For Immediate Release
Contact: Thomas Larson
Get stuck on adventure at Science Museum Oklahoma
‘Tape & Tunnels’ opens Oct. 6
OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 1, 2015) – Area families will have the opportunity to explore landscapes of LYCRA®, constructions of cardboard and tunnels of packing tape when “Tape & Tunnels” opens Oct. 6 at Science Museum Oklahoma.
The exhibit was created by the Tulsa Children’s Museum for the Oklahoma Museum Network. It is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and it features a whimsical space built of repurposed and recycled materials.
“The iconic structure of the exhibit is the translucent tape tunnel that encourages visitors to climb, crawl and explore while supported only by interwoven layers of packing tape,” said Eileen Castle, director of the Oklahoma Museum Network. “The tunnel-like tube is an engineering wonder.”
In the exhibit, a pin wall made of cardboard tubes encourages visitors to manipulate tubes of varying widths to create new shapes and forms. Visitors can use pulleys to shape the fabric surface of a LYCRA® table, directing the motion of balls rolling across it on the elastic landscape.
“The do-it-yourself environments within ‘Tape & Tunnels’ inspire artistic expression, thoughtful problem-solving and active learning,” Castle said. “Driven by their own curiosity, visitors can explore open-ended exhibits in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.”
“Tape and Tunnels” was originally designed by the staff at the Tulsa Children’s Museum, an OMN partner museum. After an overwhelming response in Tulsa, the museum created a traveling exhibit for the Oklahoma Museum Network.
“Drawing from the most successful and loved components of Tulsa Tape and Tunnels, Oklahoma Museum Network can now share the wonder of engineering and the satisfaction of exploring with families across Oklahoma,” Castle said.
“Tape and Tunnels” opens to the public Oct. 6 and will be on display through March 2016. The exhibit is included in museum general admission ticket prices. Daily general admission at Science Museum Oklahoma is $14.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). For more information, please visit www.sciencemuseumok.org or www.oklahomamuseumnetwork.org.
About the Oklahoma Museum Network
The Oklahoma Museum Network, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, is a statewide collaboration of museums working together to provide discovery learning experiences and science education resources to families, students and educators across the state.
About the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it has committed over $50 million through the Children’s Discovery initiative.