Tonawanda News


December 17, 2012

Buffalo Museum of Science's new gallery focuses on earth sciences

Tonawanda News — The Buffalo Museum of Science has continued on its path to a nearly complete overhaul of several of its galleries with the recent opening of its latest permanent interactive science studio, Our Marvelous Earth.

From a wind tunnel that allows visitors to feel the power of tornadic winds and a video of the destruction said winds can cause, to snow flake formations and an interactive television weather broadcast, there’s a little bit of everything for visitors of all ages ... even a Death Star. Yep, we’re talking “Star Wars.”

Our Marvelous Earth — and indeed, all of the museums new science studios — is meant to be an up-to-date, highly interactive exhibit that combines pieces of the museum’s existing collection and new, high-tech displays.

“Guests will literally be blown away by the interactive components of this studio,” Mark Mortenson, BMS president and CEO, said in a news release, no doubt referring to the exhibit’s Colliding Forces booth, which allows visitors to feel the power of wind speeds from a light breeze all the way up to a tornado.

Like the museum’s first interactive science studio, Explore YOU, the space is meant to be interactive and changeable according to scientific developments worldwide and state science requirement updates, BMS Marketing Manager Amy Biber said.

“The content was picked based on the New York state learning standards and what teachers and educators are looking for and the hot topics today,” she said.

Two workshops in the gallery — labeled “Terra” and “Firma” — were designed to allow school and homeschool groups “to come in a set up shop here.”

“What we’re really trying to focus on with the science studios is making connections,” Biber said. “It’s one thing to read about something in a book. It’s another thing to see it in action.”

Text Only
  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Gardening with chickens

    There is no need to get mad as a wet hen if you want to juggle flourishing flower beds, viable vegetable gardens and free-range chickens.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Let's unlabel our pets

    Several weeks ago, I mentioned how we should not use labels. I said that labels are circular, meaning that if we use them we just will end up where we started. An example of a label is saying that “all scarlet macaws are vindictive” or “all pit bulls are aggressive.”

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014