SciTech launches new 22-foot, interactive rocket exhibit

An exciting new exhibit is being launched on the main floor at SciTech Hands On Museum. At the center of the newest exhibit, stands a nearly three-story tall rocket ship that soars to the top of our indoor skylight.

With the increase in rocket launches, and space flight once again at the center of our imaginations, now is the perfect time to create excitement and wonder about spaceflight and the exploration of the stars.

Guests will be able to use the three launch stations around the main 22-foot-tall rocket to experiment using air pressure to send smaller scale rockets into the air. Complete with lights, sounds, video, and interactive elements, this will allow visitors of all ages to be in command of mission control for their very own journey into the heavens. 

“This is the first of our new exhibits to be installed in 2020,” said Camille Coller, the museum’s director of operations. “There are plans for at least two more major re-imagined areas this spring. This will include a completely redone area for our popular bubble exploration, and a brand new set of exhibits on weather and climate,” she said. 

The exhibit was designed by an Aurora based design firm, and the giant aluminum rocket was fabricated by Jake’s Inc., a long time local company based in Aurora, Ill. “This is a great exhibit for children,” said Arlene Hawks, the museum’s executive director. “We are grateful for the financial support of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund and the Aurora City Council. We couldn’t have done this without them.” 

The public is invited to the exhibit ribbon cutting starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The main floor will be open for free exploration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in collaboration with Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays. 

More information about SciTech Hands On Museum is available on the website at www.scitechmuseum.org.