The Discover Earth exhibit will be on-site at the Ephrata Public Library in May, June and July of 2013. The public opening will take place at the library on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
The traveling exhibit, which is visiting ten libraries throughout the U.S., is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the National Girls Collaborative Project. Discover Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The exhibition features an 18-inch-diameter Magic PlanetTM globe and a 42-inch multi-touch table computer. The exhibit pieces incorporate personal narratives, stunning graphics, video, animations, weather artifacts, animal specimens, and simulation-based educational games. Each host library receives a real-time digital weather station that will collect data and show how local temperature, pressure, and precipitation change during the time the exhibition stays at the library. The traveling exhibit will allow library patrons to understand how Earth's global environment changes - and is changed by - the local environment of all exhibition host communities.