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
-- 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
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
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.
SOURCE Liberty Science Center