Mov­ing di­nosaurs head to Mid-Amer­ica Science Mu­seum

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V isi­tors to Mid-Amer­ica Science Mu­seum have a lot to look for­ward to this sum­mer. Through Sept. 2, the mu­seum is host­ing a num­ber of new ex­hibits sure to pique the in­ter­ests of all who set foot in­side.

“We’ve got a lot of ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing this sum­mer,” said Brooke Own­bey, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor for MASM. “We’ve got an­i­ma­tronic di­nosaurs and the Sky­Cy­cle, which are two re­ally cool ex­hibits.”

The di­nosaur ex­hibit, which was do­nated by Kokoro Ex­hibits, con­sists of 10 di­nosaurs that are three-quar­ter scale.

“Nine of the di­nosaurs ac­tu­ally move, and the T-Rex is re­ally cool be­cause his eyes move,” she said. “Our techs have done a great job of giv­ing this ex­hibit a re­ally awe­some ‘Juras­sic Park’ feel.”

The mu­seum’s other big sum­mer ex­hibit is the Sky­Cy­cle. This in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit al­lows vis­i­tors to ride a bi­cy­cle 12 feet above the ground along a 20-foot track.

“The rider is har­nessed in and, be­cause it has a coun­ter­weight, you can sway from side to side and the bike won’t tip over,” she said. “The rider can go out to the end of the track, ring a bell and then pedal back­wards to the plat­form and slide down a slide when they’re done.”

In ad­di­tion to ex­hibits, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams will be fea­tured thought the sum­mer.

“We’ve been asked to be a part of a cit­i­zen science pro­ject where we will be sur­vey­ing ‘muck’ from a mastodon site,” said Casey Wylie, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor. “I’ll be work­ing with the ‘muck’ on Thurs­days and any­one who comes to the mu­seum can see what I’m do­ing and look at the fos­sils, or even help out.”

Wylie said she hopes to see “fu­ture ar­chae­ol­o­gists” visit and help with the pro­ject.

“We also have our In­no­va­tion Sta­tion in our class­room, ex­cept this sum­mer we’re mak­ing it the In­no­va­tion BUILD­ING Sta­tion,” she said.

With the In­no­va­tion BUILD­ING Sta­tion, kids of all ages will be able to build cities out of card­board, Rube Gold­berg in­spired con­trap­tions and more with dif­fer­ent chal­lenges on Fri­days and Satur­days all sum­mer.

“We hope to have a lot of vis­i­tors this sum­mer,” said Diane LaFol­lette, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “We’re go­ing to have a lot of fun with our vis­i­tors and, as al­ways, we have lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­ily fun and learn­ing.”

Mid-Amer­ica Science Mu­seum

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