Media Release: Color Maze to Open at the Greensboro Science Center

Color-Maze---OrbsGREENSBORO, NC — On Wednesday, June 27, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is bringing back an old favorite with a new twist. The GSC’s popular maze will return as the Color Maze, a puzzling adventure that highlights the science of light and color. GSC members will receive a preview of the exhibit from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, June 27 before it opens to all GSC guests at noon.

Upon entering the exhibit, guests will encounter hands-on stations designed to shed some light on everything from optical illusions and color blindness to ultraviolet light and wavelengths. Young children are invited to explore and learn in a play area containing manipulatives like colorful blocks and books about colors. In addition, guests can pop virtual balloons and watch them rain colorful confetti, create colored shadows, and put on a puppet show with shadow puppets.

The maze itself features twists and turns with colorful surprises around every bend. Fireflies are featured in an area designed to enlighten guests about bioluminescence (light produced by living things). Prisms illuminate the mystery behind rainbows, demonstrating how white light is split into the color spectrum. Shooting stars spotlight the science behind the different colors you see when meteors streak through the sky. Fun finds like colorful orbs and a black light zone also await discovery.

Color-Maze-Colored-ShadowsMartha Regester, the GSC’s VP of Education, says, “Color is such a big part of our world and we wanted to shed some light on the fun science behind the spectrum and optics! We think visitors of all ages will really enjoy the exhibit’s special effects and want to play with color.”

Admission to the Color Maze is included with general admission to the Greensboro Science Center. General admission is $13.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $12.50 for children ages 3 – 13 and $12.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under as well as Greensboro Science Center Members are free.

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About the Greensboro Science Center – A premier family attraction in North Carolina that offers the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The GSC is also NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center is located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit http://www.greensboroscience.org.

GSC Gift Guide: Memberships

Looking for the perfect gift idea that’s fun for the whole family? How about a full year of free Greensboro Science Center admission?!?! A GSC membership offers just that – and much more.

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For as little as $32.40 per person (including tax), a membership truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will it give your loved ones a full year of exciting, memorable, and educational visits to the GSC, they’ll also receive lots of discounts — including discounted admission for their guests, discounted OmniSphere Theater and SKYWILD tickets, discounts in the gift shop and cafe, and discounts on birthday parties, classes and camps!

Members will enjoy exclusive invitations and previews of new exhibits and OmniSphere shows. They’ll also receive information about how to get involved in citizen science programs, be the first to learn about upcoming GSC projects, and get exclusive peeks at what happens behind the scenes of the GSC in our member-only e-newsletters.

If your loved ones enjoy traveling, the savings will go even further! GSC members receive free or discounted admission to over 300 Association of Science-Technology Centers and over 150 Association of Zoos and Aquarium facilities, giving your loved ones the chance to explore amazing science centers, zoos and aquariums all around the country (and world!) for a fraction of the cost.

Click here to see the complete list of member benefits and to purchase a gift membership online.

If you’re a boss looking for a great gift for your employees (or an employee looking to encourage your boss to give you an awesome, experiential gift!), you’ll want to check out our Business Membership program.

Business memberships include GSC membership cards in the company’s name for employees to use. During their visit, employees using the business membership will also receive discounts in the gift shop and cafe. It’s a great way to show your employees your appreciation while supporting science education!

Click here to view business membership levels and to download a business membership order form.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a family or for your employees, the GSC has a membership program that’s right for you!

Volunteer Spotlight: Jake A.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Jake A:

Jake A

I started with the Greensboro Science Center in 2013 and have served in many different areas. During the summer, I have been a Teacher’s Assistant and an Exhibit Guide. Currently, I volunteer as either a Zoo or Aquarium Docent.

 

I was introduced to volunteering through another volunteer, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who was interested in the program. There are countless opportunities and the community that is created with the other volunteers and staff members is such a rewarding experience. They all share a love of learning and nature.

 

Every shift, I get to meet new people while sharing cool facts about the animals and the exhibits. The volunteer community is so welcoming and tight-knit, it is a pleasure to simply be part of it. The Volunteer Department seeks to share with visitors the awesomeness of nature. By interacting with other volunteers and being part of the program as a whole, this has a positive impact on visitors and myself alike.

Amphibian Lab

For the last year or so, the “Sea Lab” located on the lower level of the museum has been closed off from view. In the months leading up to the opening of the Carolina SciQuarium, this room was used to house fish before their exhibits were finished. Now that these animals have moved to their permanent homes in the SciQuarium, the old Sea Lab has been transformed into an Amphibian Lab.

Greensboro Science Center visitors can now take a peek into the lab to view the slimy residents therein. Currently, the Amphibian Lab is home to a young Hellbender, White’s Tree Frogs, and Yellow & Black Dart Frogs. All of these animals are displayed in the window for visitors to see. The remainder of the lab will be used as quarantine and holding areas as new animals arrive.

Yellow and Black Dart Frog

Yellow & Black Dart Frog

DID YOU KNOW
The class Amphibia is made up of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians. But what on Earth is a caecilian? These are amphibians who appear to be superficially similar to earthworms or snakes.

During Phase II of the GSC’s Master Plan, the Amphibian Lab will continue to metamorphose. The current plan is to convert this area into an educational wing featuring underground animals. In this “wUNDERWORLD,” visitors will encounter mysterious inhabitants of the dark, such as spiders, scorpions, leeches, and snakes.

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Candles In The Dark – GSC Podcast

Do you listen to talk radio; have a long commute to work; or simply enjoy learning new things? Subscribe to the GSC’s brand new podcast, “Candles In The Dark”! With each episode, we hope to engage the public with science-related stories, research, and interviews.

In our first episode, “Fire In The Sky”, we touch on topics ranging from Bruce Willis to global extinction events. The episode also contains a special interview with resident paleontologist, Dr. Indiana Bones, in which he reveals inside details on our newest traveling exhibit, A T-Rex Named Sue!

Owl Pellet Study Kits

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The Greensboro Science Center’s TriceraShop gift shop unites learning with fun! If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the scientist in your family, check out this video demonstration to learn about our Owl Pellet Study Kits, available now in the TriceraShop.

Kelvin Goes Behind the Scenes

Last week, Kelvin got to explore a wing of the Greensboro Science Center that many people may not know about:  Collections.  Downstairs behind a locked door are five rooms containing over 10,000 objects that are part of the Center’s permanent collection.  Kelvin saw antique scientific equipment, gems, minerals, and taxidermy specimens.

Kelvin Tries On Dive Helmet

Kelvin Tries On Dive Helmet

Kelvin’s favorite find was a late 1800s copper diving helmet.  Our Curator of Collections, Kelli Crawford, even helped him try it on but it was much too big for him!  And heavy!  It weighed almost fifty pounds.  You won’t see the divers in the SciQuarium wearing those.

Kelli also showed Kelvin our Collections database where we store records about each object in our collection.  Kelvin looked through the records and learned that the Science Center acquired the diving helmet in 1991.

Kelvin Learns About Our Collections Database

Kelvin Learns About Our Collections Database

Kelvin learned that museums hold objects in the “public trust,” but he wasn’t sure what that meant.  Our Curator explained that even though every museum can’t display every object in their collection, they preserve them so that they can be studied in the future.  These objects are often a window into the past that can help scientists and historians make sense of changes that we can’t see happening in a day or a year or even a decade.

You can see a few of the items stored in our Collections department through the windows in the downstairs hallway across from the touch lab.