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Popnology

From Sci-Fi to Wi-Fi

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Members: FREE
Non-members: $4

Land a Mars Rover; immerse yourself in nine different 3-D environments; meet the galaxy's most beloved droid, R2-D2; take a pic with a replica of Doc's DeLorean from "Back to the Future"; test drive robotics and so much more!

Get ready to geek out to this sci-fi-inspired temporary exhibition as you trace the influence of pop culture on past, present and future technology!  Experience how the way we live, work, play, communicate and move around has its roots in yesterday’s iconic movies, books, TV shows and art. The future is now!

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*Entrance to the temporary exhibition is not included in regular admission.


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Popnology is one of those temporary exhibitions you're going to want to experience over and over again. If you become a member, you will get free admission to the science center any time you want, and FREE admission to Popnology, so you can interact with this pop culture-inspired exhibition as often as you want!

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POPNOLOGIST 

[POP-NOL-UH-JIST]
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A specialist who studies how pop culture influences technology.
See also: sci-fi geek

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Popnology is the only field where watching movies and playing video games is actually a part of the syllabus! Cramming for a test and pulling an all-nighter sounds awesome!

Check out our "syllabus" below!


Think you have what it takes to be a Popnologist? Challenge yourself with our Popnology quiz!

 

Areas of Study

How We Play – Immerse yourself in a virtual reality. Play classic arcade games. Interact with 3D projected playing fields. Compose music on cutting edge instruments. Physical and electronic displays for every age bring the newest forms of entertainment to life. 

How We Connect – Experience the revolution in communication technology. Travel back in history from landline rotary phones and VCRs to video chats and smartphones. Don't miss Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and see how Sci-Fi blends with technology via artificial intelligence and the study of distant alien lifeforms. 

How We Live and Work – Discover the inventions and ideas that shape our daily lives. Interact with Baxter, the robot that’s revolutionizing the way we work. Learn about the evolution of androids, factual and fictional, with life-size icons such as the Terminator and R2-D2. Get the deets on 3D printing.

How We Move – Explore the future of transportation on Earth and beyond. Pop culture hallmarks in transportation include Mars rovers, jetpacks, the Delorean and Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future, artistic sketches featuring future plans for flying cars and the roll-out of the high-speed transportation system, the Hyperloop™.


Educators 

A Popnology Educator’s Guide has been developed as a resource for educators to use before and after the museum visit, as well as to enhance the visit itself. It will guide educators through the content and goals of the Popnology temporary exhibition and provide more information on how to incorporate inquiry-based instruction into a classroom of future innovators. 

Download Educator Guide here>>