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LESSONS FROM THE PACIFIC COAST, THE HATFIELD CENTER, NEWPORT, OREGON

POSTED JULY 28 AT 11:06 AM

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January 6, 2011

Contact: Gerianne Smart
gsmart@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 125

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center Open
Newest exhibit: raise the roof

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, will be opening its newest exhibit, RAISE THE ROOF, on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Though we spend approximately 90% of our lives in buildings, we don’t think much about the roof over our heads, the floor beneath our feet, or the doorways we walk through. The design and engineering of buildings, from city skyscrapers to backyard dog houses, are all related to each other through fundamental construction principles.

ECHO’s newest exhibit, Raise the Roof, presents a fun and fascinating look at buildings and what makes them stand up as well as what makes them come down. This highly interactive exhibit, developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota, will be available to ECHO guests through May 1, 2011.

Visitors will learn how still air insulates and moving air sets a chill with the Down Draft House. The Demolition Theater will show how large buildings are demolished without scratching a window of the buildings nearby. Visitors can create an earthquake and see how much power is needed to topple a building on the Earthquake Shake Table. Basic building principles are introduced through this exhibit as well including the use of compression and tangents with the Build a Truss feature.

Perhaps the most dramatic component of the exhibit is the Dome Structure. With many cranks of the hand, the building walls slowly come together and voila, a beautiful dome building is complete! YOU RAISED THE ROOF!

During the three-month stay of this exhibit, the ECHO education team will be presenting a myriad of activities to complement RAISE THE ROOF, one such activity is the construction of an igloo made completely of plastic gallon milk jugs!

Buildings are cultural, practical, and beautiful structures in our lives. The Raise the Roof exhibit will give visitors a new appreciation of buildings. They’ll never look at one the same way again!

For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org.
 

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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