How does your body discriminate between hot and cold sensations?
How genetically similar are you to a fruit fly?
You might be surprised to learn the answers to these questions and more about the human body at the new interactive exhibits at Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco.
She Is Dallas Info: Sci-Tech Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway in Frisco. They are located within the Frisco Discovery Center, just south of Frisco Square, off of the Cotton Gin Rd./Main Street. Their hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 5:00, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 6:00. General admission is $7.00, seniors $5.50, and children age two and under are free. For more information, please call 972-546-3050 or visit the Sci-Tech Discovery Center website. Be sure to follow Sci-Tech Discovery Center on Facebook and Sci-Tech on Twitter as well.
My family spent several hours at Sci-Tech recently. The kids loved all of the interactive stations that actually encouraged them to touch the displays, pick up objects, press buttons, and move things around.
The Bodies in Balance exhibit includes 24 interactive stations that let you experience first hand how hard your body works to keep all of its complex systems in balance. We learned about how the body uses calories in food, how allergens affect our bodies and how the body responds,
We also learned about the Nano world of really small things. My kids spent most of their time playing with the ferrofluid and magnets. Ferrofluid is a liquid that has tiny pieces of iron in it so it acts like a magnet. Hold a magnet or two beside the container and see what happens! The balance table was also a big hit where my kids had to work together to create a balanced environment. They were just having fun but there was a lot of learning going on.
Putting DNA to Work, is an wonderful exhibit developed by the National Academy of Sciences ™ Marian Koshland Science Museum. My kids liked some parts of it but this exhibit is better for older kids and adults. I’m a genetics nerd want-to-be so I loved it. I learned how inherited diseases are identified, looked for DNA mutations, and learned examine DNA sequences, and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrets hidden in our genes.
Our absolute favorite part of our exploration at Sci-Tech Discovery Center was the live demonstrations with Liquid Nitrogen. We saw what happens when various objects are frozen in Liquid Nitrogen and learned about what happens when a gas gets hotter or colder.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center is open 6 days a week. Check out the calendar of events for some special attractions such as Sci-Tech Story Time, Girl Scouts and STEM workshops, Tinkering Time Saturdays, one day camps, homeschool classes, and more. You and your children will have some mind-stretching fun learning about your body and the world around you.