Use the Force

In a Galaxy not so far, far away…Star Wars has undoubtedly been a juggernaut in the world of pop culture.  As we get more technologically advanced the science fiction of Star Wars is bound to become a reality for earthlings of the future and beyond.

Columbus’ own Center of Science and Industry (COSI) will be the first official U.S. stop for Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, a mega exhibit developed by the Museum of Science in Boston in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd.  The two main areas of the exhibit focus on transportation and the relationship between robots and humans.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit will feature technologies used in the Star Wars films.  It is also the first exhibition to feature costumes and props from all six Star Wars films. Extensive video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers can be seen throughout the displays.  Most interesting are the hands-on components, including two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test their own speeders and robots.

The exhibit would not have been possible without the blessings of Award-winning filmmaker and Star Wars creator George Lucas.  “I’m happy that Star Wars can help to educate people about technology in an entertaining way,” he says.  “Technological innovation and filmmaking have a lot in common; they both begin with imagination and creativity.”

The magic of Star Wars will speed into Columbus from on June 3rd and dock at COSI until September 4th.

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