|Efficiency, Conservation and Recycling combine for a fun and interactive way to learn about smart energy choices!
Conservation Questsm comes to ECHO from Stepping
Stones Children’s Museum, in Norwolk, Connecticut. The exhibit
was developed to create a highly interactive, hands-on way for
visitors to learn the power of making smart energy and
conservation choices. Visitors are encouraged to explore ways to
save with light bulbs, electricity and recycling. They are
introduced to solar, wind and hydropower and can play with
circuits to power up lights, radios and fans. Below is just a
sampling of some of the many interactive you'll find in the
exhibit here at ECHO, as you train to become an ENERGY SUPER
HERO! Also, don't forget about all our programs and special
events related to the Power Play
How Do You Stack Up?
Stack up blocks sized to represent the amount of electricity
various appliances use and determines how much electricity your
family uses each day. You can play again and again, changing simple things to try and use less electricity. Learn how much
electricity families use, and find ways to use less.
Watt's the Use?
Turn on different electronics and use the attached watt
meters to display their electricity use. You can also compare
electricity use between different items that do the same thing –
which uses less: clothes dryer versus a clothesline?
Turn a crank to compare the amount of energy required to
light up an incandescent light bulb, a CFL and a LED. Learn
about which is more efficient, the cost of using each bulb, how
long they last, and disposal and conservation tips. This fun
interactive lets you FEEL the difference in energy use between
the three different light bulbs!
Sort The Waste
Learn about where waste goes while sorting 2-dimensional
items into their proper containers: Plastics, Glass, Paper,
Metals, Garbage, Compost, Donations and Other. Learn how much
waste the average person produces, or how we can generate
electricity from trash.
Create a circuit to power up LED lights, fans and alarms.
You'll explore wires and electrical devices, create a circuit,
and understand what electricity is and where it comes from.
Learn to identify the parts of a circuit, understand how
electricity travels, and how to conserve electricity!
Explore how water, wind and solar energy are used to generate
electricity and turn on different electronics. Visitors learn
specifics about wind turbines, hydropower dams and solar panels.
Map of the World
Visitors explore which countries use the most energy around
the world, what sources we use and for what purposes using a map
Conservation QuestSM was designed and produced
using environmentally friendly materials and practices. Each of
these features are highlighted in the exhibit design.
- Eco-friendly graphics (banners, board, wallpaper, canvas
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood and
water-based stains and sealants
- Fiber drums for cabinetry
- Eco-resin used instead of plexiglass
- No plastic laminates
- ENERGY STAR® electronics