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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.”

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