Sphere of Influence 'Earth Revealed' Exhibit Teaches about Global Warming, Planets

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Byline: Becca Milfeld Daily Herald Correspondent

"Earth Revealed"

Museum of Science and Industry

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Admission $12 to $13 for adults, $8.50 to $9 for children 3 to 11 and $11 to $12 for seniors

Real-time maps of the weather, current sea-surface temperatures, a NASA shuttle jetting across the sky. It may sound like a space station control room, but it's only the West Pavilion of the Museum of Science and Industry.

"Earth Revealed," the museum's newest permanent exhibit, projects images of the Earth's surface onto a 6-foot-diameter fiber globe that looms above the audience.

Created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as "Science on a Sphere," the globe is a potent educational tool. It helps teach, among other things, global warming and the conditions that make earth the only habitable planet. Both are topics of the exhibit's two live programs led by museum facilitators.

Field trips to "Earth Revealed" can give schools the opportunity to tailor its use to their curriculum.

"We can pull up specific things to match what they're studying," said Nicole Kowrach, assistant director for education.

For seventh-grade students at Perspectives Charter School in the South Loop Thursday, a show on carbon dioxide, titled "CO2 and You," reinforced lessons learned the year before.

"They are familiar with global warming from studying it in the sixth grade," said Janet Lee, a special education teacher at the school. …