Just recently, I was introduced to a brand new building to explore on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. Officially named the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), the interactive exhibits located inside are just fascinating. It both impressed and boggled my mind. The exhibits are designed to advance research and discovery, and to encourage children to explore their futures as scientists and engineers. And best yet – it’s free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ISTB 4 space includes the “Gallery of Scientific Exploration,” outfitted with kiosk-style interactive exhibits and large-format, high-definition monitors that display video from Earth-observing satellites and robotic probes of other worlds. This first floor gallery invites visitors to explore earth and space sciences through digital media, public lectures, visible laboratories, and interactive displays. Exhibits include a replica of the Mars Rover Curiosity, EarthScope, an instrument used to measure and understand earthquakes and continental movement, and Magic Planet, a digital video globe with a six-foot diameter sphere-shaped screen that presents dynamic global and extra-terrestrial information.
The Gallery of Scientific Exploration also features the meteorite display on the second floor, drawn from the extensive collection of ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies. Visitors can explore interactive displays, handle touchable specimens, and watch a video display of the collection’s specimens.
You will stretch your mind to the very edge while exploring the exhibits in this building, and learn lots of cool factoids along the way. If you have time during the week, it’s definitely worth making the trip to Tempe to explore ASU’s ISTB 4.