Explore the major sources of Earth’s energy

Energy comes in many forms. By understanding how energy is generated, we can begin to develop ways to live more efficiently.

In LSC’s Energy Quest exhibition, learn how we can balance our ever-growing energy needs with environmental impacts. Explore five different types of energy (surface, bio-stored, nuclear, ocean, and geo-thermal) and the ways we harness energy from various sources.

We thank ExxonMobil for its generous sponsorship of this exhibition.

In Energy Quest, young learners will love racing cars using a turbine and motor that you power yourself. Click here to learn more about our LSC Junior program for kids 6 and under.

Visitor info

Location: 4th Floor

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Highlights

  • See how plasma – the superheated ionized gas found on the sun – is shaped as it flows through a vacuum chamber at the Plasma Station. You’ll discover that plasma is not only important for nuclear fusion research, it’s also found in some common items like fluorescent lights and neon signs. Created by the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
  • Learn about hydrocarbons as you build and take apart three-dimensional molecular models
  • Search for oil at the Oil Drilling Station. If you want to hit a gusher, you’ll have to study the rock formations below ground and figure out the best place to drill

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