SW: Where Science Meets Imagination Comes To Exploration Place
Posted By Mike on May 24, 2012
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is set to open at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas as the nomadic exhibit settles in for a stay that will run until September 3, 2012. The press release below should provide all the relevant details if you're planning on attending.
THE FORCE IS STRONG IN WICHITA: STAR WARS:® WHERE SCIENCE MEETS IMAGINATION COMES TO EXPLORATION PLACE
Blockbuster Exhibit Appearing This Summer only at Exploration Place
(May 21, 2012) – In Star Wars’ cinematic galaxy far, far away, Landspeeders replace cars, spaceships replace planes, and Droids live and work side-by-side with humans. While these modes of transport and robots were merely science fiction when Star Wars debuted in 1977, today they don’t seem so far-fetched. In the Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination national traveling exhibit, opening at Exploration Place on Saturday, May 26, visitors will see how closely science and fantasy work together and investigate the real science behind the fantasy technology.
EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS Visitors will discover the Star Wars universe in this 8,500 square foot exhibit – the largest Exploration Place has ever hosted – that is filled with hands-on interactives, concentrating on two technology themes: Getting Around (transportation), and Robots and People (how people and robots relate to each other). The exhibit also includes more than 80 props, models and costumes from the films.
Getting Around • After examining Luke Skywalker’s original Landspeeder from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, visitors can sit in a hovercraft vehicle and experience what it is like to float on air. • “Jump to light speed” in a replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit* as a multimedia presentation explores what is known about our own galaxy in a breathtaking experience to the edge of the universe. • Visitors will experiment with magnetic levitation in the MagLev Engineering Design Lab. Visitors can imagine, create and test their own floating MagLev cars as they propel them along a magnetic track.
Robots and People • Visitors will become robot designers in the Robot Engineering Design Lab. They will select wheels or treads and experiment with sensors and programs the robot uses to navigate through a course. • Visitors will meet C-3PO and R2-D2 and explore how people related to robots in Star Wars. Real-world robots will be examined and how they navigate, sense and understand the world around them while communicating in very sophisticated ways.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS • Member Preview, Friday, May 25, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Exploration Place Members get a first look of at this amazing exhibit during this exclusive preview. Event admission is $5 per Member. • Live science show, SciFi Live Science, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Visitors will learn about robots, hovercraft, maglev transportation and cryogenics. Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio. Included in museum admission. Free for Members. • 2012 Summer Camps, start June 4: This year’s fun topics include Shooting Into Space, Robotics, Movie Making, Flying High and much more. Reservations are required and special prices apply, details available by calling 316-660-0620. • The 501st Legion Star Wars costuming group, here most weekends: Visitors will encounter a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader or Princess Leia as this costumed group makes the exhibit come to life. • Explorer or Adventurer Birthday Party Package or company event: Parents can choose from themed, all-new options, which can include Star Wars exhibit admission. Or corporations/organizations can rent the exhibit as part of a special evening event. Reservations required and special prices apply, details available by calling 316.660.0620.
Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation, was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, and is made possible through the cooperation of Lucasfilm Ltd. The exhibition is based upon work supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0307875. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination is locally sponsored by Lora and Don Barry, Velma Wallace, Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Cox Communications.
Media and promotional sponsors include: KWCH Channel 12, Kansas CW and Univision, The Wichita Eagle/Kansas.com, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment: B98 and 102.1 FM and McDonald’s Restaurants in Wichita. Hotel accommodations provided in part by Hotel at WaterWalk.
Special admission applies for Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination for Members and non-Members. The exhibit will be open at Exploration Place through Monday, September 3, 2012.
Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kan.