JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Science Center today unveiled E-Quest: Exploring Earth's Energy, a large-scale interactive experience that takes an unprecedented journey through the five major sources of Earth's energy. Designed by internationally noted museum and exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum, E-Quest continues LSC's commitment to interactive learning through dynamic, state-of-the-art exhibits. E-Quest is LSC's largest new exhibit since its 1993 launch. E-Quest has been made possible by a $1 million grant from Exxon Corporation (NYSE: XON). This grant brings the corporation's total support of Liberty Science Center to more than $3 million since its opening. The highly innovative nature of the exhibition is seen in such interactive elements as: -- A ten-foot-high geyser. Guests will control valves to create either a geyser or a bubbling hot spring by controlling the flow of water in an underground reservoir. The height of the geyser is achieved by the sudden introduction of air. -- Magma chamber. A six-foot-tall tank of moving, viscous fluid illustrates the natural movement of heat from underneath the Earth's crust to the surface through volcanoes. This large-scale display of natural forces at work is lit to suggest the high temperatures at which rock liquefies. -- Plasma chamber. Created by a 16-year-old New Jersey high school student, the plasma chamber demonstrates how plasma (ionized air) is shaped as it flows through a vacuum. Activating magnetic field coils will stabilize the plasma and make it last longer. "As a technology-based energy company, Exxon has a special interest in science education," said Tony Atkiss, vice president of public affairs for Exxon Corporation, located in Irving, Texas. "Exxon is especially pleased to be a major supporter of Liberty Science Center. Our grant not only reflects our commitment to and stake in New Jersey, it also underscores our continuing long-term efforts to ensure that American children receive a strong and competitive education in science, math and engineering." "A science center must keep pace with discoveries in science and technology," said LSC President and CEO, Dr. Emlyn Koster. "E-Quest will add a major dimension to our guest experience on the Environment Floor. It will also position this science center as an innovator in closing the gap between science and society." Ralph Appelbaum Associates have designed E-Quest as a series of five energy stations, each representing a different source of energy. Departing from the traditional exhibit style, E-Quest allows the visitor to join the exploration for energy, experimenting as geologists, oceanographers, chemical and nuclear engineers, etc., as they search the Earth for its energy resources. The designers have used structural elements, such as steel pipes and Plexiglas plates, to create the visual sense of being in laboratory research conditions. E-Quest's five energy stations are: -- Surface (wind, solar, hydro) -- Bio-Stored (oil, coal, natural gas, bio-mass) -- Nuclear (fission, fusion) -- Ocean (waves, tidal, ocean-thermal) -- Geo-Thermal (hydro-thermal, hot dry rock, magma) Guests will have direct hands-on experiences at each of the stations, which demonstrate the extraordinary ways humans have explored for and harnessed Earth's energy sources as civilizations have developed. E-Quest is a major advancement in exhibition concept and design expanding the boundaries of Liberty Science Center's commitment to be a lifelong public resource for interactive exploration of science and technology. "Ralph Appelbaum's design is a visually arresting and unprecedented merger of science and art. He has grasped the essence of LSC and the complex nature of E-Quest and merged them into an artistic and scientific whole," continues Dr. Koster. Ralph Appelbaum's credits include the acclaimed United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the recent renovations to the dinosaur halls in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Exxon, with more than 4,000 employees in New Jersey, has a long history of philanthropy in the tri-state region. Since 1990, for example, Exxon and the Exxon Education Foundation have given more than $12 million in New Jersey. Liberty Science Center, located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J., is a major public institution devoted to informal science and technology education. The Center is home to more than 250 hands-on exhibits on Invention, Health and Environment floor themes, numerous science-related activities and demonstrations, and the domed Kodak IMAX theater, the nation's largest. Four million guests have come to LSC, making it one of the region's most-visited family attractions.
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