Adventure Science Center Set to ‘Raise the Roof’
New temporary exhibit opens Sept. 14
NASHVILLE, Sept. 10, 2013—If walls could talk, what sorts of secrets, surprises or extraordinary engineering feats would they reveal? Find out as Adventure Science Center unveils Raise the Roof: An Exhibit About Buildingson Saturday, Sept. 14.
Discover the story behind the structures within which humans spend 90 percent of their lives. The Raise the Roof exhibit features buildings and building science from around the world, including a "Collapsible Dome." Other components include a table-top activity where visitors can examine and work with a variety of hand-crafted wooden joints.
The temporary exhibit is included with general admission and runs through Feb. 16, 2014. The Science Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• DOGTASTROPE: What about dogs? They need homes too, so the interactive computer game lets people design dog houses that can survive things like a leaf blower blizzard or a lawn sprinkler flood.
• BUILD A TRUSS & TRIANGLE TRYOUT: Test the forces of tension and compression! An earthquake shake table shows how different buildings respond to different quake frequencies and a tuned mass damper simulates the work of the big moving weights used in some tall buildings to slow their sway during wind gusts.
• DEMOLITION THEATER: Build a skyscraper in order to... demolish it? The exhibit's demolition theater features the explosive work of the famous Loizeaux family, who own and operate Controlled Demolition, Inc., the world's biggest group of demolition experts.
• DOWNDRAFT HOUSE: See how air flows through a doll-sized model house outfitted with airflow indicators, a working furnace, and operating doors and vents. Explore the dangerous conditions that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in homes.
• MEET THE MITE: See how huge numbers of creatures live in all of our homes all of the time.
• LISTENING TO THE WALLS: A story area and activity drawn from interviews with blind and visually impaired people who navigate through buildings using their sense of sound.
• CULTURAL DESIGN RULES: A panel compares a house plan from Levittown, N.Y., an American home design standard, to the standards of Feng Shui, a practical design philosophy guided by the flow of spiritual energy.
• MAGNETCITY: A special area for young children where kids in kindergarten through third grade can sit on the main street of a small city and change the windows, siding, and roofs of the building before them, with no questions asked.
Raise the Roof is made possible in part through the generous support of HCA/TriStar Health, Metro Carpets LLC, Builders FirstSource, Morgan Electric, Smith Gee Studio, Four Star Paving LLC, Anderson, Delk, Epps & Assoc., Benchmark Plumbing, Dorris Construction, and Empire Electric. The exhibit was produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota and made possible with support from the National Science Foundation.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure ScienceCenter has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. A not-for-profit educational institution, the Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org. Located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN.