AWEsome Energy is on its way

Posted on September 14, 2011


2001 was a big year for the DuPage Children’s Museum and me.  The museum opened its location in Naperville; I had my first baby.

Lindsey "goggles-up" for the wind tunnel (2006).

Over the last 10 years, my kids have enjoyed many trips to the museum. Some of our best times have been in the AirWorks and WaterWays areas. Like many families, we splashed at the water tables, created monster-sized bubbles, and goggled-up to hold pinwheels in the wind tunnel.

Our days were so busy; we barely noticed that the kids — and exhibits — are getting older. They’re ready for something more. Over the next few years, the museum has exciting plans to re-imagine these popular exhibits.

The Tellabs Foundation recently pledged $100,000 to help transform the exhibits into Air Water Electricity: AWEsome Energy.  The project will help children:

  • Understand the common properties of water and air and how they can make energy
  • Experience the “cause and effect” of their actions on energy sources
  • Experiment with electrical circuits (safely, of course)

Kathryn, always soaked at the water tables (2003).

Hands-on learning will be a big part of AWEsome Energy. Activities will encourage kids to team up and work together to solve problems. The museum will also add more challenging tasks for 7- to 10-year-old visitors, to keep them engaged alongside younger siblings.

2014 will be another big year for the DuPage Children’s Museum and me. The museum will open the new exhibit; I will be the parent of a teenager (gulp).

We can be proud of the progress we’ve made in the last 10 years. And it’s exciting to look ahead to the next chapter. You can learn more about the exhibit in a recent news release.

Good luck to the museum as it develops AWEsome Energy. I’m eager to see what it will bring to our community’s youngest learners.

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