Energy Zone Exhibit Gets Refresh Thanks to Netl's Support



Carnegie Science Center and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are pleased to announce a newly designed NETL Energy Challenge Game – an interactive kiosk game show at Carnegie Science Center. The game show is in the NETL Energy Zone exhibit gallery on Carnegie Science Center’s fourth floor, and it is one of the most popular exhibits.

The redesigned exhibit marks a continued partnership between the organizations. NETL provided support for the Science Center to build the NETL Energy Zone exhibit gallery in 2014, which consists of eight energy-focused exhibits. This year, NETL provided funding to refresh NETL’s Energy Challenge Game with modernized graphics and updated content to reflect current energy topics, trends, and challenges.

“We sincerely appreciate NETL’s interest in the Science Center’s mission to educate the public about STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – through hands-on experiences that spark real-world connections,” says Science Center Co-Director Ron Baillie.

“The NETL Energy Zone touches on STEM concepts and aspects of energy that we encounter every day,” says Co-Director Ann Metzger. “Presenting those ideas in an engaging exhibit like the Energy Challenge Game, where kids can challenge their friends for the title of Energy Champion, helps us further our mission to inspire young people to consider STEM careers.”

“STEM outreach is essential to the current and future mission success of the entire U.S. Department of Energy enterprise,” says Secretary Rick Perry, U.S. Department of Energy. “Partnerships like this one with the Carnegie Science Center and the National Energy Technology Laboratory are essential in sparking curiosity and inspiration for students, parents, and teachers to pursue STEM learning.”

Other exhibits in the NETL Energy Zone include: 

  • Laz-R Graph: Make your own laser design.
  • Power House: Flip toggle switches associated with household appliances to see on an electric meter how much energy they use – or can save.
  • Circuit Station: Connect wires to complete circuits to power a light, spinner, or buzzer.
  • Power Station: Turn cranks to generate electricity to see how much it takes to power various light bulbs, a fan, or hairdryer.
  • Energy Quiz: Test your knowledge of energy consumption by answering questions and scoring on correct responses on energy consumption of appliances to learn which uses more energy.
  • Rebound: Ricochet balls on a tabletop.
  • Ring Launcher: Participants press a button to initiate an electric current, producing an electromagnet that forces a metal ring to be swiftly launched up a pole.

“For nearly three decades, the Science Center has been at the forefront of introducing kids to the world of science, technology, engineering and math,” says U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. “By inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and researchers, the Science Center is helping to ensure that the U.S. will keep its competitive edge in the 21st century. And, we’re proud to be associated with what they’re doing here.”

“Today’s ribbon cutting marks a milestone in NETL’s partnership with Carnegie Science Center, as we pursue a shared vision of creating a robust energy educational experience for our region,” says NETL Acting Director Sean Plasynski. “The Energy Zone exhibit gallery represents one successful outcome of this collaboration, and I look forward to continuing our work with the Center to inspire and educate visitors about the bright future we all share through the pursuit of innovation and discovery.”

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