CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Extends Visitor Hours for Spring Break

Date: 03-08-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121, rteasedale@csuchico.edu
Debra Johnson, Gateway Marketing
530-898-4690, dejohnson@csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
530-898-4143, jwills@csuchico.edu

Families looking for fun, educational activities during spring break can take advantage of extended hours at the Gateway Science Museum. The museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23 with hands-on science activities.

Visitors can explore Toys: The Inside Story, which includes 12 hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, and lets visitors create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams and circuits. Visitors will discover the worm gear and cam mechanisms that make Jack jump out of his box, learn why it takes a steady hand to win at the classic game Operation® and create crazy optical illusions by connecting movable pulleys.

In the Newberry Gallery, visitors can investigate the science of sound, music and hearing with Noise! Visitors can create the soundtrack for a science fiction film, generate intricate designs in sand without ever touching the sand, and explore the inner workings of the human ear. There are 11 hands-on activities, including a scream chamber for visitors to measure the decibel level of their loudest scream, the opportunity to play a pipe organ made of PCP tubes and much more.

Visitors can also experience Larger than Life in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery. Explore a variety of subjects in the natural world through the unique perspective of photographs taken zoomed in at high magnification. The photographs provide a truly “up close and personal” view of flowers, leaves and a host of other specimens that will keep you guessing.

The museum will be open its regular hours over the weekends before and after spring break, which are noon to 5 p.m.

Gateway Science Museum 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.