In this Concept Design, visitors engage with a variety of interactive exhibits to learn about science, the earth and its natural systems.
NASA has made education one of its principal mandates. At INFINITY, a new educational center in Gulfport, Mississippi, NASA hoped to kindle children’s passion for science, math and technology. They wanted to empower all visitors to believe they can understand science. Inspired by the passion of Stennis’ scientists, ESI created a fun, hands-on laboratory where visitors use scientists’ tools to explore and map earth, oceans and space.
The experience begins with an exhilarating, immersive 3D video that transports visitors from the depths of the ocean to the farthest reaches of space. The Earth Gallery focuses on investigations of Earth as a holistic, life-supporting system. Visitors use the tools and methodologies of Stennis’ scientists to explore Earth’s oceans, land masses and atmosphere, and the interactions among them. With environmental monitoring tools and remote sensing data, visitors test water pollution, map the ocean floor and discern dynamic global patterns, such as hurricanes and global warming.
In the Space Gallery, visitors investigate how Earth fits into our solar system and galaxy. In one of the most thrilling activities, visitors simulate the rocket engine tests conducted at Stennis Space Center.
School groups and visitors who want a more in-depth experience at INFINITY can participate in “Scientist In Training” Missions. ESI developed these missions to help students learn how scientists tackle real-world issues. Participants gather and analyze real data, create maps or charts to illustrate their findings, and work with docents who lead them in group discussions about the issues they investigated.
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“This truly will be an adventure.”