The museum's Playmotion exhibit uses computer-generated images shown on a blank wall and children are able to utilize their shadows to interact with the solar system. When they reach out and touch a planet, an information bubble appears and identifies the planet while providing additional information on it. Another component of the Playmotion exhibit is the virtual water exhibit, which advertises "all of the fun and none of the mess." Again, the exhibit only shadows to create ripples and waves in water.
"We believe you can learn science and technology much better by touching and feeling," said Miedema.
CMOST is proud of its hands-on exhibits and notes that the only portion of the museum that is "untouchable" to visitors are the fish tanks. The Hudson River Watershed exhibit leads visitors on a trip downriver featuring a waterfall and five large tanks of fish from different areas of the Hudson River. In November, visitors will be able to take part in watershed shows that will review and discuss the impact on the river of the environment, pollution and sewer runoff.
There are four different shows playing daily at the planetarium in the museum, plus animal shows and optical illusions to round out other exciting and fun filled activities for kids. Parents can log on to the museum's Web site, www.cmost.org, for details about the program offerings or to check out birthday party options.
General admission is $5 per person for people age 2 and up, with planetarium shows costing an additional $1 per person per show. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. It is located at 250 Jordan Road in Troy. The telephone number is 235-2120.""