Perot Museum Announces New Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall

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Photos by Patrick Michels
With help from Perot Museum educator Jason Treadway, Peak Prep students hoist their metaphor high.
There's really no bad time to check back in on construction at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science -- but especially on a day like today, when some serious money has just changed hands.

In a ceremony high atop the next-door Park Seventeen building, the museum announced Texas Instruments had secured the hotly contested naming rights to the 5,500 square-foot second-floor wing now known as the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall. The well-dressed crowd -- which included such luminaries at the Dallas Film Society's Michael Cain and mayoral hopeful Edward Okpa -- had a stunning view of the construction progress at the museum that'll open in early 2013 as the jewel in Victory Park's spacious crown.

TI Foundation chairman Sam Self picked up where Ross Perot left off back in March, lamenting that the U.S. is still nowhere the best in the world at producing the "technically competent people" that keep businesses running. "Science and math skills are the critical thing they need, but we're falling behind," he said.

Thanks to TI's $4.4 million donation, head fundraiser Forrest Hoglund said the museum had collected $156 million so far -- $29 million shy of its goal, if you're scoring at home. The new hall will include such hands-on exhibits as an earthquake simulator table, a wind tunnel and a build-your-own-robot station.

The morning event was preceded by a handful of science-fair-style demos by Peak Preparatory students in white lab coats, and capped off by some pun-filled demonstrations of light bulbs and electricity -- shots of which all follow after the jump.

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A red banner marks the future home of the TI engineering hall.
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Perot Museum educator Hannah Moots demonstrates the effects of static electricity, which raise hair.
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...then Moots overloaded a circuit with electricity to demonstrate how that sounds.
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It seems like the doctors just get younger every year.
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Sam Self reflects on the state of science education in America today.
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Science is serious business for Perot Museum education director Steve Hinkley.
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DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

I really can't wait to be able to take my kids when it opens.

I also promise to try not to flirt with Ms. Moots too much.

dertymindz
dertymindz

Maybe, TI can buy the naming rights to me...cuz i've been told by quite a few, that i'm one of natures abominations.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Just me or is this basically a knock-off of the Hands-on Science Center at Fair Park?

Lightsfantastic
Lightsfantastic

This will replace the two Museum's that Dallas-ites grew up knowing as The Science Place and the Museum of Natural History...which merged sometime in the early 2000's. The NATURE building, or Natural History Museum's bottom floor with it's Texas animal dioramas will remain open, but the upper floors will be remodeled to do pure paleontology research. the SCIENCE building, or The Science Place, will move to Victory Park.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Can't wait for the Chesapeake Energy Gas Explosion simulator.

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