Earth, Wind, Inspire
Feature Gallery – Rotates Annually
Earth is a dynamic planet
The sun’s heat and planet’s rotation stir the atmosphere and oceans into a constant, whirling dance—winds swirl into tornadoes, drive waves on water, and shift sand into dunes. Earth’s internal heat produces volcanoes, geysers, and rift zones. Earth, Wind, Inspire features more than a dozen interactive exhibits that offer guests of all ages a chance to explore the dynamic processes that shape our planet.
At Tornado, visitors can step into a 10-foot tall vortex interacting with, and disturbing, the airflow of a tornado. At Geyser, visitors learn how the earth’s internal heat brings underground water to a boil, causing it to become pressurized and erupt. Turbulent Orb engages visitors with a sphere they can spin, allowing them to observe changes and infer references to atmospheric patterns like those of oceanic winds and hurricanes.
Things to know and what to try:
- Permission to explore makes discovery possible. Encourage your child’s curiosity about how our planet is shaped!
- Try asking open-ended questions that encourage observation, reflection, and new questions like, “what did you notice when _____?” or “what patterns did you notice?”
- Join in the play and be curious alongside your child!
Special thanks to our Earth, Wind, Inspire sponsors
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