The SEE Science Center, located in Manchester, NH, is an interactive educational center. The building was donated in 1986, and has since been promoting the understanding and enjoyment of science, math and technology. With hands-on exhibits, it encourages children to explore the sounds, sights, and air around them.
Exhibits at the Center include a moon bounce, where children discover the difference of gravity on earth and moon. Static electricity stations allow children to explore the energy their bodies produce and the effects it has on the space around them. Lights shining on walls allows children the opportunity to discover how shadows work and that different angles of the lights change shadows. Weights, pulleys, levers and gears let children learn the dynamics of these mechanisms. In special chairs, children get to sit while their peers attempt to pull their weight up with ropes. The various amounts of pulleys per chair lets children discover how the pulleys change the “weight” of the person.
The SEE Science Center also contains several sound stations. These include sound tubes where children listen on each end to each other and see how different lengths of the tubes affects the voices. Guitar strings and harps modified to make different sounds are also fun exhibits available. The sound disks at the center allow children to stand back to back a room length’s away and be able to talk to each other.
One of the most fascinating exhibits is the LEGO® Millyard Project. This project is a minifigure scale (meaning 55:1) and is the largest permanent exhibit in the world. It represents what the mill looked like circa 1900. The LEGO Millyard was built with approximately three million LEGO bricks and contains about 8,000 minifigures. If the pieces were lined end to end, it would go from the SEE Science Center to the Museum of Science in Boston, MA, and back again. The project began in October of 2004 and was worked on until November of 2006. It took over 10,000 “person” hours to complete and no custom pieces were made for the project.
The SEE Science Center is open seven days a week; weekdays from 10 AM until 4 PM and weekends 10 AM to 5 PM. They are closed some holidays. Normal admission is 6 dollars per person, with children under 1 free. SEE Members are also free.
To learn more about the SEE Science Center, visit their website.
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