29 -- Shanghai Wind Power Museum, the first of its kind in China, opened to the
public Tuesday at the gate of the Shanghai Binhai Forest Park in coastal
|A man reads introduction of wind power
equipment on display at the newly-opened Shanghai Wind Power Museum in
Nanhui District March 28, 2006. |
The museum is one of 40 science museums which have
been planned for 2010. It will be open to primary and middle school students as
extracurricular activity venues.
"The purpose of the museum is to simplify and
demonstrate the science theories in textbooks," Wang Jianping, an official in
charge of popular science development in Shanghai Science and Technology
Commission, said yesterday.
The two-story museum is made up of four exhibition
halls including wind-driven power generation and the relationship between wind
power and people.
The museum designers said the most innovative exhibit
is a three-dimensional projection screen - an interactive cartoon show in which
visitors can operate a virtual child to reach any part of a mountain.
The screen will display the level of wind strength at
different spots of a mountain - similar to the way venues of wind power are
Additionally, various wind power machines are also
exhibited, including the oldest windmill in the early 14th century in Holland
and the state-of-the-art machines which are widely used today.
Visitors can also compare the energy of wind power to
that of riding exercise bicycles: the faster people ride a bicycle, the more
illumination appear inside the buildings in a background setting. The screen
also shows how much wind power is needed to achieve the same illumination.
"We want to give visitors, particularly children, a
very direct experience of energy despite its forms," said Hu Xuezeng, a chief
designer of the museum.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)