The Director of the National Museum of Science and Technology (MUNCYT), Marián del Egido, and the Director the Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation Gas Museum, Eva Buch, inaugurated the exhibition ‘Want to play? Let's think about Energy!’ in the La Coruña branch of the MUNCYT, which will run until 15 July 2018.
The exhibition will allow visitors to discover the secrets of gas and electricity as sources of energy through various interactive spaces with educational and fun experiments designed by the Gas Museum. The touring exhibition has already run at the Logroño Science House and the Light Factory. Ponferrada Energy Museum.
"With an educational approach, the exhibition lets visitors experience the nature, creation and distribution of these energies which are so vital to everyday life,” explained Gas Museum Director Eva Buch. “It also considers how energy was created in the past, without modern technology, which tools we currently use to produce energy and bring it to our homes, the economic costs of energy, and the efficiency habits we need to avoid wasting it,” she added.
The exhibition comprises interactive modules for experimenting with energy, divided into five themed sections: Electrically surprised (on electricity), Gaseously aware (on natural gas), You communicate thanks to energy (on sound), Energy to live (on the thermal energy emitted by our bodies) and The miracle of luminescence (on the phenomenon of phosphorescence).
The experiments include a dark room in which visitors can draw using the light from a lantern; a thermal imaging camera, with which you can see the infra-red radiation given off by the human body and see how we are a heat machine in operation; a pedal-powered car that generates electricity to light some bulbs; and an experiment with tubes of different materials down which a neodymium magnet is dropped in order to see that some fall more slowly than others based on whether the material is more or less conductive.
The exhibition's experiments also include an aquarium with two bulbs –one incandescent and one LED– that, when they are turned on, show that the incandescent heats up slowly because of the small bubbles; a flexible hose that shoots out air to steer a ball and see how natural gas travels from the natural deposits to our homes; a balloon full of air that, when submerged in liquid nitrogen, changes state and occupies much less space; and a Van Der Graff generator to see how electrons order themselves inside a battery.
Visitors will be able to take part in the following series of free workshops aimed at family audiences: ‘Touch, play and learn’ workshops, which will take place on alternate Saturdays from 12 pm to 1 pm, and ‘Experiments with the family’, which will also take place on alternate Saturdays and every Sunday from 12 pm to 1 pm. Participants will need to register in advance, by calling 689 578 727 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.