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 of Health.
Infectious Diseases: Evolving Challenges of Human
is sponsored locally by Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of
Wake Forest University School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC program,
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. Live shark feedings are held daily.
Coastal North Carolina
Explore a coastal habitat for marine creatures, and the chance
to see and touch sea stars, urchins, conchs, horseshoe and hermit
crabs, reef fish and more.
Featuring Expedition Amazon
See rare and remarkable fish, frogs, snakes, turtles and birds
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
Explore the principles of motion in this high-speed exhibit area with hands-on
activities using balls and various types of tracks.