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Building Immunity is heading to Alabama!

The McWane Science Center will host the exhibit beginning in July.
June 1, 2020
The McWane Science Center.

The McWane Science Center.


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Since its 2018 debut at the Association of Science-Technology Centers conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Building Immunity has been displayed to over 560,000 visitors through the Bradbury’s National Outreach Traveling Exhibits (NOTEs) program. The exhibit, a luminous, highly interactive and timely touch table, explores the science behind viruses, how they spread, and how extraordinary work at Los Alamos is essential in the fight to combat them.

Based on the revolutionary work of Bette Korber, a computational biologist at Los Alamos, the exhibit encourages visitors to “select” a virus and create a personal learning path through the touch table’s historical timeline, videos, and fantastic animations. Incredibly popular during its exhibitions at the Connecticut Science Center and Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, Building Immunity will soon be en route to its next destination—the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Created in 1998 as a cornerstone of Birmingham’s downtown revitalization, the McWane Science Center is a state-of-the-art venue with salt-water, lake, and river aquariums; a 280-seat IMAX Dome Theater; and four stories of hands-on, interactive and engaging exhibits designed to build questioning minds. Voted “Best Day Camp” by the Birmingham Magazine & Alabama Baby & Child Magazine’s Parent’s Choice Awards, the McWane’s attendance is roughly half a million visitors annually, making it the fourth-most popular admission-charging attraction in the state. Most importantly, the McWane’s mission ”to inspire children through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)” is much in keeping with the Bradbury’s own mission, which makes them a great partner for the Lab’s NOTEs program.

Building Immunity will be on exhibit at the McWane Science Center beginning in July. It will remain there through December 2020, when it will travel to its next destination. For more information about their plans for re-opening this summer, please visit their webpage.

The Bradbury Science Museum enjoys its mission to encourage interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and promote public understanding and appreciation of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Our traveling exhibit program, NOTEs, aims to reach from sea to shining sea, sending physical representations and storytelling about the Lab’s world-changing science to informal learning institutions throughout the country. With three traveling exhibits so far, and more on the way, our hope for the NOTEs program is to have each of these beautiful, educational, free exhibits installed in learning centers across the country year-round, experienced and enjoyed by learners of all ages. 

For more information on the Bradbury Science Museum's NOTEs program, including where to see our exhibits, please contact Stacy Baker at slbaker@lanl.gov.