Tyrannosaurus rex. Museum visitors will be able to take an interactive guided tour of DinoMight! using their iPods, Mp3 players, or any portable media device, simply by visiting www.mods.org  and downloading the Podcast. The new tours will fully immerse guests into the world of dinosaurs. Local exhibit sponsors are metroPCS and WSVN Channel 7.

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, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours most evenings.


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® projector’s 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. The IMAX® experience is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For show times, visitors should call 954.463.IMAX (4629).


Media Contact: Jody Ligas 954.713.0904 or Theresa Waldron 954.713.0901


 

 
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