December 5, 2014
Science Centers currently present an opportunity to bring everyone closer to the phenomena, principles, laws and applications of scientific disciplines. Thus, they are a complement to what is learned in school, in formal education. Scientific and technological advances are in a constant process of modification and updating, therefore the challenge -for these centers- is to find didactic ways of presenting it to who visit them. In the year that is now ending, 2014, the Caracas Children’s Museum inaugurated new spaces and updated some of the exhibits created years ago, so that visitors, by interacting with them, discover that “learning is fun”.
At the beginning of the year, April arrived, a life-size giraffe who is now part of the African animals of the Rincón de los Cuentos.In Easter the novelty was Digital Television, an interactive exhibition where the visitor discovers what the process of receiving the signal consists of. in this way and what are its advantages over analog television.
For Children’s Day, The Chemistry Laboratory was opened, a space where the child immerses himself to experience that this branch of science can be fun, carrying out experiments that do not involve risks, such as inflating a balloon without blowing it, making an ice cream in 3 minutes and many others.
From the months of the school holidays, visitors can observe the Energy Mural: a large-scale graphic that allows us to know what are the natural sources of energy and how man – using his ingenuity – takes advantage of them to satisfy his modern needs. In a way it helps to integrate the knowledge transmitted in the various interactive exhibits related to the subject: Hydrocarbons, Electricity, On Wheels.
September was filled with magic, because in the Perception area new experiences of Optical Illusions were placed, explaining concepts such as: Background and figure, Ambiguous Images, and Rhythm and Movement.
More recently, the exhibits were installed: Animal Skeletons, a place to see the bone structure of some animals, complementing the previous exhibition where Human Skeletons are shown, emphasizing the difference between the skeleton of men and women; and Skulls: which presents models where you can observe the changes in the cranial box of the ancestors of the homo sapiens.Keep up to date, and in excellent condition, a Museum of Science and, in addition, dedicated to children, represents a hard work and a great dedication of those who daily give their effort to achieve it.
The year that is ending has not been easy, there have been many obstacles that we have had to overcome; However, we have worked with optimism, thinking about the children who are the future of the country and with the satisfaction of seeing that -as it has been since its creation, 32 years ago- children “learn by playing” in this “wonderful reality.” .
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