‘Alien Worlds and Androids’ lands at CT Science Center
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Full speed ahead! The message is: As soon as possible get to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, where pop culture meets “science fact” in a new exhibition designed to intrigue adults and children.
“Are We Alone?” is the question posed in a traveling exhibition, “Alien Worlds and Androids,” put together by GES, a Viad Corp. global company based in Phoenix. You may not get the answer to that question, which has been pondered for ages, but you’ll be amazed by what you will learn, say museum folks in a news release.
“Our traveling exhibit gallery gives us the ability to feature fascinating and different ways to look at various fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Matt Fleury, museum president, in a news release. “The research presented in ‘Alien Worlds and Androids’ — combined with iconic robots, androids and superheroes from popular sci-fi films — is sure to excite and inspire visitors of all ages.”
In a recent chat, John Bourdeaux, the museum’s vice president of advancement, described the 5,000-square-foot exhibit as a “blockbuster” that blends pop-culture with cutting-edge science from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
“Alien Worlds” presents information on how scientists have studied “the possibility of life existing beyond Earth — from the use of telescopes to space probes,” the museum said.
Visitors are invited to explore the exhibit’s nine interactive areas: “Are We Alone?” “Looking for Life in Space,” “Alien Life on Earth,” “Artificial Intelligence and Robots,” “Robot Space Explorers,” “Explore the Solar System,” “The Robotization of Planet Earth,” “I-Cyborg” and “The Human Microbiome.”
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Exhibit through Jan. 7. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $16.95 ages 3-17. 860-SCIENCE, CTScienceCenter.org
According to the museum, “Sci-fi fans of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to come face-to-face with robots made popular by movies like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Iron Man,’ among others. Life-size replicas of Iron Man, C-3PO and R2D2 ... and a replica T-800 bust from ‘The Terminator’ franchise pose educational discussion points and ‘selfie’ photo opportunities,” the museum said, adding that “‘Star Trek’ fans will smile when they spy the jacket Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) wore in the 2009 film ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness.’”
Visitors are encouraged to build an “alien,” touch a meteorite, operate a robotic arm and sit in “a POD to experience the feeling of the amazing journey Mars rover ‘Curiosity’ endured to land on the red planet.”
Bourdeaux said his greatest dream would be for a “child to be inspired by the exhibition ... to come away with ‘I want to be that scientific creator, innovator’” someday. “I want them to have so much fun they can’t believe they are actually learning. The best way to educate children is to engage them and that’s what the exhibition does.”
During the run of the show, the Connecticut Science Center has planned numerous theme-related special events for various ages. Check the website for dates and information.
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