SOURCE: Discovery Science Center

Discovery Science Center

August 29, 2011 20:27 ET

Discovery Science Center's Eco Challenge Exhibit Creates "Green Superheroes" in Orange County

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - Discovery Science Center and OC Waste and Recycling have partnered to bring a state-of-the-art, environmentally themed, eco-friendly exhibit to Orange County opening on September 1, 2011. Eco Challenge is an interactive exhibit area that combines elements of OC Waste and Recycling's mission to protect the environment and promote recycling with Discovery Science Center's ability to merge learning with fun.

Eco Challenge features three hands-on, interactive exhibit areas. First, visitors will master the skills of a green super hero in the Discovery Market by learning to become an eco-friendly shopper. Then, interactive activities inside the Eco Garage reveal the importance of identifying and properly disposing of household hazardous waste. Finally, visitors will get the dirt on trash in the Race to Recycle activity and learn how to be wise about sorting their trash to maximize resources and minimize the amount of recyclable materials going to the landfill. Throughout these challenges, members of the Eco Crew offer guidance at each decision point and serve as role models for visitors of all ages.

Discovery Market demonstrates the impact that various products and packaging materials have on the environment and teaches visitors to reduce waste before creating it through responsible and mindful shopping choices. Guests will learn to identify environmentally-friendly packaging and products by making their own decisions while shopping in a high-tech, simulated grocery store.

Race to Recycle is a hands-on, highly interactive game in which guests are taught the difference between recyclables, household hazardous waste, green/yard waste and landfill waste. This activity features a life-size waste hauling truck on which four smaller trucks are mounted, representing four players racing to the finish line. The challenge begins when the truck dumps its load of waste materials onto a conveyor belt. Players must quickly sort the materials into four categories: recyclables, hazardous waste, green waste and landfill waste. As the players sort their materials correctly, their small waste hauling truck advances toward the finish line. The first player to correctly sort enough items to move their small truck across the finish line is the winner!

Inside the Eco Garage, visitors are given a scanner and challenged to identify household hazardous waste items such as paint, gardening pesticides, motor oil and batteries. The goal of this challenge is to teach guests to identify household hazardous waste in their own homes and encourage them to properly dispose of these items at their local household hazardous waste collection facility.

"We are so grateful for the shared vision and leadership demonstrated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Waste and Recycling," said Joe Adams, Discovery Science Center President. "I am proud that Discovery Science Center is utilizing a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art exhibit to educate children and parents on the importance of making eco-friendly decisions for the long-term."

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Campbell agrees.

"We all do some recycling," Campbell said. "And we can all do more. The Eco Challenge Exhibit helps to show us what more we can each be doing to reduce, reuse and recycle. Young visitors to the Eco Challenge exhibit will be the ones creating innovative solutions to 21st century challenges. We believe that this exhibit will be a catalyst to inspire them."

About the County of Orange and OC Waste and Recycling

OC Waste & Recycling manages one of the nation's premiere solid waste disposal systems serving residents and businesses. On behalf of 34 cities and over three million residents, OC Waste & Recycling operates a network of three active landfills and four household hazardous waste collection centers.

About Discovery Science Center

Imaginations run wild through more than 100 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. Become an eco-superhero, stand under a real rocket engine and walk through the body of an Argentinosaurus! Traveling exhibits throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. Open daily 10am - 5pm. For further information call us at (714) 542-CUBE or visit us online at

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