The Nature Research Center is home to a wide ranging array of science exhibits, hands on labs and multimedia experiences. To begin the journey, the SECU Daily Planet exhibit brings the world to each visitor. From the outside of the building, this scaled down globe is an interesting architectural element, from the inside, it is a three story theater which showcases the wonders of the world in exquisite detail. Guests can get up close and interactive with these wonders at the Naturalist Center, with hands on activities and collections that can be held and examined. If this exhibit awakens an inner scientist, the Citizen Science project provides an outlet, creating opportunities for everyday individuals to contribute to science in meaningful ways.
To continue to satiate this desire for science, visitors can head to one of four Investigate Labs to see scientists in action and get involved, as well. The Visual World lab transports guests using the latest technology, from robotics to virtual reality, to GIS mapping and more. In the Natural World lab, visitors can perform experiments, test hypotheses, and see nature through the eyes of a scientist. The Micro World enables explorers to learn about some of the smallest organisms around, and the smaller parts within, including isolating and analyzing DNA.
If the Micro World lab is of particular interest, the Nature Research Center has much more to entertain and educate for those mesmerized by the miniature. The Unraveling DNA exhibit educates and enlightens guests on the intricacies of microscopic DNA. If that weren't enough to satisfy the desire for miniscule minutia, the Center's Planet Micro examines the miniature microbe through immense models. Visitors gain a unique perspective on these tiny organisms by examining these giant representations.
In addition to these laboratories and micro exhibits, the Nature Research Center has even more to pique the interest. Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries exhibits the study of fossils from tiny microscopic organisms to fearsome prehistoric predators. From the travels of meteorites in Postcards from Space, to a dive into the depths of the oceans in Exploring Deep Sea and Our Changing Oceans, the Center seeks to illuminate and enlighten not only our world, but others as well. All of these exhibits and more are ready to be discovered at the Nature Research Center.
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