Explore over 20,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive learning opportunities from both national and international touring exhibits and select permanent exhibits from the DHDC collection. Exhibits change every fall, spring and summer, providing students something new to discover during every visit!

EXHIBITS PRICING

  • DHDC Partner Districts:       FREE!
  • Non-Partner Districts:         $2.25 per student.

 Fee applies for any amount of time in exhibit halls.

RESERVATION DETAILS

  • A minimum of 45 minutes is recommended to explore exhibits. Most groups find 90 minutes is just about perfect!
  • Exhibit admission fee provides access to every exhibit on the floor.
  • Exhibits at DHDC are designed for teacher-directed learning experiences. Check out the Educators Guides included below to help maximize your students’ learning time on the exhibit floor.

Fall 2018

Aviation

Open June 2018 – January 2019

Soar to new heights and discover the air above us! Students will have the opportunity to be inspired by all kinds of in-flight science! Learn how a wing is created and built. Explore real hands-on components of aviation equipment such as an airplane, a mash helicopter, a jet engine, and even NASA cargo! Students can get hands-on and push buttons and test flight controls to examine just how they work to guide an airplane. Watch a video of Flight History, step into a Hot Air Balloon basket, experiment with the force of the wind and how it affects flight. Fly to new heights with the Don Harrington Discovery Center and Aviation!

Aviation is produced and created by the Don Harrington Discovery Center, in conjunction with Amarillo College and Bell, and has been generously sponsored by Pete’s Car Smart KIA.

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Giant Worlds

Giant Worlds takes students on a tour of the gas giants – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune – and explores some of their most fascinating mysteries: enormous hurricanes that last for centuries; moons that harbor vast oceans below an icy surface; and magnetic environments that can generate massive storms of charged particles. Interactive learning stations and a mini-theater provide students with an in-depth look at each of the outer planets and explores what scientists have learned about these immense giants.

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Bounce

From a giant tennis ball launcher to a pin “bell” machine, Bounce explores concepts of both math and physical science through creative play. The exhibit features 35 hands-on learning stations which occupy the exhibit floor in different combinations during each rotation.

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ExploraZone

ExploraZone engages learners of all ages with hands-on stations exploring a wealth of physics concepts, including force and motion, energy transformation, mechanics and perception. Students can construct and investigate the movement of a catenary arch, explore the science behind optical illusions, discover properties of periodic motion or examine the math behind motion.

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Physics @ Play

Life Size Games for Life Size Fun! Come PLAY and learn the man concepts of physics with GIANT versions of popular games.Your heart will be pumping and your brain will be tingling in this one-of-a-kind NEW exhibit, made and produced by our own Exhibits team at the Discovery Center. What can you learn by playing Jenga, Kerplunk, Soccer Billiards, Lite Brite, Chess and Checkers? Physics @ Play explores the science of Physics while engaging the inner child in all of us- through play!

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Nano

Nano engages students in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce real world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this technology. Students discover how different materials behave as they get smaller, work to build a giant nanotube and compare effects of static electricity and gravity on different objects.

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KinderStudio

Designed for our youngest scientists, KinderStudio is a permanent exploration space for students in grades PK-1st grade. Interactive, imaginative play areas include a climbing structure; a lighted performance stage with costumes; hands-on manipulatives including blocks, tubes, books, and toys; and raw materials for creative play. It’s student-centered learning that’s tons of fun!

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Rescue

Fall Traveling Exhibit

OPEN September 22 – January 19

Search and rescue operations take place every minute, every hour, every day, all around the world. From the air to the sea and on land, responsive operations are lifelines to many people in times of need. But what does a rescue scenario really involve? Who are the teams who put themselves in these dangerous situations? And do we really know what to do if we find ourselves in need of rescuing? Rescue operations require a high level of training and are undertaken by specialist rescue squads. Rescue the exhibition, delves into this world, exploring topics related to rescue techniques, emergency supplies and equipment. Visitors can engage with exciting hands-on and full-body experiences such as firefighting, surf rescue and sea life survival.