Guests of the Scott Family Amazeum Adult Night were treated to a preview of “GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes,” the museum’s new traveling exhibit on September 23, which opened to the public on September 24. Preview attendees were encouraged to cycle to the party and had the option of joining one of three group rides to the museum run by 37 ° North Expeditions from Bentonville Brewing Company.
Organizers say, “Bikes are an integral part of the culture, economy and quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. We see them every day on city streets, country roads, the world’s greatest mountain biking trails and the Razorback Greenway. In our part of the world, bicycles affect the way we live, work and play on a daily basis.
“Cycle-themed Adults’ Night celebrates cycling, creativity and curiosity, and gives adults the opportunity to play regardless of what children might think. “
According to a press release, the exhibit was developed by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and produced in partnership with the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY integrated technology into the world’s most recognizable mode of transportation.
“GEAR UP” includes 10 bikes illustrating these categories:
• Origins – Ancestors of modern cycling, such as Penny Farthing.
• Classics (1930s-1970s) – From streamlined bikes such as the Black Phantom to Boomers’ Big Wheels and Schwinn Sting-Rays.
• Sports Bikes (1970s to present) – Multi-speed cycles from professional competition to everyday use.
• Quirks and offshoots – Custom bikes in endless ways, from full size bikes to unicycles to clown bikes. In addition, the exhibition includes a dozen interactive scientific activities, including:
• Hit the brakes! – Visitors brake this spinning disc, using three different pads to see how materials affect friction.
• Bike Body Xylophone – A series of tubes of different materials are ‘played’ by the visitor to explore why bikes can be made from different alloys.
• Gear Table – For younger visitors, a magnetic gear table allows them to experiment with simple interlocking mechanisms of their own making.
The exhibition is open Monday and Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Amazeum costs $ 10 for adults and children ages 2 and up and includes access to “GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes”. Children under 2 and Amazeum members are admitted free daily.
Game night partners included Speakup About Drugs, Bentonville Brewing Company, Koon’s Saloon, Local Moh-tiv, Food Loops and 37 ° North Expeditions.
The Scott Family Amazeum is an interactive and hands-on museum offering science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities for families. Located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, Amazeum Experiences include a Climbing Canopy, Indoor Cave, 3M Tinkering Hub, Hershey’s Lab, Nickelodeon PlayLab, the Walmart sponsored marketplace and nearly an acre of outdoor space.
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AT A GLANCE Adult Night
Who: Scott Family Amazeum What: Guests were treated to a preview of “GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes”, the museum’s new traveling exhibit. When: Sept. 23 Where: Bentonville Museum Next: The exhibition is open to the public until January 10, 2022. Information: (479) 696-9280 or amazum.org
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