Motion lab, mind control activities, T-rex races and more
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard Perot Museum of Nature and Science Director of Corporate Giving Christina Cavalier speak about the many displays and activities at the museum May 2.
“The Perot Museum is 85,000 square feet and contains 11 exhibition halls and one traveling hall,” Cavalier said.
“Our paleontologist found two new species of dinosaurs in Alaska. The museum now displays a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil,” Cavalier added.
In addition to a never-seen before dinosaur, the five-floor museum features a 3-D theater, a dino dig for children 5 and under and a sports hall with a motion lab allowing visitors to race a T-rex against professional athletes.
Also of interest is the Dynamic Earth Hall that has an earthquake shake table, Being Human Hall and Energy Hall.
“I could get lost in the Energy Hall. I learn something new every time I go in there,” Cavalier said.
Perot Museum also features a mind control simulator where visitors can move Ping Pong balls with their brain waves and have an opportunity to control a robot.
Adults Only programs are available as well, giving grown-ups a themed night out on the town. Adult programs feature a cash bar, innovative experiments and dynamic performances.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The Perot Museum also offers workshops for Brownies and Girl Scouts and homeschools, as well as sleepovers, summer camps and a Night at the Museum.
The Perot Museum is the result of merging the Science Place, Dallas Children’s Museum and the Dallas Museum of Natural History together.
The museum has a great view of the downtown Dallas skyline and is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Memberships are available.
For more information, go to www.perotmuseum.-org.
In other news, Rotarians:
• awarded Mabank Independent School District Education Foundation $2,000, accepted by board member Deborah Brendel.
Brendel said MISD has a diverse community of more than 3,600 students with 2,600 receiving free lunches.
“Through this grant we can provide programs to help students be successful in the workplace, breaking the cycle of poverty,” Brendel said.
• Kemp ISD Education Foundation was also awarded a $2,000 grant, accepted by Melinda Polk.
Polk said the grant will be used for innovative teaching methods.
• the golf tournament April 25 raised more than $13,000.
• heard Rotary Club member Lou Talbot received $25 for perfect attendance.
• heard Mike Moore and Ronnie Davis win two free tickets to the Perot Museum.
• heard District 5830 is up by 14 members since 2013, seven of which are from the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.