Playing With Time

Playing With Time takes visitors on a journey to the unseen world of natural change and shows events that happen too fast or too slow for humans to perceive. An interactive Time Lab allows visitors to use strobe lights, high-speed cameras, and other tools to freeze or expand a moment in time. Other displays explain change in living organisms, Earth processes, and outer space. Visitors can scroll through billions of years of plate tectonics on a digital map, or move in synch with timelapse film of sprouting plants. Artworks explore the aesthetic side of time and change.

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Blocks of Time
Blocks of Time
Six plastic blocks, covered with pictures of sequences of human body changes, need to be put in the correct order. Do it right and the computer plays back the complete animation and explains what happens.

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Dynamic Planet
Dynamic Planet
Take the wheel on a tour of moving mountains and changing coastlines. You can use a control wheel to go forward or backward in time and explore our planet's gradual changes in this large-screen computer interactive.

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Lake Core Microscope
Lake Core Microscope
Using a high-powered video microscope, you'll do the detective work of scientists: look for tiny grains of pollen found in a lake-bottom core as evidence of long-ago climate changes.

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Plant Dance
Plant Dance
By swaying and growing and reaching for the sun, plants 'dance' through the hours and days as they grow. In this activity, visitors can don their own fabric leaves and dance and sway alongside time-lapse footage of plants.

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Expanding Universe Plates
Expanding Universe Plates
How slow can change go? This hands-on activity tells the story of how scientists have gathered evidence for the slowest change of all, the expansion of the universe.

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High-speed Camera
High-speed Camera
At this station, visitors will get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to use a high-speed camera, letting them do experiments with events too fast to see with their unaided eyes.
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