On Sunday, Jesse, Sarah, and I hit up the brand new Science Center in Hartford. It was opening weekend for the museum and wow – it was crazy fun. I’m extremely impressed by Hartford. Our abandoned city really needs locations like this one to encourage more residents to visit their state capital. Now all we need is a major university plunked into the center of town and we’d be golden.
The Science Center is a beautiful building built over the I-91 corridor. If you’re driving north or south through Hartford the building’s impossible to miss. It has a beautiful wave-like roof and an overhanging diagonal glass wall that gives a glimpse into the building’s atrium.
The exhibits were a blast. First and foremost for fun was a relaxation game. Two participants would sit across from each other and put on headbands with sensors in the front. Graphs above each player indicate the brain activity of that particular player. On the table between them, is a long glass tube within which a ball is floating. The ball will move towards whichever player has more brain activity.
The goal is to keep yourself as calm as possible and get the ball to reach the other player.
This has got me thinking about how I might create one of these games for the house of rock. I can’t imagine it’d be too difficult.
Other awesome exhibits:
The Geology of CT.
Helmet Testing (a-la giant hammer)
The CT River
Well done Connecticut Science Center!!! And Hartford, I’m proud of you.