Create soaring rainbows, trigger a 20-foot avalanche or unleash
a tsunami with 30-foot waves-all in one day. Science Storms, the
Museum of Science and Industry's new permanent exhibit, reveals the
science behind some of nature's most powerful phenomena.
"Science Storms is about tapping into people's sense of wonder,"
says senior exhibit developer Olivia Castellini. "It's about asking
questions, digging deeper and understanding how this stuff
The 24,000-square-foot exhibit, which opens March 18, is full of
Guests weave through rooms centered on the iconic
experiences-tornadoes, lightning, fire, tsunamis, sunlight,
avalanches and atoms in motion-which represent different areas of
physics or chemistry.
"It opens up the conversation about forces in motion, and the
exhibits around that pick up off of that," Castellini says.
Important artifacts and media from leading researchers and
scientists intersperse the exhibit.
The family-friendly exhibit is geared toward kids age 10-14, but
the interactive aspect means a "5-year-old can have as much fun as
their parent or older sibling," says Castellini, whose personal
favorite is the 40-foot tornado. "It's just a showstopper."
The museum will be free on the exhibit's opening day. Science
Storms is included in general admission.
Elizabeth Espindola is a Chicago Parent intern.
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