Have you had a chance to visit The Health Museum yet and enjoy the Star Wars exhibit, “Where science meets imagination?” If not find out what you have been missing.
The Health Museum, Star Wars™: Where Science Meets Imagination explores the fantasy technologies in the Star Wars films, the science behind them, and current research that may lead to real-life versions of these technologies. Museum-goers learn how technologies work in the Star Wars universe through film clips and over 80 props, models and costumes. Visitors will discover how ideas become technologies in real life through hands-on exhibits, immersive experiences, and cutting edge innovations. The exhibit culminates in two multi-station Engineering Design Labs where visitors design, build and test solutions to challenges. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination features over 100 Star Wars artifacts and real world technologies; numerous videos and interactive exhibits.
The exhibition is organized around two technology themes, solving basic human needs: getting around (transportation) and getting along with ever smarter machines (robotics):
“Robots and People” Visitors meet C-3PO and R2-D2 and explore how people relate to the robots in Star Wars. The exhibition also features the creation of real world robots that navigate, sense and understand the world around them, while communicating in increasingly sophisticated ways.
The Star Wars exhbit helps to answer these questions:
What is technology?
What part do imagination and creativity play in developing technologies?
How do science and technology interact and how are they separate?
How close are we to having technologies like those in the Star Wars universe?
How can we use our scientific and engineering knowledge and skills from the exhibit to create a solution, test it, refine it and make changes based on the testing?
How can we assess the impact of technology on society?
Other exhibit highlights:
Visit the Maglev Engineering Design Lab and experiment with magnetic levitation, imagining, creating, and testing their own floating Maglev cars by propelling them along a magnetic track. At the Robot Engineering Design Lab: Museum-goers become robot designers. They select wheels or treads, experiment with sensors, and program the robot to navigate through a course. Climb into climb into an air-cushion vehicle and experience how a floating vehicle handles.
Have you ever wanted to fly into space? You can in a full-size replica of the cockpit of Star Wars Episode IV’s Millennium Falcon, visitors experience a virtual jump to lightspeed, as a multimedia presentation explores what we know about our own galaxy in a breathtaking ride to the edge of the Universe.
Some of my favorite film artifacts on exhibit:
Tarfull Wookiee Costume
Salporin Wookiee Costume
Anakin Jedi Costume
Obi-Wan Kenobi Costume
Princess Leia Costume
Lightsaber Prop, Obi-Wan
Darth Vader Costume
Darth Vader Mask Reveal
Where science fiction meets reality exhibits: Several of the exhibits available at the Health Museum provide visitors with the opportunity to see where fact and fiction meet. Among those are the:
Retinal Implant System (Doheny Eye Institute)
Cochlear Implant (Cochlear Inc)
BrainGate System (Cyberkinetics)
C-Leg Microprocessor Knee (Otto Bock)
Speeder Models: Boeing CRW (Boeing); SpaceShip One (Vulcan); Moller Skycar (Moller)
Personal Satellite Assistant (NASA Ames)
Spacecraft Models: Daedalus, Matter/Antimatter Rocket; Interstellar Ramjet; Laser-Augmented Ramjet
Tickets are $20 adults (13-64), $18 for seniors (65+), and children (3-12). Advance ticket reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit http://www.thehealthmuseum.org/starwars/or call 713-521-1515, ext. 136.
Members can purchase exhibition tickets at a special rate of $10 for adults, seniors and children. Special pricing for groups to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is $14 for children and seniors and $17 for adults, and includes general admission. To schedule a group, please call 713-551-1515 ext. 121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.