design-zone.JPGOpening at the National Museum of Play® June 2 Rochester, N.Y. - What does it take to create a video game, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces big thrills?  Discover how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do amazing things at Design Zone, a highly interactive new exhibit opening June 2 at the National Museum of Play at The Strong®. (And don't miss Tim Fort, the Kinetic King, from America's Got Talent as he displays exploding, chain-reaction Popsicle-stick art during opening weekend, June 2 & 3.) Go hands-on in art, music, and engineering zones. Among the engaging Design Zone activities:

  • Roll into the Theme Park where you will discover the math and physics behind anything that moves. Use computer graphing simulation to design and test a virtual roller coaster track that moves the coaster safely through a series of hills with maximum thrills.
  • Visit the Action Sports Arena where you can design your own Skate Park and test your design with a virtual skater.
  • Compete in a simulated Bike Race.Test gear combinations, select a course, and ride your cycle to victory!
  • Step into a Recording Studio and play drums, mix music, and practice your DJ skills on simulated turntables. Discover how many beats per second it takes to get bodies moving on the dance floor. Hear the math in the music while you explore relationships between length and pitch in musical instruments, ratios and rhythms, and visual representations of sound.
  • Come to the Dance Party where you will discover how light show technicians create mesmerizing patterns with rotating mirrors and a single laser. Put together your own laser light show with swirling laser light patterns to match the music, and get your friends moving to the beat.
  • Enter the Video Game Design Lab, the Architecture Studio, and the Digital Designarea to find out how visual designers use scale, pattern, coordinate grids, equality, and slope to turn ideas into reality. Test your 3-D building skills by creating a wall, tower, or plaza, and other structures. See how video game designers use algebra to create games with the right feeland level of challenge and adjust the variables to design a game that gives you the highest score.

Design Zone remains at the National Museum of Play through September 3, 2012.  The exhibit is included with general museum admission fees. Design Zone was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. ============================================================== Museum Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children (2-15) $11, Children younger than two free, Museum members free. Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.