Tonawanda News — She pointed to a large electronic globe called the Dynamic Earth. Visitors can use a computer to access a variety of projected overlays to display on the globe.
“This covers everything from tsunami effects across the globe, to land, to water currents, to the polar ice caps and global warming,” Biber said. “You can see progressively from thousands of years ago how the polar ice caps have melted and it’s really kind of scary to look at, if we continue on the pace we’re on, how quickly they will be deplete in just the next 10 years. It’s scary to watch but it really sends the message home.”
The globe can display images of other planets, the moon, even connections made from Facebook, a giant pumpkin and the Star Wars Death Star. We’re guessing that’s not mandated New York state science curriculum.
“We can change (the globe) up,” Biber said. “It can change along with educational standards we need to meet and also hot topics that come up.”
The permanent exhibit also features earth sciences unique to the Western New York region, with a focus on snow crystal formations, an interactive tv weather forecast that features the blizzard of 1977 and a topographical map of the region. A model of Niagara Falls allows visitors to manipulate the intakes and number of generators to control the flow of water and production of hydroelectric power.
“As a science hub of this community we really want to showcase what we have to offer here,” said Brian Enright, the museum’s community partners coordinator. “There’s a lot of good happening here in Western New York and we’re hoping to showcase a lot of it.”
The museum’s next science studio is scheduled to open in the spring. Each new studio will open at a rate of one every six months.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Our Marvelous Earth science studio • WHERE: Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo • HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week • MORE INFORMATION: Call 896-5200, or visit. www.sciencebuff.org Contact features editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116.