CSU, Chico News

New Gateway Science Museum Exhibit Explores Amusement Park Science

Date: 05-25-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
Reneé Renner
TEL: 530-898-5419

Some folks are thrilled by amusement park rides, others find them nauseating. Regardless of how you feel, there’s no denying the amount of science that goes into creating them.

The Gateway Science Museum’s newest exhibit, “Amusement Park Science,” is a fun, behind-the-scenes look into the physics behind amusement park rides. Visitors are encouraged to explore park ride models including the Bumper Blaster, Create-A-Coaster, Wacky Waves, Magnetic Circus and others. The new exhibit runs Saturday, May 27 through September 3, 2017.

“Amusement parks are such a part of our lives and have a rich history in Americana,” said Reneé Renner, museum executive director. “Most everyone has experienced an amusement park in their lives, and ‘Amusement Park Science’ illustrates how science and physics play a vital role in these vehicles of entertainment.”

“Amusement Park Science” is a traveling exhibition created by the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, Illinois, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation.

Additionally, California State University, Chico’s College of Natural Sciences will showcase current student and faculty research projects conducted during the 2017 spring semester.

“Our students and faculty conduct world-class research on a range of scientific topics, providing critical insights on issues important to the North State and the world,” said David Hassenzahl, dean of CSU, Chico’s College of Natural Sciences. “These posters represent just a small sample of the research we do at the college, and we are excited about this opportunity to share it with, and hopefully inspire, everyone who visits the museum.”

In addition to Gateway’s new exhibits, the museum will also host a series of Discovery Summer Camps throughout the summer. For more information, call 898-5130 or visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 300 degree programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016.