The Atoms Family exhibition uses popular Gothic horror characters to capture the attention and imagination of young and old visitors alike. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and other favorite movie monsters host activities that enhance understanding of energy conversion, production and conservation, and their relevance in our daily lives. The Atoms Family was created to serve audiences of English and Spanish speakers, but can travel as a single-language exhibit if preferred.
While physics, matter and energy might be perceived as difficult subjects, The Atoms Family's learner-focused approach using simulations, demonstrations, videos and computer interactives promotes visitor self-confidence in their ability to learn science and find their own answers. The exhibition provides subject matter relevance to real-world applications and elicits a love of learning using enjoyable, interactive educational activities in a fun setting with a famous, star-studded cast.
The Atoms Family was created with principal support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the State of Florida and Florida Power & Light. Rental of the 3,000-square-foot exhibition includes 29 exhibit components including four multimedia computer stations with custom-programmed Atoms Family energy lessons and quizzes; a life-sized, animated Frankenstein monster with moving eyes and sound effects; an introductory video presentation; scenics, furniture and props; full use of marketing materials and graphics; and educational products for replication.
The rights to use the character names and likenesses in the exhibition have been secured from Universal Studios and each individual actor estate for its national tour, provided proper credit lines are included at all times. Educational and promotional products can be further created using the characters and a selection of Universal City Studio photographs, provided no items created with the images are sold.
The Atoms Family has returned to Miami after its nine-stop national tour. The monsters visited major science centers in Tallahassee, FL; Rochester, NY; Des Moines, IA; Berkeley, CA; Norfolk, VA; Louisville, KY; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; Bloomfield Hills, MI.
|February - April 2001
||Witte Museum, San Antonio Texas
|June -August 2001
||Cranbrook Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI
|September 2001 - August 2002
||Miami Museum of Science Miami FL
|August - September 2002
||Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona CA
|October - December 2002
||The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport CT
|January -May 2003
||Arkansas Museum of Discovery, Little Rock AR
|June - Sept 2003
||Adventure Science Center, Nashville TN
|October - December 2003
||Sloan Museum, Flint MI
|January - August 2004
||Nassau County Museum, Sands Point Preserve, NY