WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- When we watch a player return a kickoff for the entire length of the field, we are in such awe of the points he just made for his team. Rarely, do we consider the science it takes to make a player run, move, or jump over the opposite team.
Paul Kortenaar, Executive Director of SCI-WORKS, said the museum hopes to educate us all with their Sportsology exhibit. "Force and energy, pressure on the ground, and work done -- these are all the things that we are trying to get kids to think about."
As part of the exhibit, they get to actually experience using the energy see how much work it takes in order to move a wheelchair forward.
He said it's a fun place to learn about reaction time. "Reaction time is one of the many things in sports that depends a little bit on your genetics and in the way you were born and a little bit on practice as you are growing up. The signal has to go from your eye that the light has gone on, go all the way to your brain your brain has to process what the reaction has to be and then send the directions to your muscles in order to create the motion that you want t actually hit where you want."
Kortenaar also said we don't just expend energy while exercising. "All parts of our body use energy all the time. We store energy from the food that we eat and then we use that energy all day long. [...] We use a lot of energy when we actually try to move ourselves when we are doing that with our legs or with our arms that going to take a tremendous amount of energy."
He pointed out the importance to taking kids out of the classroom to learn about science. "Kids often think that science is something they learn in a classroom at school and involves answering questions and writing things down they don't always recognize until they come to a place like SciWorks that actually participating and joining in and using an exhibit they are learning about the world around them and how it works.
The Sportsology exhibit is open for visitors through Labor Day. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm, and Sunday from noon to 5:00pm. Admission is $11 for adults (ages 20-61), $9 for youth and senior citizens (ages four to 19 or ages 62 and up), and kids under three are free.
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