Wolf Man's Ghostly Graveyard
Central Concept: Energy and Fuel Sources
Central Character: The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney)
Outside of Dracula's Library lies
the Ghostly Graveyard, its scattered tombstones visible through
several arched windows and passageways. In the graveyard, visitors
unearth the mysteries of fuels and other earthly energy matters
in an exploration of the various forms of fuels that create energy
and electricity. The Wolf Man, experienced with transformations
himself, guides visitors through energy conversion concepts.
The tombstone structures house interactive exhibits. A visitor-powered
water turbine demonstrates how hydroelectricity works. Museum
goers squeeze "organic matter" to create coal and feed
fuel to lightbulbs to keep them lit. Visitors start chain reactions
to simulate the behavior of nuclei during the nuclear fission
process. A spin of the globe identifies the abundance (or lack)
of fossil fuels and presents alternative fuel sources. The interactive
computer station, available in English or Spanish, presents more
fuel facts and quizzes.
- Standing Figure of Wolf Man (Lon Chaney)
- Broken stone grotto wall serving as entrance from Dracula
- Gravestones (each housing interactive exhibits)
- Painted graveyard backdrop with large translucent moon and
dark thunder clouds
- Broken faux stone wall
- Thunder and lightning overhead
- Water Turbine
- Natural Gas
- How Much To Light the Bulbs?
- Geiger Counter
- Multimedia Computer Station
Hydroelectricity is demonstrated in this exhibit in which visitors
generate electricity by spinning a turbine in a water tank. The
energy of the spinning turbine is used to power a generator,
which creates electricity to spin the motor, which, in turn,
lights the lights. The water turbine demonstrates the conversion
of potential energy, represented by the water in the top of the
tank, to kinetic energy, represented by the moving water through
the down tube and the turning generator. In the process, it also
shows the conversion from mechanical to electrical energy represented
by the turbine turning the generator.
Visitors turn a large valve to simulate opening gas pipelines.
When turned, a large map of the United States is illuminated
with hundreds of colorful lines depicting the vast natural gas
system in this country - enough miles of lines to circle the
equator eight times.
How Much To Light
This exhibit explores the amount of fuel needed to power an everyday
need - light. Visitors pile chunks of coal onto a scale which,
in turn, lights the bulbs, one by one. The more fuel (coal) used,
the more energy released (light).
Visitors rotate a large Lazy Susan-like disc containing everyday
objects to a Geiger counter. Objects include Fiestaware (orange
from the 1950s), smoke detector and a Coleman mantle. The Geiger
counter's clicking sound indicates radiation emissions from the
common objects, demonstrating varying radiation levels in objects
of everyday life.
Wolf Man's Multimedia Computer Station
This interactive computer station, housed in a tombstone monument,
reinforces the concepts explored in the Ghostly Graveyard interactive
- Energy manifests itself in many forms. Mechanical (potential
and kinetic), chemical, electrical, magnetic, nuclear and radiant
energy are all different forms.
- Energy can be transformed from one form to another.
- Energy conversions
are never 100% efficient. Some energy is lost in the form of
heat, making some of it unavailable for further useful work.
- Matter can be converted to energy. Enormous amounts of energy
can be involved in this conversion process.
- When energy is transformed from one object to another, or
when one kind of energy changes to another, work and/or heat