March 17, 2004

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Contact: Bradley Kemp, KU Natural History Museum, (785) 864-4540

School's out and science is in at the KU Natural History Museum March 22-27

LAWRENCE Visitors can delve into the science of superpowers at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum with demonstrations, experiments and art activities during spring break, March 22 through 27.

"Superhero Science" is the first in a new series of free gallery activities scheduled to coincide with local schools' breaks. The week's activities are an opportunity to learn about levitation and flight, super strength, invisibility, telepathy, super vision and more -- all the extraordinary abilities of superheroes and the ways a knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology can enable ordinary mortals to mimic those abilities.

Visitors will practice ways to make one another and ordinary objects invisible, attune their hearing and vision to bionic proportions, control matter and even float on air. They'll make model hovercrafts, ride a full-size hovercraft and learn how to make one at home. Local comic book artists and writers will help visitors design their own superheroes and imagine ways to explain their super-abilities.

The special "Superhero Science" activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the museum's galleries and classrooms. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about "Superhero Science," call (785) 864-4450. The next round of school's-out programs will be during weekends this summer. The topic: "Survival Science."

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