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California Science Center

Posted: February 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Students visit the California Science Center in Los Angeles. (Courtesy)

 

The California Science Center is an exciting place. There are many attractions for children of all ages to enjoy.

I will be writing this review of the Cleopatra exhibit and the Space Shuttle Endeavour from an elementary student’s perspective.

The Cleopatra exhibit starts the visitor off with an exciting mini-movie. Then the visitor gets an audio controller that looks a lot like a TV remote. The audio player will play pre-recorded information for each numbered exhibit.

The pre-recorded information offers details about Cleopatra’s life events such as when she became queen, all of her husbands and the war with the Romans.

With all of the background noise and other visitors talking, I found it hard to concentrate on the pre-recorded messages; however the messages offered good detail for each step in the time-line of Cleopatra and the rise and fall of Ancient Egypt.

An interactive station about pyramid construction was at the end of the exhibit.

The station allows visitors to use ropes to pull a rock on the floor and on a sled to demonstrate the difference in friction between the two models. I found this station very exciting and there were many children waiting to take turns with each rope-pull activity.

I liked the interactive elements that intrigue people like the pre-recorded messages and the mini-movie. They make the exhibit more exciting for children.

My brother even proclaimed, “It makes me feel like I am in Cleopatra’s world.”

The Endeavour space shuttle is the next exhibit I experienced on this trip.

Upon entering the large room where the Endeavour sits on steel pillars, visitors are awe struck at the Endeavour’s size.

Visitors can walk under and around the Endeavour. The Science Center offers docent demonstrations throughout this exhibit.

The one I observed was about how different objects react in a vacuum. I found this exhibit very interesting because I can not do this experiment at home.

I highly recommend visitors of all ages visit the California Science Center to experience the Cleopatra and the Endeavour exhibits.

Sydney Hooper, age 11, member of local groups: Homeschool and Homeschooling Explorers in Santa Clarita, SCVi Homestudy

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