Chabot Space & Science Center Opens LabDash!

Nov 15, 2012, 15:52 ET from Chabot Space & Science Center

Award Winning Climate Lab Phase II Launched with Visitors' Inventions Featured

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bill Nye's Climate Lab II: Lab Dash! opens to the public on Saturday, November 17 with new games and activities, new avatars and new ways to earn points. Opening Day visitors will be among the first to test the game LabDash!, and submit inventions in the Green Machine Design Challenge.

The Center will hold an all-day "Dash to the Lab" starting at 10:00 am, continuing throughout the day until 4:00 pm. Dash to the Lab celebrates imagination and inventions as visitors don their Climate Agent lab coats and collect codes to unlock the Mission Briefcase and receive a prize, along with blueprints for additional activities and entry into a raffle.

The most participatory feature of the Lab is the Green Machine Design Challenge, which invites visitors to invent their own apparatuses designed to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. A select number of drawings will be fabricated as 3D models by artisans and metal fabricators. These winning designs will be added to the exhibit in an ongoing rotating display.

In 2011, Chabot Space & Science Center was awarded Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience for Bill Nye's Climate Lab, recognizing the extraordinary accomplishment in an exhibit. With major funding from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Bill Nye's Climate Lab II: LabDash!, enhances the innovative, hands-on exhibition that educates visitors about the science of climate change, cultivating positive, workable solutions to the challenge of energy production on the planet.

According to Alexander Zwisser, Chabot's Executive Director and CEO, "When it opened in 2010, Bill Nye's Climate Lab was quickly recognized by our community and by our peers in the science center and climate science fields as a groundbreaking exhibition. This Climate Lab II will continue to engage visitors in extraordinary ways, and by including the Green Machine Design Challenge, we are finding even more intensive ways for visitors to participate in a clean energy and sustainable future."

Entrance to Bill Nye's Climate Lab II is included with general admission, adult $15.95, youth (ages 3 - 12) $11.95. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the box office (510) 336-7373 or online at

SOURCE Chabot Space & Science Center