AngelesWhy would anyone take a risk? For the
sheer fun of it, of course! RISK!
a new traveling exhibit opening October 4, 2003,
at the California Science Center, gives guests a
playful and informative look at risk and risk assessment
in a way that could change how they view risk in
a new 5,000-square foot exhibit developed by the
Forth Worth Museum of Science and History, showcases
a variety of interactive, realistic experiences
that invite guests to explore and understand risk
and the part it plays in everyday life. "Everyday,
life involves taking calculated risks, and our ability
to properly assess those risks affects the quality
and nature of our lives,” said Diane Perlov,
Deputy Director for Exhibits. "Our hope is
that RISK! will help visitors better
understand and deal with risk using science, mathematics,
and critical thinking skills.”
presents some extraordinary, eye-opening situations
that emphasize our perception or misperception of
risk. Imagine crossing a 7” wide steel beam,
17- stories above the ground. The stakes get higher
when wind, blaring construction noises, and a noisy
flock of birds flying by are added to the mix.
Beam Walk!, an intro to the Risk!
exhibit, teaches guests that math, science, and
probability can play a significant role in risk
assessment. This is also illustrated in the Bed
of Nails where guests discover that lying on
thousands of nails may not be the sticky situation
guests expected. As guests lie on the Plexiglas
bed, a geared system slowly raises nails through
the bed, lifting guests gently and safely. The secret
to this amazing feat lies in physics. Following
is brief a list of several zany and informative
exhibits in Risk!:
to Editors: The California Science Center
is located at 700 State Drive – Exposition Park,
Los Angeles. Enter visitor parking at 39th & Vermont;
parking is $6 per car. Activities are on all three
floors of the Science Center. Open daily from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Admission to Science Center exhibits is
free; for general information, phone 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623)
or visit our website at http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/.
Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair
Ball of Danger combines
probability concepts with non-quantitative factors
like emotion and intuition. Two containers filled
with red and white balls are presented, the red
balls representing poison. One contains 100 balls
– 91 white, nine red – while the second
has ten balls – nine white and one red.
Can guests tell which container is most dangerous?
Other hands-on exhibits in the Gambling and Probability
Area further illustrate probability with coin
flipping, dice tossing, and visual examples of
presents engaging and powerful taped interviews
with Mt. Everest survivor Beck Weathers, auto
racer Johnny Rutherford, astronaut Barbara Morgan,
bullfighter Rob Smets, and other risk takers.
The 12-minute video puts a personal face on risk
and highlights different opinions about risk.
How Risky Are You?
invites visitors to answer a series of 20 true-false
questions such as “I don't like trying exotic
foods”. The score reveals comfort level
How Old Are You Really?
computer program shows us that the lifestyle choices
we make – daily risk management decisions
– can affect our quality of life. A series
of lifestyle questions like “Do you exercise?”
and “Do you eat fatty foods?” show
that behavior influences our true “health
You Know When to Quit? reinforces
the highly personal nature of risk assessment.
In classic game show fashion, guests are put in
the hot seat and tested on how far they’re
willing to go to be a “winner.” Visitors
pull a series of eight switches to earn points.
Flashing lights, cheering, and double points reward
“good ” switch choices. But one of
the eight switches is a “bad ” switch
that immediately ends the game and eliminates
all earned points.