Exciting Renovations Ahead
Change is good, and at Omaha Children's Museum, it's leads to new and exciting experiences for guests. On May 26, 2018, we'll open the new permanent space called the S.T.E.A.M. Cave and along with it, a few new exhibits in our science center (AKA Charlie Campbell Science & Technology Center).
To make these renovations, a small portion of the science center will be closed starting April 2. This won't affect the Super Gravitron.
We're excited to have these updates as they'll allow kids to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math (or S.T.E.A.M.) on their own (and with their grown ups), as well as in a facilitated manner. And the biggest news of all... there will be programming in the S.T.E.A.M. Cave created in collaboration with NASA. That's right - NASA!
About the S.T.E.A.M. Cave
The S.T.E.A.M. Cave replaces the space that was once home to the museum's science shows. The new space will be a hands-on science learning lab that's going to have the look of a cave.
Thanks to a new partnership with NASA, the museum's education department will present NASA-created programs that have been modified to suit the needs of the museum's target audience, children between the ages of 4 and 8. Examples of programs include Mars rover races, learning about space volcanoes, and astronaut training. Technology will be emphasized in the S.T.E.A.M.-focused programs, and skills encouraged include teamwork, creativity and problem solving. The lead donor for the S.T.E.A.M. Cave is Sherwood Foundation.
About the Science Center updates
The science center is a popular permanent exhibit in the museum, though some pieces in it are nearly 10 years old! With these updates, kids can explore S.T.E.A.M. principles--science, technology, engineering, art and math--through 10 individual interactive experiences. The exhibits will also introduce children to inventors, scientists and engineers who work or have worked in S.T.E.A.M. fields. Art and literature components are integrated into the exhibits, as well.
New exhibit pieces at the museum will include hands-on opportunities to explore:
* Mass, gravity, torque and balance, and math principles
* Electricity, electronics, conductivity, neurons
* Weather principles and vortices
* Sound, vibration, waves and frequency, and music
* Light, optics and bioluminescence
These 2018 updates follow a trend over the last few years of updating popular permanent exhibits. In 2017, Omaha Children's Museum completely overhauled its arts space to create the Art Smart Center. The space is home to the Tinker Lab, where families can find the tools and materials to build whatever they can dream up.
In 2016, the museum unveiled a new, three-tiered water table inspired by the Platte River, as well as Susie's Station, an interactive mini train station upstairs.