SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Events Center will host a national traveling exhibition that explores Earth’s ever-changing physical and biological systems.
“Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet,” which features media and interactive experiences, will be on display June 28-Sept. 22 at the center, 8030 S. 1825 West.
"'Discover Earth' gives a great foundation for understanding life and life sciences,” library director Jim Cooper said in a statement. “It gives a broader understanding for life on the planet and a sense of timelessness on Earth.”
According to a news release, the exhibit strives to make science fun and interesting with hands-on, multimedia activities on topics such as wild weather events, our changing ecosystems and the global view of Earth. It will focus on earth science topics — such as the differences between weather and climate, water cycle effects, and ecosystem changes.
The exhibit is divided into three areas — "Our Changing Planet," "Ecosystems: The Web of Life," and "Environmental Change at Home." Exhibit components incorporate personal narratives, graphics, video, animation and simulation-based educational games.
The library will also offer a related series of public events to bring science, technology, engineering and math programming to children, teens and adults, namely BioBlitz with the Natural History Museum of Utah. BioBlitz is an interactive citizen science program where participants can learn how to assist in scientific research by making their own observations right in their backyard.
The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet” was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in partnership with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance.
The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation. It is part of the National Center for Interactive Learning's STAR Library Education Network.