ROANOKE, Virginia – Residents of Roanoke will now have the opportunity to explore the latest scientific discoveries from Virginia Tech.

From flying snakes to honey bee habitats, the Science Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke will feature four new museum exhibits based on the research of students and faculty.

Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to get to know the scientists who completed the work, as each exhibit will be accompanied by photos and short biographies. People will also be able to gain hands-on experience and get directly involved in scientific discoveries and innovative technologies.

Here’s a list of the four new museum exhibits you can expect to see:

  • “Can snakes fly?” “

    • This exhibition was inspired by the work of Jake Socha, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, and his collaborators. It examines the science of gliding animals.

    • Visitors can experiment with a wind tunnel to see how different shapes react to drafts.

  • “Virginia Tech Helmet Lab”

    • This exhibit was based on research from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab and is led by Stefan Duma, director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences and Steve Rowson, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

    • He explores the effectiveness of helmets in protecting the head against extreme force.

    • Visitors can “mount” the helmet to explore impact studies performed in the laboratory and also touch the interior of various styles of helmets. Barry Miller, the lab’s director of outreach, worked with museum staff to create an exhibit that engages its audience.

  • “Propolis”

    • Based on the master’s thesis work in Creative Technologies by Renee Alarid, Associate Director of Creative Services at Moss Arts Center, this exhibit was created to help children better understand bees’ contributions to the economy through audio elements. and video that explore their life and habitat.

    • Visitors can get closer to the geometry of the beehives as the projected bees enter and exit the hive.

  • “Microorganisms: the good, the bad and the beautiful”

    • This exhibit was produced by Dana Hawley, professor of biological sciences and funded by the National Science Foundation.

    • He explores how microorganisms affect songbirds. Microscopes, samples and photomicrographs allow museum visitors to magnify the tiny and fascinating world of microorganisms.

Three other exhibits created by researchers at Virginia Tech including “Plasma,” “MirrorCraft” and “Dense Space” have been installed in previous years and are still available for visitors to explore.

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