Science in Motion

There has never been a better time to bring your family to The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) located in the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.

After being closed for the entire month of September for the completion of major renovations, the hands-on children's museum kicked off its grand re-opening earlier this month.

We've added quite a few new exhibits, said Laurie Miedema, director of member and guest relations for CMOST. One of those new exhibits is called Go Power, which allows children to learn about energy and its pathways.

Like all the exhibits at CMOST, kids are encouraged to play an active role in learning by becoming energy investigators, following the paths of various energy sources through the walls, floors, and cupboards of a kitchen. The exhibit teaches children about the meters used to calculate both energy usage and dollars, and explores alternative fuels that can be found in the home.

Miedema said the museum is as much about parents learning with their kids as it is about the kids having fun while learning.

"Parents are kind of intimidated," she said when it comes to many areas related to math and science. "The Children's Museum of Science and Technology offers a place for parents to come and have a hands-on experience so it's not so scary when you're trying to teach science."

CMOST has expanded its Weather Front exhibit by working with Capital News 9 and green screen technology. This allows the kids to create and broadcast their own weather forecasts. Children are able to watch themselves on screen and see replays of their weather report afterwards. Another component of this exhibit is the tornado chamber, in which visitors can see how tornados are formed.

"Kids have a good time, but they are learning at the same time," said Miedema. We talk to a lot of teachers about what the needs are in the schools. We're trying to be a resource to teachers and parents." CMOST makes efforts to create exhibits that can be tied to the state's curriculum guidelines.

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