Starting March 11, 2021, visitors to WonderWorks Pigeon Forge will be able to view a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-focused exhibit that will spotlight the layers or spheres of the Earth.
“This is a great new exhibit that helps us learn more about this place we call home,” says Ed Shaffer, General Manager of WonderWorks at Pigeon Forge. “We loved having the public help us come up with the name for the new exhibit. “
The exhibit will focus on the four layers, or spheres, that the Earth possesses. These include the lithosphere (or geosphere), the hydrosphere, the biosphere and the atmosphere. Those who visit the exhibit can read on the spheres, view images, and watch a high-definition 3D hologram video that doesn’t require special glasses. The video provides a visual explanation of the layers and how they interact, to enhance the experience.
STEM education, according to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, focuses on teaching children real-world applications that help develop a variety of skill sets. Some of the skills that children learn through STEM education include mastering technology, problem solving, creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation. Finding ways to introduce them to STEM topics in a fun way can help make them more interested.
“Our mission is to help make learning fun for everyone,” Shaffer added. “With this exhibit, we are helping people learn some STEM topics in a fun and memorable atmosphere. It’s very exciting!”
To choose the name for the new poll, WonderWorks ran a poll asking people to choose from three names. Both employees and social media users weighed in, with the following results being the result of the exhibition name survey: Sphere we go! is the new official name of the exhibition.
A. Sphere We are going! – 51% of the votes
B. Get out of the sphere! – 38%
C. Sphere not these earthly layers! – 11%
Although this was the inaugural year of the art competition, it will take place every year and submissions will be accepted every fall. In addition to the SM-Art competition, WonderWorks Pigeon Forge offers home school days, virtual learning labs, and more. WonderWorks also offers many STEM-related exhibits, activities and demonstrations. For more information, visit the site at: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge.
WonderWorks has adopted COVID-19 safety protocols, including reduced hours, increased cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, employee health exams, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Customers are encouraged to review all safety regulations prior to their visit to the COVID-19 webpage: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/covid-19.
WonderWorks at Pigeon Forge offers 35,000 square feet of “entertainment” opportunities, presenting itself as an amusement park for the mind. It offers more than 100 interactive exhibits covering natural disasters and the discovery of space, an imagination lab, a physical challenge zone, a distant art gallery and a sound and light zone. WonderWorks is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information visit: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/.