Nevermind that the 7,200-square-foot permanent exhibit about the future of energy is funded, in part, by Exelon, the largest nuclear operator in the U.S., and BP, the second largest producer of oil and gas. The interactive visual simulations and games of this 50-minute "experience" are all about what's next, as museumgoers are invited to learn about and literally play with sustainable solutions to Chicago's energy woes. In the Energy Garden, which showcases mechanical energy being converted to electrical power, a bike brings to life visual effects and a hand crank lights up trees. During the simulation, which combines digital media with 3-D displays, teams compete to see who can construct the most energy efficient car and house.
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