The action-packed world of zip lines and tree-top aerial obstacle courses meet science face-to-face in this exciting, new exhibit at The Discovery Museum. This highly interactive exhibit invites visitors to see, touch—and, if they wish—actually climb on sample displays of zip lines and aerial obstacle courses, while at the same time learn about the scientific principles behind these structures, the natural sciences of the forest as well as what takes place in the human mind and body when people participate in climbing and zip line activities.
“The Discovery Museum is all about interactive learning and we saw this as an ideal way to capture people’s imaginations like nothing else,” says Jeffrey Bishop, Museum Director, adding, “This exhibit will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that science can be a lot of fun!”
Zip lines and obstacle course bridges between aerial platforms with names like, “Rope Trapeze,” “Pushback,” “Escalator,” “Rolling Trapeze,” and “Dangling Discs” are used to help demonstrate scientific principles. Museum visitors are able to climb aboard the exhibit, which is at playground heights—considerably lower than the actual Adventure Park courses in the forest behind the Museum.
Adventure Science is underwritten by the Outdoor Ventures Group, which also designed and fabricated the exhibit’s structures in cooperation with Museum staff.
About The Outdoor Ventures Group
The Outdoor Ventures Group, is the leading authority in the United States on aerial forest parks and largely responsible for bringing this increasingly popular activity to the United States from Europe, where it originated. The Group designed, built and operates The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut as well as The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland. Additionally it has designed and built over a half dozen other Adventure Parks throughout the United States for its clients.
Connecticut Inventions & Innovations
at The Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Opening Reception Thursday, March 6, 5-7pm
On the Move reminds us of the journeys that we take – real and imaginary – as children and adults; our longing to explore the unknown, acquire new identities, to be grownup. As transportation, bicycles and skateboards take us to familiar and unfamiliar places. Skates challenge us to go faster and farther. Toys accompany us on our make believe trips.
Please Write looks at mechanical objects used to communicate; pens, typewriters, celebratory stamps, and postage meters. These objects have been vital instruments in transmitting our messages. They show how advances in technology have altered how we communicate, can be life-changing, and how the power of letters resonates forever.
Art and Cultural Council
The City of Bridgeport
The collection consists of full-color, high-resolution images of the star with which we live. Some of the pieces stand alone — beautiful images that hold true to the original picture — others have been artistically modified.
Several pieces in the collection have an interactive component where visitors using smart phones can scan a QR code and watch the particular solar event that inspired the finished image.
The exhibit is the brainchild of Dr. Steele Hill, media specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Images were selected from the agency's solar missions to uniquely showcase incredible details of the sun.