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SDSM& T News
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( July 8, 1997)
GIANT HARMONOGRAPH ADDED TO SDSM& T MUSEUM IN MOTION EXHIBITS
SDSM& T’s Museum in Motion has added a giant 3- D harmonograph to its many hands- on exhibits this summer. The harmonograph machine generates three- dimensional drawings from twisting motions given to the two- dimensional dangling of a large pendulum box.
Sponsored by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the museum provides hands- on experiences in science and engineering for children of all ages -- elementary, middle and high school. Many adults also enjoy the exhibits which explain some of the basic principles of physics and laws of nature.
The museum is located on the South Dakota Tech campus in the Old Gym, directly east of the O’Harra Building in which the Museum of Geology is based. The museum is open from 9: 00 a. m. to 4: 00 p. m. Monday through Saturday until Labor Day weekend. Admission is $ 2 per person or $ 10 for a family season pass. Group rates are also available.
Included among the museum’s many exhibits are a giant bubble machine that allows children to stand inside the bubble, a large sand pendulum, a giant kaleidoscope in which children can stand and see themselves, and an arch bridge that kids build and walk across. In addition to examining the parts inside a computer, children also can have an opportunity to take apart old telephones, toasters and other small appliances to explore what’s inside. Another popular exhibit is the simulated paleontology dig assembled by the Museum of Geology. The simulated dig features fossil casts embedded in sand portraying fossils from four geological ages that commonly yield fossils in the Black Hills and Badlands areas.
For additional information about the Museum in Motion or to make arrangements for group tours, call 605- 394- 2554 or 1- 800- 544- 8162.
[ Note to Editors: Museum in Motion offers many good photo opportunities of children taking part in the hands- on exhibits. If you would like information on times when children’s groups are scheduled to visit the museum, please call the University Relations Office at 394- 2554 or 394- 6082.]
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