On September 27, Thanksgiving Point announced that it is planning to build “the best children’s science museum in the nation,” known as the Utah Children’s Science and Tech Center. But what does that mean? Well, it means offering hands-on learning for a variety of STEM topics, ranging from astronomy to human biology to renewable energy. The new science center will not just showcase science topics, but will inspire curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of our world. It will help prepare our children to enter STEM and become leaders and innovators.
10 Sciences You Could Explore at the New Science Center
One of the most exciting things about planning a new museum is acknowledging the possibilities! While we know this museum will have TONS of different sciences, below is a list of things you may be able to explore when the museum opens in a few years.
Astronomy is the study of everything in the universe beyond Earth. Astronomers study the sun, moon, planets, stars, galaxies, dark matter, and so much more. This science helps us go beyond our own planet and learn where we came from, where we are going, and what we can recreate on Earth or other planets.
- Human Biology and Anatomy
The scientific study of the human species, including evolution, genetics, anatomy, physiology, and ecology, is Human Biology. The study of human biology contributes to so many incredible innovations – from Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to creating vaccines, human biology helps us advance arts and medicine.
Based on biology, biotechnology uses cellular and molecular processes to develop technologies that will improve our lives and the health of the planet. Biotech helps reduce rates of infectious disease, cut greenhouse gas emissions, generate higher crop yields with fewer inputs, and so much more. Kids who learn about this will become inspired to heal, fuel, and feed the world.
- Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is kind of like the art of problem-solving, but specific to the design and manufacture of specific objects. Without mechanical engineers, we would not have things like engines, refrigerators, or air conditioning. Mechanical engineering constantly advances our society and makes things easier and more available to everyone.
The study of matter and energy and their interaction make chemistry, one of the most popular sciences in the world. Chemistry is everywhere in the world around us – from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, it connects many other sciences to each other.
Robotics combines science, engineering, and technology to create machines (robots) that can replicate or substitute human actions. As technology progresses, robots will be used for so many things that humans can’t do – like exploring harsh conditions on Earth and beyond, undertaking rescue missions, and more.
- Energy: Sustainable and Renewable
Energy derived from natural sources, like solar (sunlight) and wind energy, are plentiful around us and are constantly being replenished in a natural way. Generating renewable energy – and finding ways to make it more accessible – will help lower emissions and address the climate crisis.
- Physics and Astrophysics
Physics studies everything in existence, from the smallest subatomic particles to the entire universe. Astrophysics specifically studies the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies using the laws and theories of physics. Both help us understand our position in our world and in our universe.
The branch of atmospheric science and weather forecasting is known as meteorology. Meteorology forecasting can include predicting the weather for the next 10 days and the climate for the next 50 years. It is an important science that educates us on climate change and the effects it may cause to humans and nature.
- Information Technology
Information Technology, otherwise known as IT, is the study of systems (especially computers and telecommunications) for storing, retrieving, and sending information. It is integral to the success of businesses, governments, nonprofits, and everyday people, and is a profession that is constantly in high demand.