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WHAT MOVES YOU? BODY LANGUAGE

Step Into the Physics of Human Movement This Summer at ECHO

BURLINGTON, Vt. — What do throwing a frisbee, snowboarding, and dancing at your high school prom all have in common? The laws of physics, of course. Explore the science of movement by visiting ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center this summer to experience Body Language: an interactive exhibit bringing physics to life, May 17 – September 1. Sponsored by Merchants Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and Vermont Chiropractic Association.

Physics is the science of movement, space, time… basically the universe and everything in it. Sound broad? Well, it is. “Physics is everywhere,” says Executive Director Phelan Fretz (with a nod to Sting), “Every breath you take, every move you make.”

At once universal and invisible, the physics of human movement is such an integrated part of our lives that it can be a difficult concept to understand. That’s where Body Language is unique: The first exhibit designed by professional dancers and physicists, it’s an experiential journey into the wonders of human movement.

Forget “hands-on,” this exhibit is “full-body-on”; engaging every inch of your muscles, mind, and imagination…

  • Get moving with the ultimate interactive giant Snibbe Screens, where you can literally dance with your own shadow and e-mail the image to friends and family.
  • Grab on to a larger-than-life turntable and experience angular momentum and centrifugal force.
  • Test the “maximum force” of your jumps, leaps, and hops.

Body Language combines innovative exhibit elements like Snibbe Interactive Installations from tech-wizard Scott Snibbe, and the Whittaker Center for Science’s popular Bodies in Motion collection; providing over 17 dynamic interactives that make the physics of movement accessible to children and adults of all ages.

ECHO will complement the exhibit with a full spectrum of programming throughout the summer, with performances and workshops by Circus Smirkus, breakdancing Rhythm Riderz, Vermont Frost Heaves, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater of Burlington, and many more. Specific dates can be found on ECHO’s website at www.echovermont.org.

Whether your interest is dance, biking, nanotechnology, or just how you move from point A to point B, Body Language will deepen your understanding of — and appreciation for — the rules of physics that surround us, astound us, and move us through the world.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 species of live fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits and events, and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theater. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. Admission is $7-$9.50; children under 3 and K-12 classroom teachers with credential ID are free. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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