Museum teaches kids about power of nature's greatest forces
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RALEIGH – The destructive force of hurricanes and tornadoes, and the power of earthquakes and volcanoes are the topics of interest as children learned about the forces of nature at the Marbles Kids Museum.
Children can run fast, but at this learning lab, they learn they are not fast enough to outrun the wind. Put a radar gun and math skills together and it adds up to a fun activity.
“They test their speed to see if they are fast enough to outrun a tornado. They play around with building a wind-safe house and sort tornado fact from tornado fiction,” said Hardin Engelhardt, with the Marbles Museum.
The museum display gets kids' minds spinning and teaches them how the shifts in our skies overhead can impact them and their families on the ground. And they see that engineering skills help erect tornado and hurricane proof safe houses.
“We hope that they learn about severe weather and natural disasters and a little bit about how to prepare in case those things happen,” Engelhardt said.
When kids can get creative and have a hands on experience, there is no limit to their learning.