About Kentucky Science Center
Hands-on Science Exploration
The World We Create opened in 1997. This 12,500 square-foot permanent exhibit lets visitors make use of their creative and problem-solving skills. Over 40 activity stations involving the fields of chemistry, physics, engineering, telecommunications, and manufacturing encourage visitors to discover how math, science, and technology are at work in their everyday lives. Hands-on demonstrations and lively interactive presentations are made daily in the Tech Forum and Chemistry Kitchen. Traveling versions of The World We Create have appeared in museums across the United States, as well as in 19 rural Kentucky counties and the Netherlands.
A special hands-on area for children younger than seven was renovated and renamed KidZone in 1998. Six activity areas allow children to explore the world brought down to their size. Take Off! features a climbing structure and airplane, Hop On! offers an ambulance and mass-transit bus, and Blast Off! features a lunar model. Let’s Build! puts kids at the controls in a construction area. Explore! is a safe crawling area for infants and pre-walkers. The new Splash! water play area, which opened in February 2009, allows children to build and race boats down a two-lane track, and manipulate pipes and tubing to experiment with water flow. We’ve incorporated age-appropriate science concepts into the exhibits to make KidZone educational and fun for little hands and minds.
The World Within Us opened in 2001. Health and life sciences are the focus of this 10,500 square-foot permanent exhibit that encompasses 75 interactive components. Three galleries provide user-friendly, fact-based information to help visitors learn about good health. The BodyWatch Gallery takes the visitor on a journey inside seven body systems and examines how each works. In the TimeZone Gallery, exhibit activities help visitors make wise decisions about healthy living at every stage of life. The Breakthrough Gallery showcases the accomplishments and careers of regional medical researchers, our own “Science Heroes.” The BioLab is a high-tech demonstration wet lab for life sciences programs.
The World Around Us, the final phase of our permanent exhibits plan, opened in September of 2005. In this 8,000 square-foot natural and earth sciences exhibit, visitors explore their connections to the world, discovering that we all have an impact on the world around us – we all leave our ecological footprints. The exhibit consists of 23 interactive components that appeal to visitors of all ages, interests, and abilities. Integral to the project is the Discovery Gallery, which re-introduces the public to historic Science Center favorites such as the mummy and the polar bears.
On a Science Literacy Mission
The Kentucky Science Center is committed to expanding its capacity as a leader in science, math, technology and engineering. Improved science literacy will impact our community by encouraging scientific inquiry skills that are critical to workforce development and future innovation. Creative thinking, effective problem solving, open mindedness, and the encouragement of curiosity allow us to explore the world with fresh eyes. The hallmarks of good science should be embraced by everyone and the Kentucky Science Center will continue to work to make science personal, fun, participatory and relevant for our community, state and region for generations to come. Science matters, and the Kentucky Science Center will continue to work to encourage hands-on science investigation that harnesses curiosity and prepares our future leaders for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.
In the permanent exhibit, The World Around Us, visitors notice all life is connected in wondrous and fascinating ways. It's a discovery that inspires many to spend a lifetime exploring, enjoying and protecting the natural world. Numerous IMAX films carry environmental stewardship messages focusing on everything from the importance of fresh water resources to the drastically changing landscapes that impact plants, animals and humans. Camp and public programs programs address themes of recycling and environmental science, and preschool programs at the Parklands take families with young children right out into the woods, waterways and grassy areas of our local nature-scapes for first-hand inspiration.
The Kentucky Science Center is excited to partner with the Office of Sustainability’s efforts to continue to make Louisville a leader in green initiatives.