Do you think you have what it takes to get through a number of extreme survival situations? The new Exploration Place exhibit will assess these capabilities.
“Survival: The Exhibition” is the final traveling exhibit the Wichita museum will host, beginning Jan. 21 and running through April 24. The exhibit is marketed as the first and only of its kind to provide practical, real-world information and science-based techniques to prepare visitors of all ages for the survival situations they might face in their lifetime. It’s a safe space to learn and test essential survival skills in nine unique and immersive areas (forest, mountain, desert, etc.) that simulate extreme scenarios.
“Part of our mission is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for everyone,” said Chief Marketing Officer Laura Roddy. “This one has a really good mix of practical knowledge – so there’s a lot of knowledge you can pick up if you’re someone who really wants to go and soak it all up – but we really like trying to have exhibits that appeal to adults and children alike.There are lots of practical things that will keep children busy – try lighting the fire, building the shelter or climbing into the cave.
Other interactive elements include learning how to build traps, identifying edible and poisonous foliage, and a station on how to tie different types of knots. There’s even a defined area in an urban apartment with tips on what types of fire extinguishers to buy and how to create an emergency exit plan.
Typically, Roddy said, Exploration Place offers three traveling exhibits each year, all of which focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts with hands-on elements to engage visitors.
“Survival: The Exhibition” takes it a step further with the optional lava challenge. This is a purely physical element that Roddy noted not all exhibits offer, but the museum is delighted to present this with the latest exhibit as the “icing on the cake”.
Visitors’ problem-solving skills will be put to the test in the Lava Challenge, a low-ropes adventure course with six unique obstacles, which requires balance, focus, coordination and concentration to overcome.
“It’s a challenge; it’s quite a physical feat,” Roddy said. Survival’ – is also very appealing to an adult audience.”
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