Traveling Featured Exhibit
Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails Traveling Exhibit Debuts at
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
10-Year Tour Brings STEM Learning with Thomas & Friends to Las Vegas
September 26, 2015
The world’s most beloved #1 blue engine rolls into DISCOVERY Children’s Museum this fall. Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails, an interactive exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS steams into Las Vegas on September 26, 2015 for a three and a half month stay through January 10, 2016.
The Thomas & Friends exhibit was designed and developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. Fisher-Price, the #1 Infant/Preschool Toys manufacturer, is the presenting sponsor for the exhibit. 3M is the national tour sponsor.
Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) – focused exhibit seeks to engage children, ages two through seven years, and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.
“The skills and proficiencies children learn and refine through play in the early years set the stage for future learning and success from the kindergarten classroom to the workplace,” said Tifferney White, CEO and President of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails will deliver high-quality playful learning experiences rooted in science, technology, engineering and math for the children
of Nevada and beyond.”
Visitors to the 1500 square foot exhibit will be delighted as they find themselves surrounded by the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. In the exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are.
© 2014 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price and sponsored by 3M.
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