Museum of Discovery Science After Dark

20120829-112219.jpgMuseum’s Science after Dark Takes Things to the Extreme

The Museum of Discovery’s monthly program series designed for people ages 21 and older, titled “Science after Dark,” will be Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6-8 pm. This month’s theme, “Taking It to the Extreme,” will take people into the world of adrenaline-laced activities like extreme sports, eating and more. Guests will learn about science in a unique, social setting. Admission will be five dollars, and a cash bar will be available.

There is a psychology behind the need for speed, and the rush some people get from stepping out of his or her comfort zone and seeking the ‘thrill.’ And, physics allows our bodies to adapt to motion, force and speed.

Science after Dark will feature a mountain climbing slack rope where attendees can try their luck. Also, there will be a climbing demonstration complete with gear, and people will learn the technology behind the sport.

For those interested in skateboarding, museum staff will discuss this wildly popular sport and the physics of how tricks are performed. Guests will have the opportunity to decorate mini-skateboards and try them out on the museum’s tiny skateboard park. While there, attendees can see the museum’s latest traveling exhibit, Design Zone, which includes interactive stations including a skateboard design area. Design Zone is a behind the scenes look at how math is used to create music tracks, design roller coasters, make video games and more.

What about water? It holds a mystique all its own, at the surface and certainly below. Enjoy diving presentations, and see first-hand how sophisticated equipment is used. Also, learn about whitewater kayaking and see the equipment needed and the technology used in this fast-paced sport.

Not into sports? What about eating? Join us as we explore the physiological impact of competitive eating on the human body, and we’ll host a competitive eating contest.

Science after Dark occurs the last Wednesday of each month. Museum educators pick a science-related topic, and develop an event around it. The event is for ages 21 and older. General admission is $5 per person. Museum members get in free.

For more information on Science after Dark or the Museum of Discovery, visit http://www.museumofdiscovery.org, follow us on http://www.facebook.com/scienceafterdark or call (501) 396-7050.