Innoventions not quite dead yet, adds SpectacuLAB

The death of Innoventions at EPCOT has been slightly exaggerated. Starting in November the product and concept showcase will welcome The SpectacuLAB, a new engaging, interactive show from sponsor Murata and Disney Pars Live Entertainment. Murata is a big name in the design, manufacture, and supply of advanced electronic components. They’re partnering with Science from Scientists, a nonprofit organization which is focused on improving STEM literacy at schools.

“The SpectacuLAB will spark the intellectual curiosity of children and adults alike,” said Tsuneo Murata, President of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of electronic components. “We are excited to share this with guests visiting Epcot at Walt Disney World.”

The audience participation in the demonstrations with the on-hand scientists include:

  • Guests playing ultrasonic sensor drums, simply with the wave of their hand
  • Changing the colors of barometric pressure cubes by only raising or lowering the cube
  • Accelerometer sensors measuring the guest’s force when using a hammer
  • Observing a scientist explain the principle of force by comfortably resting on a bed of nails.

“Epcot is the perfect venue to help encourage STEM participation,” said Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists. “Teaming up with Murata allows us to showcase scientific concepts in an exciting and hands-on fashion. We are thrilled to further STEM education at a place like Disney that inspires so many children and families.”

I’m very curious to see how this new exhibit fits in with Disney’s previously announced plans to completely remake the central area of FutureWorld, including Innoventions, which Disney had basically left for dead (signs were even removed from the exterior of the buildings). Would you like to see the return of Innoventions with multiple exihibits or do you think this is a last hurrah?

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