May 11 – July 6
The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Center for History and Science exhibition looks at the history of codes, ciphers and encryption. Visitors to the exhibition will discover how to make and solve puzzles, explore the history of codes, and learn why emperors, kings, and presidents have used codes for hundreds of years.
The May 11 – July 6 exhibition is divided into several sections; inspect the history of secret messages, learn how codes helped shape history, and see how Mary Queen of Scots’ fate was ultimately tied to the breaking of a code, as were the outcomes of numerous battles and wars. In one section, guests can use a large, movable Cipher Wheel to make their own codes, encrypting a personal message. Visitors can also use a device called a Scytale – once used by a Spartan general – which decrypts messages written on a long strip of material. Other areas detail Morse Code, Braille, and invite visitors to try their hand at solving the famous Beale Treasure Code which is reputed to describe a location in Virginia where an astonishing treasure is buried. Several artifacts important to the history of cryptography are featured in the exhibition including a circa 1945 M-209 Cipher Machine used by the U.S. Army.
Eat Well, Play Well
October 12, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Do you wonder what is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important? What everyday activities burn the most calories? Eat Well, Play Well answers all these questions and more by helping children and families discover that healthy choices are all around us.
This family friendly interactive exhibit encourages a healthy lifestyle by teaching the science of making the right food choices and showing children and adults there are many exciting ways to stay active. Visitors of all ages will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, experience firsthand as to what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, and realize they can reduce their rick of disease with healthy choices are within their reach.
Exhibits include: Balancing Act, Calories In, Calories Out, Dinner Theater, Be Flexible, Supermarket Nutrition, Animal Motion, Sizing Up Serving, Eat a Rainbow and Screen Time.
Eat Well, Play well was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award grant from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.