Power a light bulb, experiment with power grids and test the law of conservation using a rollercoaster in a new exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center. The Experience Energy gallery opens Saturday, Nov. 17 in the center's lower level.
"Energy is an evolving field of science that will forever be relevant to our lives. We are excited to give our visitors a jumping off point into this fascinating topic," said Bert Vescolani, CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. "From concept, to design, to fabrication — this is the largest gallery created almost entirely by the Science Center and really showcases the expertise of our staff."
The gallery is part of the center's free exhibit space and adds 2,200 square feet of space. The gallery was funded by a grant from the Department of Energy. The grant, in partnership with Missouri University of Science and Technology, focused on electric vehicles, energy and energy-related professions. Contributors to "Experience Energy" with a local presence, include Ameren, MicroGrid Solar, Six Flags St. Louis and Peabody Energy. Ameren donated electrical poles, wiring, a transformer, a light and manpower for installation. MicroGrid Solar outfitted the gallery with a solar panel. Six Flags St. Louis made it possible for a science center crew to film on its roller coasters. Peabody Energy provided coal to be used in the "Powered by Coal" exhibit.
The Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63110. Call 314-289-4400 or visit the SLSC website for more information.