In conjunction with Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, Catawba Science Center (CSC) is welcoming a real groundhog to the SALT Block on February 1, 2014, for the Wicked Weather Family Day. Visitors will get a chance to meet Miss Odessa (Odie), a live groundhog from 11 AM to Noon, do various weather related activities from 10 AM to 4 PM and view special showings of Force 5: Weather Unleashed in the Millholland Planetarium at 1 PM and 3 PM.
During her visit, Odie will make her prediction for the next six weeks of weather. Guests will also get a chance to meet Odie and learn about her habits. Be prepared to arrive early, Odie will only be in attendance for a short time period.
the prognosticating pest, visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about weather by participating in numerous hands-on activities in the North Lobby and Inventor’s Workshop. Potential meteorologists will learn how to identify different varieties of clouds and the weather associated with them. Visitors will also become familiar with several tools used to measure weather and see lightning up close!
Guests who want to experience high winds safely can venture down to the Earthwatch Center and enter CSC’s Tornado Simulator, for an additional fee. Daring participants will become familiar with excessively high winds in this interactive exhibit. The Tornado Simulator produces winds in excess of 78 MPH and provides a great photo opportunity for anyone willing to enter.
After learning about groundhogs, clouds, weather and being blown away by tornado force winds, those in attendance will have an opportunity to see Wicked Weather in action. CSC will show two special presentations of Force 5: Weather Unleashed in the Millholland Planetarium. Extreme weather takes center stage in this full dome animated show revealing images not seen by the naked eye due to their life-threatening nature. Using real movies and NASA based images; Force Five offers the audience a vantage that would never be safe in the real world, creating a sense of what it would look and feel like if you were standing in the middle of a deadly storm. Planetarium show admission is $2 for members and $3 for non-members.
Thanks to the generous support of von Drehle Corporation and Shurtape, many of the activities associated with the Wicked Weather Family Day and Wicked Plants: The Exhibit are included in CSC’s General Admission rates, and admission is always free for CSC Members. For more information about Catawba Science Center’s latest exhibits, events, Summer Fun hands-on science camps, programs and membership visit CatawbaScience.org or call 828/322-8169. Wicked Plants: The Exhibit was developed by the North Carolina Arboretum. Please visit them in Asheville, NC.