Geothermal Rising Museum Exhibit
A new exhibit about geothermal resources, set to debut at The Discovery museum in Reno, NV., will offer a unique opportunity to visitors of all ages to learn about the bountiful source of energy hidden beneath our feet. Visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to learn about the many ways in which geothermal resources can be used to generate electricity, heat and cool buildings, and more.
The exhibit aims to showcase how geothermal resources are used for various purposes, including power generation, heating and cooling buildings, agricultural uses (greenhouses and aquaculture), and the source of therapeutic hot springs waters. This will put geothermal energy into the spotlight, and educate the public about how this essentially unlimited source of energy can help ensure that future generations inherit a healthy and habitable planet.
The value that this exhibit brings to the geothermal community is immense, and it’s an exciting opportunity for the public to gain an understanding of this renewable resource. Not only does it raise awareness of its growing potential and accessibility, but it will also spark interest and enthusiasm to participate in the industry that’s gaining global traction. The open source design component aims to help propel that objective by reaching museums and visitors around the world.
Through donations, you’ll be supporting the exhibit’s initiative to teach children and parents fundamental knowledge of geothermal resources, give older students insights into the industry they may want to pursue as a career, and encourage everyone to learn more about this reliable, sustainable, green energy that has the potential to change our world.
Three Types of Exhibit
Thanks to the leadership of Geothermal Rising and the generous support from sponsors and partners, the exhibit project has three main components that are in development. The first is a permanent installation, which will be revealed later this year. Second, a Geothermal Rising owned mobile exhibit, which will travel across the United States and be displayed at multiple sites across the country. Third, an open source exhibit design and funding will be available for museums wanting to adapt their own permanent geothermal exhibit. Geothermal Rising will be offering grant programs to assist in the building of those exhibits.
Using a set of interactive cylindrical stations with rotating trays and media screens, and interactive elements, the exhibit offers educational content about where geothermal energy comes from, how it works, how it’s used, and the opportunities it provides in multiple industries.
Presented in bot English and Spanish, the exhibit is a bi-lingual experience that extends the impact of this unique collaboration between industry professionals and the informal learning community.
All Ages Are Welcome
The exhibit caters to visitors of all ages, from young children to adults. One of the aims is to provide adult visitors with knowledge on what geothermal resources can offer, as well as address misinformation that some may have about the resource. The goal is to provide everyone a well-rounded understanding of geothermal’s potential to enrich lives, and encourage more people to become geothermal supporters.
This has great potential to inspire younger generations to pursue careers in the geothermal field, ones they may not have otherwise known. Spreading awareness of geothermal’s success across the globe can play an integral part in enrolling newer generations into fields where they can innovate and make a difference in the world.
Connecting a curious public with scientific inquiry and innovation
Since opening to the public in 2011, The Discovery has solidified its place in our region as the home for informal science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning. Through hands-on galleries and exhibitions, and a robust array of educational programs, The Discovery connects learners of all ages with opportunities to explore a wide variety of ever-changing topics, all designed to inspire curiosity and further investigation.
Originally founded as a children’s museum, The Discovery has quickly transformed into a world-class science center serving much more than families with young children. This transformation is driven by the knowledge that the museum’s potential to make a larger impact in our region requires serving a much broader demographic. By becoming Northern Nevada’s hub for fun, hands-on science exploration for all ages, The Discovery augments our community’s educational offerings and plays a critical role in the cultural and economic growth of our community.
As a proud sponsor to The Discovery’s local educational efforts, Geothermal Rising’s mission is to connect the geothermal community and champion geothermal energy not only in the United States, but also around the world.
In broadening awareness and building positive sentiment about this source of energy, some of Geothermal Rising’s objectives are to elevate innovation in geothermal technologies, and build an enabling environment that will allow expansion of the industry.