Today, I had the opportunity to visit the Science Museum of the National Academy of Science (that I previously talked about HERE). AND IT WAS TOTALLY COOL!
Initial Impression: Small museum and only has touch screens.
I will have to admit: when I see touch screens at a museum, I just want to walk past.
But then I sat down at one of the exhibits:
AND IT WAS TOTALLY COOL! One of the exhibits put me in charge of reducing America's CO2 emissions.
First, I marked which categories were my "priorities" such as low cost, environment, petroleum independence.... Then I had to figure out which industries would reduce the CO2 while maintaining my priorities. Basically, I learned that it's going to cost quite a bit of money to revamp our energy policy (well, I guess that's kinda a no-duh). Also, it made me sad that nuclear energy wasn't an entirely viable option (I am a supporter), but it would be with some money :-)
There was also an interactive involving HIV/AIDS and the pushing to get rid of it. They had a cool video which talked about the current drugs which stop certain parts of the virus from pushing on. They even talked about future drugs need to do to create a vaccine.
Did you know: in 1998, it was estimated that nearly 40% of the people in Botswana had contracted HIV? And they've been able to reduce that amount with simple prevention techniques!
This exhibit included talk of prevention: with most viruses/epidemics, one of the best things to do is prevention, not treating the disease! It was an interesting perspective.
Final Impression: the interactive touch screens are probably the best in a museum I have ever seen. Kids would definitely like this museum...you just need to get past the size of the museum because there is a lot of valuable information that the museum gives.
So if you are in Washington DC, be sure to check out the museum. It was well worth the $3 (price for students).
Link to the Museum's Website