In the heart of Maryland is the National Electronics Museum, which specializes in showcasing the history of defense electronics used in The United States of America. Since the museums beginning in the 1980s it has continuously encouraged learning about engineering and science through history.
Housed with a variety of exhibits displaying crucial documents, artifacts, and publications visitors are able to understand the development of key electronic systems and how this technology influenced both defense and commercial products. The National Electronics aims to provide its visitors with an educational experience that will foster appreciation of the evolution of electronics.
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In 1980 in the State of Maryland, the non-profit institution was officially incorporated as the National Electronics Museum. Beginning in a small space of 2,000 square feet, it quickly grew and in 1992 moved sites to the Friendship Square, which is its current location. Presently the museum is 22,000 square feet of indoor space featuring exhibition galleries and laboratory, an event space, and a conference room. As well, there is an outdoor exhibition space on half an acre of land. As the museum grows, it continues to add permanent outdoor exhibitions and update different sections of the diverse gallery.
Within the National Electronics museum are a variety of exhibits that allow visitors to have insight into how technology developed electronics. Some of these exhibits include the Fundamentals, Early Radar, Communications, Countermeasures, Under Seas, Electro-optical and Space Sensor Galleries. In the Fundamentals Gallery, through hands on exhibits it explores of the understanding of magnetism, electricity, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Visitors will be able to use equipment to generate electricity and see first hand how electromagnetic waves can cook food and generate cell phones. In the Under Seas Gallery the history of how sonar systems transformed the effectiveness of submarines and tracking items underwater. In the exhibit there is an interactive demonstration of both active and underwater sounds, which shows how sonar devices are used for imaging, tracking, and locating. Visitors can learn how the physicist Samuel F. B. Morse applied electrical principles in 1835 to develop the Morse Code in the Communications Gallery. The exhibit continues to explore the history of how the use of electricity advanced communications. The gallery begins with the telegraph technology that continued to develop, which allowed humans to eventually use digital communications to send messages. In the Electro-optic gallery, museumgoers travel back in time to the early 16th Century when Galileo studied the starts and planets with a telescope. Since then the technology of electro-magnetic sensors has grown, and is now used in planes. Pilots in battlefields are able to have detailed images of the sky through fog, rain, clouds, and darkness. The museum displays the McDonald Dougals F-4 Phantom aircraft, which has an electro-optic system under the wing which, allows precise delivery of rockets and bombs. Within the 13 different exhibits visitors can have a diverse experience learning about the development of electronics through the ages and how it has been used for defense.
The museum is involved in a variety of events that take place throughout the year. Some of these include the Escape Velocity Con 2017, the Electronica Electronic Music Festival and inside of the institution there is a Pioneer Hall and conference available for rental. The Escape Velocity Con is a combination of pop culture and science, which is great for people of all ages. The Electronica Electronic Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates electronic music. In the Pioneer Hall and Conference room, both of these can be rented out as event spaces for receptions, dinners, luncheons, and meetings.
The National Electronics Museum is dedicated to providing educational programs and fostering a facility of learning in the community. Through specific events, programs for learning, and scholarships the museum aims to encourage experience the history of the defense electronic industry. In the annual programs of The Young Engineers, Pioneer Camp, Scientists Seminars, and Robot festival children are continue learning outside of exhibits. As well as offering special events, throughout the year there are school programs and weekend programs. Through these, children can experiment with their interest in electronics and engineering by hands on building classes. Dedicating to developing education the Robert L. Dwight Science Scholarship established by the museum awards engineering students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland College Park. Filled with exhibits the museum is a place for visitors to be surrounded by technological advancements and to be inspired to learn.
1745 I Rd, West Nursery, MD 21090, Phone: 410-765-0230