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ScienceWorks Unveils New Programming for 2019

NewsWatch 12's Rachel Tiede shows us how ScienceWorks is adapting to accommodate additional summer visitors due to wildfire smoke. The museum saw a 10 percent increase this summer alone compared to last summer.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2019 7:49 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- ScienceWorks is unveiling new programming for 2019.

These changes come as ScienceWorks adaptings to accommodate additional summer visitors due to wildfire smoke. The museum saw a 10 percent increase this summer alone compared to last summer.

A new exhibit, called Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life "explores evidence for the biological origins of music through highly interactive exhibits and exceptional sound experiences," according to the museum.

The museum is also unveiling a monthly movie night, debuting in March. Dan Ruby, the executive director of the museum, says they'll show science fiction movies, targeted to middle schoolers through college students. This is partly because Ruby says there aren't very many after school programs for kids in that age range.

"We want to be a place people can come hang out, do science activities, [and] get help with homework," Ruby said.

Also new in 2019: adult classes. These are for folks 21 years old and older, because food and alcohol is included. You'll have an interactive lesson, like the young visitors already receive, but "scaled up" for adults, Ruby said.

ScienceWorks has always created exhibits on site, but 2019 brings a refocus to that. Ruby says he wants the museum to build more exhibits, that will then travel to the surrounding areas. This is for people who many have a hard time getting to the museum to experience it.

"We want to have things in Grants Pass and in Klamath Falls and in White City and Central Point at community centers, libraries and schools," Ruby said.

Ruby says there are also plans to eventually remodel the building. Official plans haven't been released yet, but added he hopes the changes will make it easier for visitors to see the projects the museum actively building.

Other things on the way in 2019:

-Wildfire exhibit that shows how fires look from satellites, and includes a simulation that shows how wildfires grow. The plan is to have this open by the summer.

-July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. ScienceWorks is planning an exhibit highlighting the space race. The exhibit will also include a NASA Apollo AR Missile Control console.

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