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Natural disasters to mind bending puzzles and more at Science Center of Iowa

Thursday, September 28, 2000

Visitors to the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines this fall can chase gophers, simulate earthquakes, split white light, organize giant jigsaw puzzles, and experiment with "super spinner" tops.

These are all part of the traveling exhibition, "FUNdamental Science, opening Sept. 30. Five different interactive exhibits comprise FUNdamental Science: Animals as Architects, Earthquirks, Light & Color, Brain Teasers, and Make It Move. All five exhibits were produced by the Oregon Museum of Science And Industry in Portland and are funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Animals are amazing architects. They burrow, weave, shape, and sculpt. They create comfortable, secure homes out of the resources they find in their surroundings, guided by fine-tuned instincts developed over hundreds of years. Animals As Architects introduces SCI visitors to these skilled craftsmen who work without blueprints, tape measures or T-squares. Visitors can hunt for hidden moles and gophers; make and take spider web rubbings; match animals to their homes and view small-scale animal houses on a microscope exploration table. Other hands-on components include life-size models of an African termite mound and a paper wasp nest.

Read the rest of this article in the 9/28 Pilot Tribune.