The new Power Up exhibit at the South Florida Science Center is open until Sept. 13. Guests can race drones, control flight simulators, watch Battlebots and let their imagination run wild with 3D printers in the space set up in the exhibit hall. It is every parent’s dream to let their children’s imagination loose worry-free without fear of a drone disappearing over a lake or in the neighbor’s yard, and parents can rest easy knowing their kids are in a protected environment.
“We want to make sure the learning continues outside the classroom and provide a safe place for kids this summer,” said Kate Arrizza, president and CEO of the Science Center. “We are grateful to our exhibit partners like Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) for helping us bring our guests’ imaginations to life.”
Like a new age version of “Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots” that many parents grew up with, several battle robots are on display in the Robo Riot zone, including the famous Witch Doctor. The battlebot arena on show was custom made in Las Vegas for robotic combat and is made of bulletproof glass. The spinning blades on the robots run at thousands of RPMs and can slice through each other, so the bottom of the arena is surrounded by thick kick plates.
Interacting with today’s tech is safe with guidelines enforcing social distancing and mask wearing along with rigorous cleaning procedures.
Exhibit partners include FPL, Witch Doctor Shaman, the Maker Effect Foundation and Resource Depot.
The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000-gallon fresh and salt water aquarium, digital planetarium, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” 18-hole conservation-themed Mini Golf Course and quarter mile long outdoor science trail. The newest addition includes a $2.5 million permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” and features the most advanced neuroscience research and technology in the world. New safety guidelines like social distancing and mask wearing are enforced.
For more information on Science Center programming, call (561) 832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.