May Section Meeting:
Madison Science Museum Presentation and Tour 5/19/16. Dave Nelson and Olga Trubetskoy of the Madison Science Museum reviewed the history and vision for the museum, described current and planned exhibits, and spoke about challenges facing the museum. The following is a list of planned new exhibits and expansions of current exhibits.
- Exhibit about physics and applied technology of plasma (based on slow plasma ball and tube)
- Second leg of the infrared-exhibit − Thermal imaging
- Expansion of bio-imaging exhibit: human and animal vision and senses. Bioengineering used to enhance human senses
- Music, sound and imaging in relation to sound waves
- Radio waves and amateur radio/radio telescope story
- Semiconductor and conductivity story
- History of computer and computation technologies
- Assistance is needed for all phases of exhibit development and construction.
- The exhibits need to be designed.
- Components need to be obtained or fabricated.
- Explanations need to be developed.
- Display copy needs to be written.
- The exhibits need to be constructed.
Dave and Olga, and the museum’s executive director, Arianna Murphy, discussed with us ways in which the Madison IEEE section and individual members might support the museum. In addition to components related to the above list of specific exhibits, museum personnel may be interested in any items of a scientific, technical, engineering or mathematical nature that someone might wish to donate. They would be interested in trade show exhibits. They are not concerned about the promotional aspects of such exhibits. They may also be interested in hearing from anyone who has a story to tell or something to demonstrate that might be of interest to a group of students.
The museum celebrates scientific and engineering achievements that have a Wisconsin connection. Museum personnel are particularly interested in historical items and documents that illustrate Wisconsin’s role in technological developments. Several members offered to check into specific items and follow up with museum personnel.
After the meeting, members had the opportunity to tour the museum and discuss the exhibits with museum personnel. The Madison Science Museum occupies the 6th floor of the south side of the Madison Area Technical College building at 211 N. Carroll St. Madison, WI. Their web site is here (MSM). Anyone who wishes to explore volunteering or making a monetary or material donation can find contact information on the museum web site.