to Catawba Science Center, where hands-on
learning makes science
To change lives and inspire learning through science and wonder.
permanent exhibit areas explore Physical, Natural and Earth sciences,
while interactive traveling exhibits rotate throughout the year.
Freshwater and saltwater aquarium exhibits – featuring a marine
touch pool with LIVE sharks and stingrays —offer exciting hands-on
learning experiences in immersive habitats.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 through
FEBRUARY 16, 2014
According to author Amy Stewart, “Some people dream about their book getting made into a movie, but I dream about it getting made into a traveling cabinet of wonders.” Stewart’s dream is coming true as Wicked Plants: The Exhibit runs through February, 16, 2014 in Carpenter Hall at Catawba Science Center (CSC).
Thanks the generous support of von Drehle Corporation and Shurtape, admission into Wicked Plants: The Exhibit is included in CSC’s General Admission rates and admission is always free for CSC Members.
The new exhibit will introduce visitors to the evildoers lurking in their own backyards and beyond. Inspired by Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, the exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals—without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment, or other danger. Menacing interactive displays set in an eerie environment are designed to educate and entertain children and adults with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.
Designed to educate the public and increase science literacy, Wicked Plants exposes plants associated with a myriad of negative health effects, including addiction, obesity, allergies, pain, poisoning, cognitive impairment, organ failure, and even death. Showcasing more than 100 plants, the exhibit takes an open- ended approach to health education, providing visitors with an opportunity to weigh the risks of utilizing specific wicked plants.
Visitors will step into a macabre world where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous, or just plain nasty, the diabolical botanicals represented throughout Wicked Plants are shown in all their fearful glory. Guests will be introduced to infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim.
Upon entering a decrepit old home, guests will be introduced to the crime family of the plant world, the deadly Nightshades. A veritable rogue’s gallery features portraits of these intriguing characters who beguile unsuspecting victims. In the conservatory, weeds of mass destruction have taken over, while a crime scene in the potions laboratory teaches that things aren’t always what they seem, especially in the plant world.
A supper served in the dining room could be a visitor’s last. Guests will discover that even the most mundane foods can be poisonous under certain circumstances. The terrible toxicodendrons in the parlor can really get under a visitor’s skin. From poison ivy to poison arrows, the collection of weaponry in the hallway uses plant derivatives to immobilize and even kill prey.
The social misfits of the plant world are relegated to the bathroom. Visitors will find botanicals that smell foul, and even some that catch fire. Plants in the yard are on the offensive: some secrete sap, some produce exploding fruit, and some have stems that embed into skin. Unruly and altogether mean, these plants are on the attack.
Wicked Plants: The Exhibit was developed by the North Carolina Arboretum. Please visit them in Asheville, NC.
Opens January 19, 2013
Celebrate CSC’s 38th Anniversary Year; visit this special “old”- yet new exhibit tracing the history of Catawba Science Center!
HAVE YOU EVER:
- Stuck your head in an aquarium to watch fish swimming?
- Seen an animal skeleton, colorful minerals, strange fossils, and insects up close?
- Seen rocks and minerals glow under “black light?”
- Looked through a large microscope at feathers, insects, or other tiny items?
- Seen photos of children and wondered if they are now Science Professionals as adults?
- Been told to open drawers to see what is inside?
You will get do experience all of this and more as you explore this special exhibit!
Infectious Diseases: Evolving Challenges
to Human Health
Now Open – First Floor
Visitors get an in-depth view of the microbes that cause some
of the world’s most deadly diseases and explore the challenges
facing researchers today.
Infectious Diseases: Evolving Challenges
of Human Health was prepared
by the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Science.
Copyright 2007 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Funded in part by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
through the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes
Infectious Diseases: Evolving Challenges of Human Health
is sponsored locally by Northwest Area Health Education Center
Wake Forest University School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC
Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center.
Sharks & Stingrays
See and touch different species of LIVE sharks and stingrays in
this hands-on marine habitat. See Live shark feedings. Check CSC's Event Calendar for times.
Coastal North Carolina
Explore a coastal habitat for marine creatures. See and touch hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs and observe a variety of coastal fish.
Featuring Expedition Amazon
See rare and remarkable fish, frogs, snakes, turtles lizards and crabs native to the Amazon Basin. Look closely for freshwater stingrays
and brilliantly colored poison dart frogs.
Get an underwater view of a variety of fish found in an Amazon oxbow lake – including
Silver Arowana, Eartheaters, Catfish and beautiful Peacock Bass. Learn
about oxbows, or crescent-shaped lakes in lowland Amazonia that form when a
river changes course.
Wall of Life
Biotope aquariums display species native to various habitats in
South America – whitewater, brackish and blackwater streams,
as well as an up-close look at predator, camouflage and endangered
fish species. Expedition Amazon includes electric fish, including
knifefish and a three-foot electric eel.
Hall of Astronomy
Explore the surface
of Mars using a robot arm, view live images of our solar
system downloaded from the Hubble Spacecraft, create a dust devil
and see a model of NASA’s
Mars Exploration Rover in this hands-on exhibit area located
just outside the doors to the Millholland Planetarium.
Create and launch rockets, race a friend on pulley playground,
take a spin in Spin Circle, power a TV and electric fan, and more.
Energy Avenue is located in the lower level of CSC.
Design your own invention, build a rocket, experiment with circuits,
make a car that runs on air and bring your invention to life at
the “Wall of Moving Art.” Activities feature Take-Apart-Days,
weekend demonstrations and cool events.
Be part of a water cycle, slam dunk on the basketball court and
make your own music in VR Xtreme, Catawba Science Center’s
virtual reality theater, located just off
Energy Avenue on the
lower level of CSC.
Learn about conditions on the Sun, experiment with forces of water
and experience 78 MPH of fun in CSC’s Tornado Simulator.
Located off Energy Avenue on the lower level of CSC.
Discover science North Carolina style. Climb the mountain wall,
experiment with sound and search for fossils at the end of the
brook. This outdoor exhibit space is closed during inclement weather.
Visit CSC's recently remodeled Naturalist Center – home
of Swampy the Alligator and Seymour, an African spur tortoise,
and Pedro, a desert tortoise. Observe live reptiles, amphibians,
insects and arachnids, in addition to an eclectic collection of
preserved animals, insects, fossils and more.
Explore the world around you - visit a farm, treehouse and play
with the puppet animals inside, experiment with light, go fishing
and build an igloo with "ice blocks" in this colorful, interactive
learning space for CSC's youngest visitors.
Explore the principles of motion in this high-speed exhibit area
with hands-on activities using balls and various types of tracks.