The Forth Worth Children's Museum, formerly housed in a house on Summit Street, gives children a play to play and have fun while learning at the same time. The museum is designed for infants to eight year olds, as well as for the adults that take care of them. The Children's Museum includes an infant and toddler developmental area, parent resource room that doubles as a multi-purpose space, a natural science area, and a healthy kids clinic. The natural science area showcases a Galapagos turtle, one of the largest fully articulated specimens from the Fort Worth Museum's natural science collection. The turtle is displayed in a large dome in order for the young guests to view it from any angle. Live amphibians and reptiles are also showcased throughout the children's museum in environments replicated from their native habitats.
The exhibition area also includes the kid's grocery, and an indoor block-building space where kids have the opportunity to build a train. Outside is a construction exhibit area where kids can build things and numerous interactive stations that involve water. The outdoor exhibit space is covered by Ricardo Legorreta's dazzling pink "Rosa Mexicano" pergola. Greeting visitors at the entrance to the Fort Worth Children's Museum is a replica of the dragon head from the Summit Street museum back in the 1940's and 1950's. The children's museum also features a handful of the glass bubble tubes from the Hands on Science gallery.
The Energy Blast exhibit space at the Fort Worth Museum explains the progressive story of North Texas and its energy resources through a special combination of history and science. The exhibit brings technology, innovative thinking, and physics to life as guests learn about geophysical formations, experiment with new resources, and calculate drilling directions and depths. Visitors are immersed into the world of both regional and alternative energy resources through dioramas, interactive exhibits, learning stations, and multimedia. Energy Blast particularly focuses on pioneers who through innovation keep energy a leading industry in North Texas.
Visitors enter the exhibit via a multi-sensory prehistoric undersea environment, inspired by how Fort Worth looked 300 million years ago. They then enter the 4D theater, located in the Devon Energy Theater, to experience the Journey to the Center of Barnett Shale. The six minute show explains how the natural gas found within the shale deposits of the region formed. The science and history of the North Texas shale deposits are brought to life in the 4D experience as guests put on 3D glass and take off to prehistoric times aboard "TimeCraft." Visitors to the exhibit will also learn how the petroleum engineers and geoscientists extracted the natural gas with the help of science and advanced technologies.
Another exhibit within Energy Blast is a seismic vibroseis truck that weighs 50,000 pounds, surrounded by interactive games demonstrating the methodology behind the truck. These seismic vibroseis trucks are used to send sound waves underground up to one and half miles. Geologist then input the seismic data into computers to produce 3D images, allowing them to see exactly where underground formations and gas deposits are located. The seismic vibroseis truck is located just outside of the 4D theater.
Energy Blast also features a drilling apparatus measuring 30 feet tall in the production and exploration area of the exhibit, and full-sized command center "doghouse" where guests can experience a well. Visitors can step into the "doghouse" and watch as a real technician demonstrates how a well is drilled as roughnecks work on the rig floor outside.
The exhibition area culminates with the opportunity for guests to "power" a model city by using critical thinking to decide on the correct combination of energy sources required to power a large city. Visitors will choose from a variety of energy resources, such as hydroelectricity, geothermal, wind, and solar. The message behind the activity is that we will need new energy strategies to meet the long-term, sustainability we will need in the future to maintain our standard of living. Energy Blast ends with "Energy Pioneers," a computer station where guests can learn more about industry innovators.
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