PANAMA CITY BEACH – A new interactive exhibit focusing on the layers of Earth’s “spheres” opened at WonderWorks Panama City Beach on April 2.
“We are delighted with this new exhibit which will help us better understand the planet,” said Michael Walsingham, Managing Director, in a press release. “Our mission is to help make learning fun, and this exhibit is another way of doing it.”
After:WonderWorks Panama City Beach opens new STEM exhibition
“Sphere we go!” is an exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that examines the four different layers that make up the Earth. They include the lithosphere (or geosphere), hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. Visitors to the attraction will learn more about each of the layers, as well as how they interact with each other.
For example, a volcano is one way they interact, and the exhibit explains how that happens. In addition to the content and images on the layers, there is also a high definition video that visually explains the concept. Additionally, there is an exhibit of 3D holograms to help enhance the experience (special glasses are not required).
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, such as mastering technology, solving problems, creativity, curiosity and critical thinking.
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“Preparing today’s children to be the innovators and inventors of tomorrow begins with STEM education programs,” according to information provided by NIHF on Invent.org. “Summer camps, after-school programs and makerspaces provide opportunities to follow traditional learning and rotate it to prioritize the practical experience and real-world application needed to develop a mind innovative.
The interactive indoor amusement park offers over 100 STEM-focused activities for all ages. Some of the exhibits will include a bubble room, Professor Wonder’s Adventure, an interactive sandbox, an illusion art gallery, and xtreme 360 bikes.
“Whether your children are exploring the exhibit for fun or to enhance their education, they won’t be disappointed,” Walsingham added. “We are excited to help people better understand this planet we call home.”
To choose the name for this new exhibit, WonderWorks ran a poll asking people to choose from three names. Employees and social media users weighed in, with the vote sharing like this: Sphere We Go! received 51% of the vote; Get out of the sphere! attracted 38%; and Sphere not these earthly layers! obtained 11%.
WonderWorks Panama City Beach offers many STEM-related exhibits and activities throughout the year. There are also demonstrations, activities, virtual learning labs, science fair partnerships, home days and more. For more information on WonderWorks STEM programs, visit WonderWorksOnline.com.
The attraction has COVID-19 security protocols in place to help stop the spread of the virus. It cut hours, improved cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, and employee health checks. Employees also wear personal protective equipment. For a full list of the security measures in place, visit the website.