“Bright Ideas”

by Brent Carmack, Assistant Director, Fort Collins Museum

There’s a new exhibit in the lobby of the Fort Collins Museum that ushers in a new era for both the Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center. 

The “Bright Ideas” exhibit is the first joint exhibit between the Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center as we move forward with our partnership.  As you probably know by now, Discovery Science Center will be closing its doors on May 30 and moving into the Fort Collins Museum building, bringing with it the great hands-on science experience Discovery Science Center has developed a reputation for over the past twenty-five years. On June 30 the new Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center will open and serve as a transition facility until our new home is completed (sometime in late 2011).

Blending the cultural and scientific, the hands-on interactions with the historical artifacts, the “Bright Ideas” exhibit exemplifies what the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center means when we say “we’re better together.” In this exhibit, for example, you can learn about Thomas Edison and his inventions; see different kinds of electric light bulbs, some of which you can turn on with the push of a button; and see photos and artifacts that illustrate how electricity has played a part in the local history of Fort Collins.

Come check it out and let us know what you think. As the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center merger continues, look for more examples of the blurring of lines between science and culture, and start thinking about your relationship with the world in new ways.

"Bright Ideas" exhibit in progress

"Bright Ideas" exhibit in progress

The finished exhibit

The finished exhibit

Interact with the light bulbs -- just press a button

Interact with the light bulbs -- just press a button

One of the historic artifacts is a power meter from Fort Collins Light & Power

One of the historic artifacts is a power meter from Fort Collins Light & Power (on left)

Touch the plasma wall -- the human body conducts electricity

Touch the plasma wall -- the human body conducts electricity

 

 

 

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