National Grid Energy: Powering Our Future
Energy: Powering Our Future is an exciting, interactive exhibit that informs and educates visitors on past, present, and future energy production, storage, conservation and demand, alternative energy sources, and human impact on Earth’s climate and ecosystems. It combines informational panels with video and hands-on pieces that educate about different types of energy: natural gas, wind, hydroelectric, and solar.
Wave your hands above a motion sensor to create wind to make small-scale windmills turn. Race to light up a city’s electric grid at the hydroelectric station. Use a magnet to move metal balls to the top of a hill and witness how micro-hydro generators work.
One screen provides a real-time estimate of when the world’s oil reserves will be depleted: less than 38 years. But reserves will be in insufficient quantity to power the world in half that time. The screen dramatically shows the seconds of oil availability dropping quickly.
The MOST is constantly evaluating enhancements to existing exhibits. December 2018 exhibit piece additions to Energy: Power Our Future include:
Store Energy for Future Use
In this exhibit, visitors learn about generating and storing energy.
Design a Wind Turbine
This exhibit is designed to teach visitors how wind turbines convert the wind’s kinetic energy into electricity and empowers guests to make turbine shapes of their own to see which designs work best.
In this exhibit, visitors are given the opportunity to use a seated bicycle to produce electricity and power a fan, light bulb and hand saw.
Guests experiment with object motion on a reduced friction table and explore how barriers they use impacts object motion.
Visitors engage in experimentation with how objects of different mass and shape behave when placed on a rotating circular table.