CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Launches Spring Exhibit

Date: 02-03-2011

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
Debra Johnson, Gateway Science Museum Marketing
Rachel Teasdale, Gateway Science Museum Acting Executive Director

Gateway Science Museum launches its new spring exhibit, Microbes: Invisible Invaders…Amazing Allies, beginning Saturday, Feb. 12 when it reopens with spring hours.

The new exhibit takes visitors on an interactive journey to investigate the mysterious universe of microscopic organisms—from those that sustain life on Earth to those that threaten our health and even our existence.

The interactive exhibit reveals what microbes are (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa—“germs” to most people), explores a history of infectious diseases and shows how researchers and individuals fight infection worldwide.

Kid-friendly technology highlights hands-on activities. Interactive displays, computer animation, theatrical sets and special effects bring microbes to life. Some exhibit highlights include

  • Microbial Universe: six three-dimensional models floating in space present different microbes, including HIV/AIDS and Ebola. Images from an electron microscope and large-view light microscope offer rare, close-up views of real microbes.
  • Gobble De Goop: this is a video game where players guide munching microbes as they gobble up an oil spill.
  • The Microbe Quiz Show: an interactive television game show tests participants’ knowledge of microbes with a true-false quiz.

In addition to Microbes, visitors will explore A Big Look At Tiny Things in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery. This photography exhibit showcases images of minerals, human retinas, animal parts and much more as shown through the lens of a microscope. Hands-on activities will take place in the Education Station and Discovery Room throughout opening weekend.

Microbes: Invisible Invaders…Amazing Allies is sponsored by Pfizer Inc and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

The exhibit will run Feb. 12 to May 30, 2011. Museum hours are Wednesday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.