At Moving Things, sponsored by locally based transportation and logistics industry leader Ryder, and its charitable foundation, visitors will test their own brain vs. brawn in this fun, hands-on exhibition focused on how things move from place to place – sometimes easily – sometimes with great effort…but always full of surprises. Moving Things will serve as a prototype exhibition for the new Miami Science Museum, scheduled to open in Museum Park in 2014 (Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science).
“The Moving Things Exhibit and Big Truck Days bring to life the innovative processes, advanced equipment, lifesaving safety features, and green technologies used in commercial transportation and logistics,” said Ryder Vice President of Innovation Steve Monroe, who serves on the Miami Science Museum board of trustees. “Congratulations to the Miami Science Museum for creating a fun, educational experience to highlight a growing industry that will continue to be a strong source of employment, regardless of where products are sourced, assembled and distributed around the world.”
Everything moves – the earth and stars, cars and trucks, you and me – but how and why? Keeping things moving efficiently raises the stakes of the game, right? Here are just a few of the incredible and unusual experiences you will find in the exhibition Moving Things. It’s a moving experience, just give it a try!
•Traffic: How do I get there: 3 miles by highway or 2.5 miles on back roads? Besides distance, traffic is a big factor in picking the best route from point A to point B. What determines if traffic moves smoothly or jams up? At an exhibit similar to an air hockey table, try managing a steady flow of traffic by putting discs of different shapes and sizes in motion. Can you avoid traffic jams and tailgating?
•Packing a Pallet: It’s easier to move things efficiently when they can be packed into a uniform shape that fits on a pallet. How closely things pack and stack depends on how well you can minimize the gaps in between. Bring some friends and see how many you can pack inside a square meter – hope you’re “close” friends!
•Packing Parcels: Moving things efficiently means making as few trips as possible. The more you can pack into a container, the fewer trips you have to make. A packing plan might take a few extra minutes, but it could save you time and effort overall. Test your brain and see if you can arrange the colored shapes into a solid block that fits the space with no gaps.
•Suitcase Gyro: And here’s the surprise: did that suitcase move on its own? We’re not telling so you’ll have to come and find out for yourself!
Big Truck Days, Saturday and Sunday, June 18th-19th:
•Miami-Dade County Hybrid Garbage Truck: The Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management was the first municipal solid waste agency in the United States to take delivery of and put into service these advanced Series Hydraulic Hybrid Powered waste collection trucks. Benefits offered by this hybrid vehicle: Reduction in diesel fuel consumption by as much as 50%, cleaner air emissions and reduced repair costs to the vehicle’s brake system.
•Miami-Dade County Hybrid Bus: The County’s New Flyer 60 ft. articulated diesel-electric hybrid bus provides the following benefits: Compared to conventional buses, they improve fuel mileage by 20-35% and lower green house gas emissions – NOx reductions of up to 50%.
•Detroit Diesel “Demand It All” Tour Trailer: Arranged courtesy of Ryder, a traveling pop-out trailer exhibit with displays, videos and information on the latest fuel-efficient truck engine technologies.
•Daimler/Freightliner Safety Truck: Arranged courtesy of Ryder, a specially equipped Big Truck outfitted with the latest safety features and innovative technologies including: Lane Guidance, Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation systems.
•Mousetrap Car: Students from the Museum's Upward Bound program will show visitors how to build a 'Mousetrap Car'. Visitors can build their own Mousetrap Cars and then race them. The best design wins a prize!
•Ramp Control: For very young children – Use building blocks to create different size ramps and test how fast and how far your toy car can roll.
•Lego Car Prototyping space: Use Legos to build and test your own solar- or air-powered car! Then, snap a picture of your creation and post it to our gallery screens to make it part of the exhibit.
Admission is free for Miami Science Museum members and children under 3; students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3-12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Miami-Dade County residents: students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3-12, $9.30; adults are $12.70. Dads get in FREE on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th.
The Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit www.miamisci.org or call (305) 646-4200. See the Museum on Facebook (www.facebook.com/
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