Tuesday, October 15 | Submitted by Charlotte McCoy | Downtown Central
The Discovery Center is hosting Treasure! the traveling exhibit from October 1st – December 31, 2013.
What is treasure? Who hunts for treasure? Why do they hunt treasure? How do people hunt for treasure? On a personal level, the exhibit also provokes the question “What do you treasure?”
Treasure! is an educational and entertaining exhibit designed to engage all ages in exploring the science, technology, history and thrill of treasure hunting as well as the people and personalities that hunt for treasure- including visitors of the Discovery Center. The Treasure! exhibit includes a dozen unique and hands on activities that allow visitors to try tools of treasure hunting and investigate treasures in each of these six thematic areas.
Treasure! features six thematic areas:
Underwater Treasure- Sunken treasures, lost aboard ships that never arrived at their destinations, has long been the object of pursuit for treasure hunters. This part of the exhibit examines who are these hunters, what tools do they use to locate treasure, and what do they find. Actual shipwreck artifacts are part of this module. Activities include a Remote Operated Vehicle.
Buried Treasure – Pirate booty, the Knights Templar, and hoards of gold are popular themes in treasure lore and some of it really exists. How do people hunt for buried treasure? What do they find? These topics are explored in the buried treasure area.
Metal Detecting – Throughout Treasure!, the tools and technology of treasure hunting are explored. Visitors can experiment with metal detectors and see how they work in this part of the exhibit that bridges Buried Treasure and the Modern Treasure Hunt.
Gold Rushes – The gold rushes of the 19th century are slipping further into history but their impact remains in many parts of the North America. This part of the exhibit brings the hunt for gold to the visitors with an actual gold panning activity. Biographical sketches, timelines, and maps put the gold rushes in context. Visitors are also invited to be worth their weight in gold with our special scale.
Treasure! Pan for gold.
Treasures in the Attic – Bringing the treasure closer to home, the attic module shows visitors how to find treasures in everyday objects. Family heirlooms and even long-lost toys may hold hidden value. Treasure hunting is often thought of as someone else’s activity, but most of us pursue our own version of treasure in one way or another. The attic invites people to consider, what do YOU treasure?
The Modern Treasure Hunt – Contemporary treasure hunting employs exciting technology, like metal detectors. In this area, visitors will consider the various ways that people find their way (maps, compasses, landmarks) and other tools of navigation, including the Global Positioning System.
Geocaching – This family-friendly outdoor activity first appeared in 2001 and now boasts hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. Using GPS receivers, players hide and seek ‘treasure’ purely for fun. Visitors will do an indoor version of geocaching in this part of the exhibit.
Protecting Treasure – To what extremes will people go to protect treasure-or to steal it? Visitors try their hand at opening a safe.
This exhibit is included in Discovery Center general admission and located in Gallery A & B on the west side of the building.
Locally sponsored by: Relics Antique Mall
Discovery Center of Springfield is a hands-on interactive science center located at 438 E St. Louis in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Completing an expansion project in September, 2006 to be the 1st LEED Gold Certified building in southwest Missouri. Discovery Center is open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is free to members and children 2 & under. $12.00 adults, $10.00 seniors and $8.00 children (3-15).
Discovery Center of Springfield
417-862-9910 Ext. 713