The Maryland Science Center and Constellation Present POWER UP!
The Maryland Science Center and Constellation today celebrated the opening of the center's newest permanent exhibit, Power Up!. The $1.8 million exhibit, sponsored by Constellation and parent company Exelon, gives visitors an interactive look at the science of electricity. The 4,000-square-foot, multi-lingual (English, Spanish and Braille) exhibit features more than 12 interactive stations that allow visitors to participate in the process of generating, measuring, monitoring and distributing electricity. Power Up! is the first major permanent to exhibit to open at the Maryland Science Center in four years.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today at the Maryland Science Center to commemorate the exhibit's opening. The event included representatives from the Maryland Science Center and Constellation, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, and 20 first-grade students from Federal Hill Prep. The students are among 1,700 Baltimore-area students who will receive bus transportation to the Maryland Science Center this year through Constellation's Sacks for Science program with the Baltimore Ravens.
"The Maryland Science Center is very excited to be working with Constellation to bring such a comprehensive and educational exhibit to our visitors," said Maryland Science Center president and CEO Van Reiner. "Power Up! is a great opportunity for us to engage and educate visitors about a resource that many of us take for granted every day."
"Constellation is honored to sponsor this new energy exhibit that will provide a fun and interactive learning experience for Maryland-area youth," said Mark Huston, president - Constellation Retail, and Maryland Science Center board member trustee. "Inspiring young people to learn more about science and technology is essential to developing new energy solutions for a brighter, more sustainable future."
In addition to the science of electricity generation, Power Up! allows visitors to explore renewable energy resources, energy conservation and energy career choices. Exhibit activities include: powering household items at a "human-generator" station, simulating how to manage Baltimore's electricity load during times of peak use, harnessing the power of hydro-electricity and producing the energy needed to power fluorescent, LED and incandescent light bulbs. Power Up! challenges visitors to build circuits, wire the grid from power plant to home outlet and explore cutting-edge fuels.