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September 20, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Do it yourself:  3D printing
Did you know that there are 3D printers that can build 3D models of just about anything from toys, jewelry, food and even organs; and it all starts with math, science and engineering?

3D Printing imageThis study will introduce the concept of 3D printers and their use, with the aim of introducing children and adults to the fun and practicality of math, science and engineering.

Stop by 3D printing exhibit and see a 3D printer in action, from the design of a product using computer aided design (CAD) software, to the printing process, a layer by layer melting of plastic into the 3D shape of the final product. See firsthand the future of rapid prototype and customizable fabrication capable of making any virtual model into a real life object.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Yuankun Lin, associate professor at the University of North Texas, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Can your listening environment impact your task performance?
Many people listen to music or watch TV while they work or study.  Does the music help them do better work?  Some researchers argue that auditory input helps a person ignore distractions around him or that the “digital generation” requires multiple stimuli to stay focused.  Other scientists claim that music is a distraction that lowers the quality of work.

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of the listening environment during a simple mental task.  Participants will complete a simple mental task during four different auditory conditions:  silence, white noise, and two different musical selections.  Results will be compared between conditions, and each participant will be able to determine if the listening environment has affected his/her own task performance.

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Dr. Lin Lin, University of North Texas.   The study is conducted in conjunction with the MBE Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington and Deborah Edwards, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

September 20, 2014
1 - 4 p.m.

Does playing video games help make us healthier and smarter?

Does your child play video games? Are you concerned about your child playing video games and their health, intelligence, and happiness?

RLC imageThis study aims to examine the relationship between health, well-being, physically interactive video games, and cognitive function among children. All children will be invited to play the Dance video games. Body composition assessment (height, weight, and skin fold measurements) will be provided for younger children, while older children will have the opportunity to self-report their perceptions of interactive video games. Parent feedback will supplement information on a child’s cognitive functions. Researchers will be available onsite to answer any questions that parents may have related to their children’s health and learning. Results of this study will be compiled to provide insight into potential relationships between physically interactive video games and children’s physical or cognitive well-being.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Xiangli Gu, Dr. Lin Lin, and Dr. Tao Zhang of University of North Texas and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.











Fun Fact
When established in 1941, the Museum was the first children's museum in Texas and one of the first children's museums in the nation.

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