Explore the Forces that Power our World
AWEsome Energy creates an immersive, interactive experience in three integrated sections: AIR, WATER, and ELECTRICITY. AWEsome Energy will allow children to better experience the “cause and effect” of their actions on energy sources, to change variables and see the impact, and to work collaboratively with family members and peers to experiment, explore problems, and create solutions.

As children explore in this hands-on environment, they build creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that will launch them into a bright future.

Kids are going to get wet in AWEsome Water.
It’s a good idea to come prepared with a change of clothes.

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  • AWEsome Air
    As you enter into AWEsome Air, you are immediately immersed into nature’s elemental forces. Feel the force of wind on your body, and don capes to “fly” in pretend play through the Wind Tunnel. Launch shuttles by jumping on ball poppers, creating compressed air at Stomp Launcher. Channel moving air by pedalling a bicycle or turning a hand-crank at the Power Tower to generate power. This exhibit demonstrates the concept that air can do work.
  • AWEsome Water
    Dive right in to experience the power and properties of water. Encounter flowing water, feel its spray droplets, and hear the bubbling of the lazy river at the Stream Table while you experiment with volume and how water makes things work. Create paths to move water through channels at the Magnetic Water Raceway. Generate energy with moving water at the big Waterwheel.

    Don’t forget Bubbles!
    Blowing bubbles takes on a whole new dimension in the Bubbles exhibit. Watch the beauty of bubbles as they rise, pop and flow in a variety of experiences. Even see what it’s like to be inside a giant bubble!

  • AWEsome Electricity
    Here you will experience power at your fingertips as electricity comes to life. Actively participate in how electricity is generated, transmitted, and stored. Create pathways for currents by building links between sources and destinations at Circuits and Conductors. Pedal a stationary bike as fast as you can to see how much energy it takes to power a tall tower of lights and motors, making the entire exhibit come alive at Pedal Power.
AWEsome Energy is Presented by:

Sponsored by:

The Christopher Family Foundation
Exelon Foundation
Institute of Museum & Library Services
Open Road Alliance-

an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Tellabs Foundation

City of Naperville’s Special Events Cultural Amenities Fund | Kazma Family Foundation | Alphawood Foundation Chicago | Blueair | Dave and Dawn Kelsch & Family | Molex, LLC | Brighton Car Wash & Detail Center | Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley | Crowe Horwath LLP | Ecolab | Energy Services Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical | Nicor Gas | SunCoke Energy | The Brinson Foundation | Susan Korsower Charitable Fund | Alben F. Bates and Clara G. Bates Foundation |
RR Donnelly Foundation